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Christy Cosgrove winning the 5K in 19:33

David Hinga breaking the 5K course record in 14:58

Marielle Yost celebrating the win in the 15K

Chris Teague winning the 15K

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Run Your Turkey Off, 5K, 15K, Tewksbury, MA - 11/11/01

Photos and report by Cool Running

Tewksbury, MA - November 11, 2000. Dave Hinga set a course record of 14:58 (4:50 pace) in the 5K despite cold and a strong wind. Christy Cosgrove from Boxford, won the 5K in a time of 19:33.

Chris Teague from Norwood, won the 15K in a time of 49:51 at a 5:21 pace. He also used the 5K as a warmup and came in third in a time of 15:48. First place woman was Marielle Yost from Lexington in a time of 1:01:42. When asked about the toughness of the course today, Marielle commented that she recently competed in an Ironman in Germany so it was not too tough by comparison. She was in a group of other women for the first 2 miles but was able to draw on her strength for the second half of the race. She was about 90 seconds ahead of 2nd place finisher (Susan Kenney of somerset). Marielle has only been racing for 5 years and her next big goal is to break the 3:00:00 mark at a marathon. Her target is Boston 2002.

From the Race Director:

Directing the RYTO was challenging, especially coordinating the logistics of multiple events. It helped that the previous Race Director (RD), Dave Tyler, had established many good relationships with sponsors that I was able to benefit from this. Overall I am happy with the turnout. There were exactly 1,000 registered participants, meeting my goal. It was exciting to have a new 5K course record under my direction, Dave Hinga 14:58, eclipsing the old record, 15:13 set by Dave Dunham in 1998. I would like to have seen all of the course records fall, perhaps next year. As with most any race there were some issues, our most prevalent being changed start times that were the result of a conflict between the race and Veteran's Day Memorial services. This caused the event to be re-scheduled to earlier times, after preliminary advertisements had already been published, this change was difficult to communicate to the running community. I apologize to those runners who were inconvenienced by the start time changes. I would like to extend a great big THANKS to all of the volunteers who gave up their Sunday morning to assist with this event, GLRR members, friends & family. I especially would like thank my wife, Debbie, for putting up with the mayhem over the last several months as I took over the house with race supplies and equipment. The generosity of numerous participants will allow local food pantries to provide many warm meals to those in need over the coming holiday season. It's a rewarding experience to do something I enjoy and be able to help others at the same time.

I hope all the participants enjoyed themselves and will return next year, with a friend.
John Burke