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FTC Friday Night Five
Falmouth, MA, April 13, 2001
Good Friday Night Five
by Ken Gartner
It was Good Friday and it was also Friday the thirteenth. It also wasn't raining which may be why there were 36 runners this week at the Friday Night Five, the largest field of the year. Among them were nine runners who were just out there taking it easy so they would be well rested for Monday's Boston Marathon.
Shirley Frye returned after a two year absence from the Friday Night Five. She was the first woman to cross the line with a time of 33:30, the fastest women's time of the year. Sarah Correia of Amherst wasn't far behind, as she posted a time of 35:04, her fastest Friday Night Five ever.
It was Michele Bianchini of Venice, Italy who actually had the early lead, but he had strict orders from his coach, Giuliamo Bastianon to only run one mile of the race in order to be well rested for Monday's marathon. Mr. Bastianon, also of Venice, must know a thing or two about running, as the 58 year-old Italian runner took fifth over-all with a very fast time of 31:48.
After the race the large contingent of Falmouth Track Club runners who were entered in the Boston Marathon sat down at the Quarterdeck for a pre-race training meal.
The Friday Night Five is held every week at 5:30 from Town Hall Square in Falmouth. There is no charge for this self-timed event, and all runners are welcome to participate.