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Falmouth, MA, October 25, 2002

Flaherty and Tholke Take Firsts, Record Walking Field at Coffee-O-Five

by by Ken Gartner

There was a small field at this week's Coffee-O-Five. Many of the regulars were resting for Sunday's Cape Cod Marathon or Marathon Relay, while others were too busy helping to plan the big event to squeeze in a Friday night run. For the first time ever, there were more walkers in the field than runners. Fourteen runners crossed the line this week, while a season high nineteen walker strolled across the line. Rob Flaherty set the early pace and held on for his first ever Coffee-O-Five victory. The running doctor, finished in just over 34 minutes. Steve Hamel took third and Ben Pring finished fourth. Mr. Pring knocked over 6 minutes off his time of last week. Mike Garry, chalked up his first top five finish as he came very close to cracking the forty minute mark for the fist time in quite a while. Mr. Garry is one of the rugged Coffee O regulars who manages to show up almost every week. Kris Tholke was the first woman to finish this week as she finished in one tick under forty minutes. Ann Tarrant ran a personal best time for the third week in a row en route to a second place finish as she cracked 41 minutes for her first time. Sharon Napier edged Judi Keller for third and Lauren Johnson-Lavender took fifth. Doris Beatty and Judy Watkins led the walkers. Don Lunn still hasn't missed a Friday night walk in over three months. The Rannie and Halloran families both fielded three family member in the walk. Little Caleb Joseph Gartner even made his first Friday night appearance as he rolled across the line in forty-four minutes or so. 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. There is no entry fee and all are invited. Reflective running gear will now be required through the dark doldrums of winter.

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