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Chase the Turkey
Falmouth, MA, November 25, 2010
Chase the Turkey Race in Beebe's Woods
by Ted Rowan
Falmouth Academy once again hosted the Generally Annual Chase the Turkey Cross Country Race to benefit the Falmouth Service Center. A field of 227 runners chased a turkey down the drive way of Falmouth Academy into Beebe’s Woods in Falmouth on Thanksgiving morning. At the sound of Falmouth Track Club’s cannon; Tyler Gwynn, a junior at Falmouth Academy dressed as a turkey dashed down the driveway and into the woods. The field ran up towards Highfield Hall and into Beebe’s Woods. The 4.2 mile course winds through the trails behind the Falmouth Conservatory, around the Punch Bowl, then back to Falmouth Academy. This falls leaves covered the loose rocks of the carriage roads and single track trails.
This year’s course was shortened to 4.0 miles by a misplaced arrow at the Punch Bowl. East Falmouth resident, Mike Norton (24:09) was the first runner out of the woods to win this year’s race. Steve Faluotico of West Falmouth was 30 seconds behind (24:40). Anne Preisig of Falmouth was the first female finisher (27:41) followed by Caroline Pierce from Woods Hole (27:59). Both first place runners are repeat winners. The first master female was Chris Sherwood of North Falmouth (34:28) and Terry McKee of Woods Hole (36:28) was second in this division. Among male master, Jim May of Williamson, NY was first (29:56) and Bourne, Massachusetts’ resident Bob Burt was the second master male across the line in 35:18.
This race attracts many families out for some exercise before their family get-togethers. In the junior division, William Young of Larchmont, NY (28:59) was the first boy under 14 to finish. Falmouth’s Greg Pickart was the second male youth in 33:39. The first female junior was Sally Rountree of East Falmouth (34:05) followed by another East Falmouth resident, Lily Josephs (34:19). Speaking of families, the four Malvasso girls of Jordan, New York and Falmouth all completed the race once again. The oldest, thirteen year old Alexis finished in under 40 minutes with the 11 year old triples; Antonia, Miranda and Marissa not too far behind.
Falmouth businesses provided gifts for the various division winners. Gift certificates were donated by Boardstiff, Cape Cod Bagel Company, Corner Cycle, Eight Cousins Book Shop, Ghelfi’s Candies and Ice Cream, Green Eyed Daisy, Pie in the Sky Bakery and Coffee; Shaw’s Market, Stop n’ Shop Markets, the New Balance Store of Mashpee, and Windfall Market. Coffee Obsession Coffee Shop provided the water for the 227 runners. Addias provided bib numbers.
This race and the subsequent donations to the Falmouth Service Center were made possible by our host Falmouth Academy. Our volunteers came from Falmouth Academy, Falmouth Track Club, Falmouth Service Center, and other community members.
Thanks to the donors of goods and time, the Chase the Turkey Race was a success. We hope to support the Falmouth Service Center again next year. All are encouraged to come back and participate next year. Bring friends and family to add to this Thanksgiving tradition.
For Details: Ted Rowan
41 Braeside Rd
Falmouth, MA 02540
Chase the Turkey Race