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Falmouth, MA, November 8, 2002
Bradley and Baker Pace Coffee O Women
by by Ken Gartner
There was a strong, brutal head-wind going out this week and a brisk
helpful tail-wind coming back this week at the CoffeeO-Five.
Twenty-four runners and another eight walkers took part. The walk is
still going strong which is a surprise, as the event which was started
this spring, was originally slated to just go through just the summer
months. However, the walkers have proved to be a tough and determined
group and have not yet been deterred by the darkness or the cold.
Andrew Hassey was the early pace setter and wind breaker this
week. He led the way for the first mile with a pack of 10 runners
strung out behind him patiently letting the Falmouth High harrier do all
the work. Michele Bianchini took third in the end, as he trailed Mike
Norton by a couple of minutes. Mr. Norton finished in a tie for
first. Mike Ouimet finally got a Friday night off of work and the
former Coffee-O-Five regular, traversed the course for his first time
since last spring. He held on to finish fourth in the men's race.
Peter Murphy who hails from the other side of the Bridge was the fifth
man this week.
Margaret Bradley and Jess Baker ran side by side and finished in a
tie for first in the women's race. Their time of 33:46 placed them
fourth over-all. Lindsay Dutton turned in a fast time as well, and she
finished in 36 minutes. Nancy Ash of Tampa, Florida made her Coffee-O
debut and made only one mistake. She chose Mike Garry to guide her
through the course for the first time, and somehow the veteran of over
50 Coffee-O-Fivers managed to veer off course. She regrouped for a
fifth place finish, just a minute behind Mary Olenick.
The Coffee-O-Five is a weekly five mile running race and a 2.4 mile
noncompetitive walk. There is no entry fee for this self-timed event
and all runners and walkers are invited to participate. It starts at
5:30 at Town Hall Square in Falmouth. Coffee Obsession graciously
supplies post race drinks for the thirsty runners and walkers.