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Falmouth, MA, April 11, 2003

Cold and Wet Night for Nine Faithful Coffee-O-Fivers

by by Ken Gartner

It was cold and raining with deep puddles throughout the Friday night running course. Opening day at Fenway was cancelled earlier in the day and if this was a baseball game it to would have been called off. However, runners are kind of a different breed and they just sort of deal with the elements. Six sorry souls huddled in their cars for warmth until 5:29 when they dashed out to run five hard miles. They then hung around long enough to sign in before dashing off to warm showers. Mike Garry got the wettest as it took him the longest. Pete Landry, Dan Webb, Paul Hartel, and Bob Richards all finished within 2 minutes of one another. For Mr. Hartel, and Mr. Richards it was their last hard effort before next weekıs Boston Marathon. Mike Mullo posted the early time to beat and his time of 38:22 almost stood up for first place. He ended up placing third over-all, which was the highest Coffee O finish ever for the 66-year-old veteran runner. Carolyn Bird was the only woman to brave the elements this week and she to toured the course early in just over an hour. Don Lunn, the Waquoit Walker, ended up walking alone this week. His wife Barbara had enough sense to stay out of the rain and she bailed out at the last minute, just as the starting gun was set to go off. Mr. Lunn raced to the finish in 44 minutes flat. The Coffee O Five is a weekly five-mile running race and 2.4 mile friendly walk. Itıs actually a friendly run too. It starts at 5:30 from Town Hall Square in Falmouth and there is no entrly fee. All runners and walkers are invited to participate.

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