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Somerville, MA, June 12, 2010

7 Relays Take to the Track

by Brendan Kearney

Start of the relay. These runners ran 594.76 meters before handing off to start 26x1 mile legs to complete a full marathon!
Start of the relay. These runners ran 594.76 meters before handing off to start 26x1 mile legs to complete a full marathon!
Thanks to all the runners and volunteers! The rain held off and left us with some perfect mile running weather. There was some great support from all the clubs for everyone who laced up their trainers / spikes / vibrams on Saturday. A big thank you to Greater Framingham who returned again this year to check out the new beginning of the Challenge Cup Relay. Thank you also to Cambridge Running Club, Greater Lowell, and Wicked Running Club for joining us this year – it was great to have you! Spread the word in your clubs and with others in the running community. We look forward to hosting again next year and hope to grow the event to include more teams as well.

It was a highly competitive race, with Cambridge taking the lead on the first mile leg and holding it for the next 20+ miles until Drew Darien made a strong move in the 21st mile, and the experienced anchors (legs 21-26 from SRR were all Masters) held on despite a furious charge from Chad Carr with the top time of the day in 4:40 on the CRC anchor leg. Cambridge also had the top female individual time of the day, as Becky Hutchinson ran a speedy 5:22. A new record was set by the "Tears" relay from Somerville with a blistering average of 5:25/mile as Joe O’Leary crossed the finish line in a time of 2:22:26; the record has been broken each year this event has existed.

I want to make sure to say a big thanks to Steve Lanzillotta of the Marshfield Road Runners, who directed the first 5 years of the event. Over the winter, Steve let the captains from last year know that he was stepping down as director with the hope of finding someone to take it over, and was extremely helpful when we asked about bringing the event to Somerville to continue the phenomenal event he had started. Thank yous to Dave Morin, Jason Lachapelle, Chris Brassard & Nicole Tateosian, who did great work holding down the results table; I cannot end this without pointing out the wonderful job that Dan Solomon and his producer Paul Geffken did keeping everyone entertained with a seemingly endless banter while announcing the race. Thank you to the co-race directors - Chris Cummings, Amie Gauthier, Mike Greco & Karen Serafin - doesn't seem like there is as much to do when there's a lot of good people involved. Definitely a lot of fun!

Good talk, see you out there.

Brendan Kearney

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