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Falmouth, MA, November 29, 2002
Wind and Rain Hit Post Thanksgiving Coffee-O
by by Ken Gartner
It was a dark and stormy night and it sure wasn't a nice night to
run. There were eleven determined runners this week, who didnšt have enough
sense to stay in out of the rain. One guy even showed up on a bicycle.
Personal bests were out of the question this week, as the fierce southwest
headwind going out just made things kind of miserable. It did turn into a
beneficial tail-wind coming home, but by then most of the runners were too
cold and stiff and water-logged to take advantage of it. The only warm
down this week was done gathering around the steaming thermos of hot
chocolate, which was supplied by the kind-hearted folks at Coffee Obsession.
A staggered start was employed this week where the slower runners set
off first in intervals corresponding to their speed. It almost worked to
perfection as 4 runners who all started at different times, ended up running
abreast at the end of Walker Street with just a quarter of a mile to go.
This week it was Joanne Corsano who garnered her first Coffee-O win as
she out legged Carolyn Bird. Nothing otherwise noteworthy happened among
the other regulars, although Ben Pring did crack the top five for one of his
Even a couple of walkers braved the elements this week. It was a
record low for the walking field, but Don Lunn and Joan Pelletier did show
up to work off their Thanksgiving feasts. Many of the other regulars for
the walk were rumored to be doing their walking through the shopping malls
The Coffee-O-Five is a weekly five mile run and 2.4 mile walk which is
held every Friday night at 5:30 from Town Hall Square in Falmouth, although
early starts are allowed. There is no entry fee for this self-timed event
and all runners and walkers are invited to participate. Reflective clothing
is required through the winter.