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Goffstown Resident wins 37th Annual David French Goffstown Gallop

GOFFSTOWN - 6 July 2016:  On 25 June 2016 in a field of 168 registered runners, local resident Andy MacGibbon, 20 of Goffstown crossed the finish line first with an official race time of 28 minutes and 34 seconds in the 37th Annual Goffstown Gallop.  MacGibbon averaged a 5 minute 30 second mile timing during his race.  Crossing the line 2nd was Cody Murphy, 18 of Dunbarton on the tail of MacGibbon with an official time of 28 minutes and 44 seconds.  Mike Veilleux, 38 of Weare finished 3rd with an official time of 29 minutes and 13 seconds.  The entire field of registered runners totaled 168.

At race time the temperature was approximately 78 degrees with a mostly sunny sky, just about perfect for any athlete in the competition. 

The start of the race was at 8:30am sharp with Goffstown Parks and Recreation Director, Rick Wilhelmi ensuring all is on time.  David French at the top of the ladder gave the GO to runners at race time.  Runners were off to a brisk start as if all were driving hard for a first place finish.

The course begins and ends at the Goffstown Recreation Center on Mast Road and is open to both resident and non-resident classes.  There are 1st and 2nd place awards in each age category including a wheelchair division.




Closing ceremonies included awards in all categories fairly soon after the conclusion of the race, and almost all runners felt the heat of the day crossing the finish line drenched.  Beverages, water and fruit were on hand to help with avoiding dehydration.  The course also set up tables with volunteers passing out water to runners while on the go.  A quick non-stop intake on the run as they passed and well, of course all cups were picked up at the conclusion of the race.  It is often a great place to watch the race from in the heat of passion for a win.

We congratulate Andy MacGibbon in his win during the 37th annual running of the David French Goffstown Gallop.  Andy has ran the course in previous years and he is often seen running on Tibbetts Hill Road.  The photo to the left is Andy receiving his award for his 1st place finish from David French and Rich Wilhelmi.

Classes are outlined as:


MEN - 17-29

MEN - 30 - 39

MEN - 40 - 49

MEN - 50 - 59

MEN - 60 - 69

MEN - 70 - 79 and MEN 80 and UP


WOMEN -  17 - 29

WOMEN - 30 - 39

WOMEN - 40 - 49

WOMEN - 50 - 59

WOMEN - 60 - 69 and WOMEN 70 and UP

(above photographs courtesy of Barbara French)


Goffstown is a town in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 17,651 at the 2010 census. The compact center of town, where 3,196 people resided at the 2010 census, is defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as the Goffstown census-designated place and is located at the junction of New Hampshire routes 114 and 13. Goffstown also includes the villages of Grasmere and Pinardville. The town is home to Saint Anselm College (and its New Hampshire Institute of Politics) and the New Hampshire State Prison for Women.

Prior to the arrival of European settlers, the area was frequented by Native Americans due to its ample fish population.

The town was first granted as "Narragansett No. 4" in 1734 by Colonial Governor Jonathan Belcher of Massachusetts, which then held authority over New Hampshire. It was one of seven townships intended for soldiers (or their heirs) who had fought in the "Narragansett War" of 1675, also known as King Philip's War. In 1735, however, some grantees "found it so poor and barren as to be altogether incapable of making settlements," and were instead granted a tract in Greenwich, Massachusetts.           



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