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The "Coffee O" Five (formerly the FTC Friday Night Five)
Falmouth, MA, June 15, 2001
McPherson First Father in Close Pre Father's Day "Coffee O" Five
by Ken Gartner
According to the calendar it wasn't even summer yet, but it felt like mid-August on Friday night. It was hazy, hot, and humid and a very tough night for running. It was not a night for running personal best times, and no one did. The most welcome sight out there was the Haycock water stop just past the two mile mark on Elm Road. The second most welcome sight was the huge cooler of ice water that Coffee Obsession owner, Hugh Birmingham, lugged to the finish line for the very hot and thirsty runners.
In honor of Fathers Day, a Coffee "O" gift certificate was awarded to the first father to finish the race this week. It was a real horse race for the coveted certificate, as three fast fathers stormed down Walker Street to the finish in a very tight pack. In the end, Dave McPherson was able to hold off Michael Ouimet by 10 seconds and Steve Hamel by 20 seconds. It was Ouimet's first victory over Hamel, a tough running veteran who once took third place in the Falmouth Road Race many, many years ago.
Once again there was another first time winner for the women's race. This week it was Chris Scott who braved the elements to escape with her first Coffee-O-Five win. She edged Sharon Napier by just 20 seconds. Nichole Grevelis took third, just ahead of her friend, Dana Delorme.
After the race, McPherson was mum about what he would buy with his prize. It is very doubtful that he dashed off to by a cup of hot coffee.
The Coffee-O-Five is held every Friday night at 5:30 p.m. from Town Hall Square in Falmouth. There is no charge for this self-timed event, and all runners are welcome to participate. Next week will mark the four year anniversary of the event. It was four years ago that Tommy Leonard, the founder of the Falmouth Road Race, yelled "Go!" to send the inaugural lucky 13 runners on their way.