Cathy and Mike Merra have been involved in the southern New Hamphire running community for many years. They are the founders of the Granite State Flash Junior Olympic Cross Country program. Cathy is the head cross country coach at Merrimack High School and an assistant track coach (sprints) at Souhegan High School. She also founded the cross country program at the Amherst Middle School. At the age of 51 she ran a 3:10 at the Boston Marathon finishing 4th overall in her age group out of 785 qualified runners. Cathy is the mother of two grown sons and works as a site coordinator for St. Joseph Community Services Meals on Wheels program.
Mike recently retired from coaching after six seasons as Varsity Boys Cross Country Coach at Nashua High South where he helped guide his team to four consecutive Meet of Champion appearances. While coaching with the Granite State Flash three of his teams captured National Junior Olympic Titles. He has run 10 marathons including a personal best of 3:05 at Boston after turning 50. He has been a practicing attorney with Merra & Kanakis in Nashua for more than 30 years specializing in civil litigation.
Pictured Above: Mike and Cathy Merra just after the Flying Pig Half Marathon in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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