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"Coffee O" Five (formerly The FTC Friday Night Five)
Falmouth, MA, June 22, 2001
Four Years and More Than 200 Runs Are Celebrated in Friday's "Coffee O" Five
by Ken Gartner
Friday marked the four-year anniversary of the "Coffee O" Five. There have been several name changes through its history, but it has remained the same self-timed five mile run along the shores of beautiful Vineyard Sound. For four years the runners have lined up in Town Hall Square regardless of the weather.
Carolyn Bird is the all-time leader in number of "Coffee O" Fives run. She has run the race 181 times, or about 925 miles worth of five milers. Jurek Blusztajn, who has run the fourth most number of races, completed his 104th run this week. Judi Keller and Sandro Segalini both completed their 85th race. Ms. Keller is about to move past her husband Fred, into seventh place on the list unless he comes out of running retirement soon.
Friday was also the 42nd birthday of Jeff List, and he celebrated the momentous event by winning the "Coffee O" Five. Mr. List was on pace to run a personal best time, but when he hit Surf Drive the wind gods were not cooperative and he had to battle a south-east headwind, which stopped the aged runner in his tracks. The race had a very fast field of 60 year old men this week, as three old-timers finished in under 38 minutes. Bill Riley was fourth over-all in 34:19, with Mike Mullo and Richie Williams finishing not far behind.
Kris Tholke edged Chris Scott in the womens race by a mere 9 seconds. Elizabeth Jazowski took third, just ahead of the running nurses, Dana DeLorme and Linda McDonald.
Tom Tobin made the long drive down form Orleans, where he was vacationing, to take part in the run. The New York steelworker floated across the line in just over 35 minutes.
The "Coffee O" Five is held every Friday Night 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.