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Fox Showcased in North Reading
probably have more volunteers than runners," joked Mark Favaloro about
and hour before tonight's Showcase 5-Miler.
After twelve years
of perfect summertime weather, this year's Showcase, which coincidentally was
the thirteenth, was starting to appear to be unlucky. Gray and threatening skies
prevailed and as any race director knows lousy weather usually translates into
a low turnout. Also many of the activities such as a classic car show and barbeque
that accompany the race had to be postponed due to the weather.
As the race start
grew closer the skies started to brighten and runners were arriving to the relief
of Favaloro who directs the race with his son Tom. This is a little gem of a
race that features $900 in prize money, a nifty tank top, 5-year age divisions
and a challenging course.
Leading the way
was Paul Young. The 41-year old Andover resident took the lead from the start
and was never challenged as he won by one minute and 27 seconds. Methuen's Christie
Fox took home first place for the women. She had to battle Middleton's Sue Quimby
one night after coming up short in a battle against Middleton's other Quimby,
Linda, at Lowell's Good Times Series.
My guess is that by now Fox is probably all Quimbied out.
The race took place
from beautiful Ipswich River Park and was very well organized. And thankfully,
in the end, there were more runners than volunteers.