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Coffee Obsession Friday Night 5

Falmouth, MA, July 5, 2002

Friday Night 5 Complete "8 in 8"

Whether you looked at the Plymouth Savings Bank clock right side up, up side down, or sideways...the temperature still read 88 degrees last Friday night. It was not an easy night to run. Forty-eight runners and a dozen walkers braved the heat this week..

The Elm road water stop was definitely a welcome sight for the parched runners. Some of the regulars sat this one out to rest for the Paul White Road Race which was to be held the next day. Others just went with the flow and took in both races

Jim DuPont led five of his tough and determined friends across the line with a time of 38 minutes. The five close friends set out to run eight road races in the span of one week. They began planning for the event over a year ago and spent months poring over road maps and scoping out potential races.

Mr. DuPont came down to Falmouth last winter on a reconnaissance mission. He took a trial run through the course to determine if the race was worthy enough for their strict and stringent standards, and indeed it was. The Coffee-O-Five was the eighth and final race of their odyssey that took them all over eastern Massachusetts.

Nathan Richardson, of New York City, broke away from a pack of six runners at the four mile mark and came home in a tie for first place. It was Mr. Richardsonís first appearance at the weekly run. D.J. Fairbanks, who is back in town for the summer, chalked up a third place finish in his first Coffee-O-Five of the year. Tor Clark, who lives on the course, made one of his rare Friday night appearances and he took fourth with a time of just under 32 minutes.

Nanci Cahalane, a tough veteran runner from Norolk, battled through the heat to chalk up a winning time of just over 33 minutes. Jess Baker followed about a minute later and Lynn Holmgren took third. Gina Reppucci and Jamie George rounded out the top five.

The Coffee-O-Five is a weekly five mile road race which is held at Town Hall Square in Falmouth. There is no entry fee for this self timed event and all runners are invited to participate. There is also a non-competive two mile walk for those not so fleet of foot.

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