Monster Dash is a late-season sprint duathlon in Lowell/Tyngsboro that can be hit or miss as far as the weather is concerned. (It was snowed out in 2011.) This year was a big hit weatherize, and NEMS was there to make the best of it. Five club members raced, and all five made it on the podium, including the top two spots overall.

• Lucas Pozzetta – Race winner
• Chris Poulos – 2nd-place overall
• Richard Hostler – 1st-place AG
• Jon Wilk – 2nd-place AG
• Allyssa Bedard – 2nd-place AG

Posing before the race. It wasn’t long before we ditched the hats and gloves.

Lucas flying toward the finish and the overall win!

Allyssa smiling big as she comes in off the bike.

This is a fun, low-key race you may want to consider for the future. Post-race food includes home-made pumpkin whoopie pies and hot chicken-noodle soup. But the biggest draw of all has to be the unique ceramic skulls that are awarded to the top overall and age group winners.

Lucas and Richard showing off their sweet skulls.

This video of the race was shot by Colin Cook and includes NEMS racers as well as a few others, including his wife, Kristen, who was competing in just her second multisport event. Great job all around!