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The "Coffee O" Five (Formerly The FTC Friday Night Five)
Falmouth, MA, July 20, 2001
Critzer and Correia Impressive at "Coffee O" Five
by Ken Gartner
Summer is in full swing and the times at the weekly "Coffee O" Five are getting faster. This week, five runners finished under 30 minutes for the first time in over a year.
Despite starting several minutes late, 16-year-old Eric Critzer almost reeled in the entire field. He finished with a time of 28:11, good enough for first place over-all. His time was a personal best for 5 miles and also shattered the 18 and under "Coffee O" Five course record. It is one of the top five times run on the course this year.
Mike Norton, who started on time, reeled in Rodney Furr of Vermont with a mile to go and took second place. Don Fay, broke 30 minutes with one second to spare in his "Coffee O" Five debut. Luc Claessens, fresh off a 3:11 marathon in San Diego, ran 30:57. Brian Nelson and Mike Ouimet both ran personal best times of 31:01 and 31:10 respectively.
The women's race was very fast and competitive this week. The top four women finished in succession with Norm Wainwright sandwiched in between. Nancy Correia, who hasn't been seen at the Friday night run in over a year, picked up where she left off with a first place finish. She edged Margaret Bradley by only 12 seconds with a time of 33:33. It was Ms. Bradley's first Friday night run in over a year as well. Sarah Keller and Heather Driscoll took third and fourth with times of just over 34 minutes.
Jim White has a lock on the "Coffee O" Five "Dedicated Runner of the Year" award. Mr. White had a fine run of just under 43 minutes but may have been so worried about making the start that he neglected something far more important, getting his marriage license for his wedding the next day. Ironically the "Coffee O" Five starts and finishes right outside the Town Hall building, the same place where marriage licenses are issued.
The "Coffee O" Five is held every week at 5:30 from Town Hall Square in Falmouth. There is no entry fee for this self timed event and all runners are welcome to participate. There are rumors circulating about post-race festivities to follow next week's race.