Maggie Hanson, a 2002 Hamilton Graduate who led the Lady Continentals' Cross Country and Track teams, has experienced continuing running success since graduating. The 23 year-old former All-American won the women's title in the Beach to Beacon 10K road race that took place on August 2 in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
Hanson placed 96th out of 4,273 runners. Maine's Press Herald reported that Maggie crossed the line with a huge smile on her face; "Hanson, five years removed from Mt. Ararat High and one from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., became the first runner other than Julia Kirtland (1998-2000) and Christine Snow-Reaser (2001-2002) to win the Maine women's title. She did it in 35:48, the best time since Kirtland won the last of her three races." Although her finish was impressive, Hanson had doubts after her fast start"I kind of got caught up in the moment," she said. "I wasn't sure if I could keep up." The Press reported that "Hanson...dropped behind Christine Snow-Reaser of Dayton and Jenna Richardson of China - last year's champion and runner-up in the Maine women's division."
"Hanson returns to school this fall at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where she will pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology. In June, she completed a one-year stint as a research assistant at the National Institute of Mental Health in Washington, D.C., then returned home to Bowdoinham."
"Hanson averaged a 5:46 mile...Not nerves, not the fast start, not even the persistent prerace rain could put a damper on Hanson's parade Saturday. "It's always been bright and sunny at this race," she said. "This year was a little different, but it was still beautiful.'"