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FTC Friday Night Five
Falmouth, MA, May 4, 2001
Hot Running in the Friday Night Five
by Ken Gartner
The Plymouth Savings Bank clock read 76 degrees, making it the warmest Friday Night Five since way back to last August. The Elm Road water stop was operating in full force at least a month earlier than normal.
The south-west tail wind on Surf Drive was so strong that it propelled one runner along so fast that he couldn't negotiate the hard left turn onto Walker Street and had to slow down and make a "U" turn in the Surf Drive Beach parking lot. Anyone who didn't run negative splits this week was doing something terribly wrong.
Watching the race very intently this week was a large female osprey at the three and a half mile mark. The majestic bird sat on her perch outside her nest and watched all 36 runners as they ran by.
Sharon Napier was blown into Town Hall Square in under 40 minutes for her first time. Ollie Zenk had the run of the night, however. Two weeks ago in his Friday Night debut, Mr. Zenk, of Germany, struggled home in 57 minutes, After two weeks of intensive training he returned and knocked a whopping 11 minutes off his time. At that rate he should break the course record in a month or so.
A large Cinco De Mayo celebration party was scheduled to be held after the race. It was canceled at the last minute when someone pointed out that Friday was May 4th and not May 5th as race organizers had thought.
The Friday Night Five is held every Friday night at 5:30. There is no charge for this self-timed event and all runners are encouraged to participate.