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CompassBank Cape Cod Marathon & Dunkin' Donuts Marathon Relay

Falmouth, MA, October 28, 2001

Beauchesne, Kimball Stage Come-from-Behind Victories at CompassBank Cape Cod Marathon

by Dave McPherson

FALMOUTH, Mass., Oct. 28, 2001 - Eric G. Beauchesne of Chelmsford, Mass., and Nikki Kimball of Auburn, Mass., pulled away from the early leaders to capture the 24th annual CompassBank Cape Cod Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 28.

For Beauchesne, the victory was sweet redemption after last year's race in which he and another took a wrong turn about a mile from the finish, knocking him from second place down to eighth.

This year, Beauchesne won in a time of 2:28:16, 1 minute 40 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher, Craig Fram, 43, of Plaistow, N.H., a two-time winner of the Cape Cod Marathon. Fram, 43, was the winner in the master's division for runners over 40.

Beauchesne said a desire to avenge last year's disappointing turn of events is what brought him back to this year's Cape Cod Marathon. "I was worked up about it," said Beauchesne, 31, who runs for the Greater Lowell Road Runners.

Beauchesne won Sunday by hanging back behind the lead pack before making a move around mile 20. "I figured this is it, one chance," he said.

In the women's race, Kimball won by employing similar tactics. She let early leader Suzy West get ahead of her, but she caught and passed West around mile 18. Kimball, 31, won in a time of 3:01:29. It was her first marathon win.

The Cape Cod Marathon course, known for its hills, suited Kimball's strength. She is a member of the U.S. Mountain Running Team. "I absolutely love hills so they were great," she said about the Cape course.

Both Kimball and West were supposed to run in the world championships in Italy in September, but the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 forced them to miss the race when the airlines were grounded. The second-place woman was Cheryl A. Taylor of Worcester, Mass., in a time of 3:03:41. West finished third.

The first master woman was Nancy R. Corsaro, 42, of Metheun, Mass., in a time of 3:05:03.

In the simultaneous Dunkin' Donuts Marathon Relay, the Quarterdeck Racing Team of Falmouth won for the second consecutive year in a time of 2:27:30. The women's relay winner was Wednesday's Wild Women of Mashpee, 3:16:46, and Bearly Running of Providence, RI, 2:44:31, was the first Mixed Team.

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