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The First Annual 18th Anniversary of the Sons of Italy Road Races


say what? You did read correctly, this was the first annual eighteenth anniversary? Now does that make perfect sense to you?

5-Mile race winner Patrick Moulton.
photo Yankee Timing

If not, let me explain. For years, seventeen to be exact, the Lawrence Sons of Italy have been organizing an annual road race. Most years it was five miles but most recently it has been a 5-kilometers race. The race was usually held in the month of August. This year it was decided to move the event to July 4th and stage both a 5-miler and a 5-kilometer race. So there you have it, the first annual 18th anniversary!

On race morning Lawrence Mayor Michael Sullivan was there as the official starter and to welcome all runners to Lawrence. The City of Lawrence is gaining a reputation as a city that welcomes runners and is the gracious host to several of the region's most popular events including the Claddagh Pub race in March and the Mill Cities Relay in December. For today's race, over 350 runners and walkers were welcomed into this revitalized mill city along the shores of the Mighty Merrimack.

"I give these guys all the credit in the World for keeping this race going," said Dave Quintal a former University of Lowell cross-country standout and current Salem, NH resident. Keeping it going are co-directors Marshall McCloskey and Herb Cuhna along with their dedicated staff of Sons of Italy and Merrimack Valley Strider members.

Today's event featured prize money for the top three male and female finishers in both races. Leading the way in the 5-Miler was Pelham, NH resident and former Providence College standout Patrick Moulton. Rumor has it that Moulton was enjoying his tour of Lawrence so much he added in a little bit of extra mileage along the way for good measure. Patrick's "unMoulton" like time of 27:35 was good enough for a comfortable victory. On the female side Nicole Morandi of Woburn ran 33:42 for a comfortable victory.

The 5-kilometer race featured a terrific competition between Daniel Prinic of Woburn, Chris Volante of Groton and Kevin Alleitte of Raymond, NH with Prinic leading the way in 15:54. The women's race was a two-way battle between race winner Jennifer Feinberg of Andover (21:05) and Julie Barrett of Methuen (21:09). A mere four seconds separated the top two ladies.

This race is a terrific value for the buck with prize money, technical t-shirts, a challenging course, chip timing, and tasty post race pasta feed.

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