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We had a wonderful melting pot of runners this evening, a melting pot full of all races and nationalities...a main ingredient in what has made our great country what it is today....a nation of all people!!
Siskel & Ebert would give tonights race 4-stars...world class runners, competition, running club camraderie & the "hippest" post race cheer!!!
Former World Marathon Record Holder Belayneh Densimo, who has been visiting with us all summer on the Charles River finally laced the sneakers up and tackled a Somerville Striders AC weekly race in it's hometown..Somerville, MA..
SSAC homey, Matt Corcoran was given the job of keeping it an honest race for Belayneh since he had no idea of the course and you don't want the Former World Marathon Record Holder getting lost...not good for the race director:>).....anyway Matt Corcoran got a PR for the course and Mr. Densimo got a pleasant tour of Somerville and quick run in!!
And when you want to talk about American Steel then you have to include Paul Donahue of the Melrose Running Club in that conversation..he won last weeks race...knew that Mr. Densimo and other fast twitch muscle runners would be in the house..yet he said "I'll be back to defend my title"...American Steel only gets stronger in a time of adversity!!! and Mr. Donahue PR'd toooooooooo!!!
Men's Open: 1. Belayneh Dinsamo BERC Addissabba, Ethiopia 18:20 2. Bruke Tadissee BERC Addissabba, Ethiopia 18:32 3. Paul Donahue MRC Melrose, MA 20:18 4. Joe Quintanilla Chelsea, MA 26:08 5. Mick Manoogian SSAC Somerville, MA 26:09 6. Ryan Hanna Watertown, MA 27:21 7. Mark DeGuero Weymouth, MA 29:05 8. Dave Joyce Dorchester, MA 29:06 9. Tom Norton Acton, MA 31:45 10. Jim Weemhoff SSAC Indiatlantic, FLA 31:59 Clydesdale: 1. Matt Corcoran SSAC Weymouth, MA 18:21 2. Chris Hastings MRC Malden, MA 21:47 3. Larry Driscoll USACFRF Watertown, MA 26:06 4. Mike Hume SSAC Amesbury, MA 26:10 5. Elvis Bird SSAC Somerville, MA 30:18 6. Eric Fish USACFRF Hinsdale, MA 31:58 Men's Masters 1. Frankie Keane IATC Charlestown, MA 21:54 2. Kevin McWatters Somerville, MA 23:00 3. John Grant IATC Medford, MA 24:11 4. John Nott IATC Medford, MA 24:46 5. Jack Curtin IATC Cambridge, MA 32:00 Women: 1. Meredith Haff SSAC Somerville, MA 25:15 2. Kim Rothman Somerville, MA 25:16 3. Patricia French CSU Somerville, MA 25:23 4. Michelle McAndrews SSAC Nashua, NH 25:58 5. Sue Driscoll SSAC Watertown, MA 27:19 6. Margaret Sweeney MRC Malden, MA 27:32 7. Kerri Keane MRC Medford, MA 27:33 8. Nancy Macri SSAC Somerville, MA 30:44 9. Kara Martin SSAC Watchung, NJ 32:10 10. Sara Faccidomo SSAC Somerville, MA 32:11 11. Andrea Johnston Somerville, MA 34:16 12. Karyn Corcoran SSAC Weymouth, MA 36:38 SSAC= Somerville Striders Athletic Club IATC= Irish American Track Club MRC= Melrose Running Club CSU= Cambridge Sports Union USACFRF= USA Clydesdale & Filly Racing Federation BERC= Boston Ethiopian Running Club