Suda’s toughest competition is expected to come from one of two runners — Newburyport resident Maddy Hribar or Newburyport High alumna and Bates College senior Lindsay Cullen. Hribar is having a great spring on the running circuit. She was the top women’s finisher in the area at the Boston Marathon, finishing in 3:01.17. She also won the Newburyport PTO Spring Fever 5K two weeks ago in 18:16. The pace was slightly faster than the one Suda ran last year in the Trav’s Trail Run.
Cullen won the Newburyport Flag Day 5K last summer after her junior year at Bates College. She ranks on the team’s all-time top 10 list in several events, such as the 5K and 3K. She finished five seconds behind Suda in last year’s race.
For those who plan to compete in Trav’s Trail Race, a last-minute pre-entry and number pickup is available at Greater Boston Running Company tomorrow from noon to 4 p.m.
Although no one will likely attempt the feat, it is conceivable that a die-hard runner could compete in Trav’s Trail Run and the Newburyport River Run Half Marathon, which starts Sunday at noon. Fuel Training Studio will host the event, with a portion of the proceeds going to One Fund Boston. The race will look to capitalize on the growing popularity of distance running in the area. The annual Green Strides Marathon in October has quickly become one of the most popular races of the year.
On Saturday at 11:30 a.m., the Winner’s Circle Running Club will host Evelyn’s Run for the Roses. A Men’s Run for Women will start three minutes after the gun sounds for the women’s race. Evelyn’s Run for the Roses features the popular mother/daughter and sister/sister divisions. Proceeds will benefit A Safe Place, Inc.