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Hill Of An Effort For Maxwell In Women's Buildup

After running what she thought was up hill for nearly the entire first half of Sunday’s Boston Buildup 25-kilometer race, Jane Maxwell thought it was all downhill from there. “After mile six or seven, I’m expecting the hills to be over,’’ Maxwell said, “and they’re not.”

Maxwell navigated the terrain better than any other woman in field, finishing in 1:40.38. Dana Parrott holds the course record of 1:39:44 set in 1999.

The 29-year-old Manhattan resident was competing in her first Boston Buildup event this year. She ran it as preparation for a half marathon in California this spring.

While Maxwell ran off with the 25-kilometer win, Tina Senft of Stratford and Cathrine Wolden of Pound Ridge battled for the overall title in the women’s division of the four-race series. Wolden ran 1:42:29 in Sunday’s race and finished second, while Senft ran 1:44:57 and finished fourth. Senft captured the series crown, in large part because Wolden missed one of the races.

The series title is the third straight for Senft, who competes in the races along with her father, Daniel. “I never have a goal to win the series,’’ Senft said. “That way I’m not disappointed if it doesn’t happen.”

Wolden, 37, lives in Pound Ridge, where the bad hills are.“You would think I would know how hard it is, but I just moved there in July,’’ she said. “That’s a challenging course. It’s way harder than Boston.”

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