Sign up for the 2018 race will be available very soon. Cash awards for team competition will return to the top three overall male and female teams. The Kids back to school challenge is returning, entry fees remaining the same. Other changes are in the works and will be finalized soon.
The men’s and women’s titles were kept at home this year thanks to the talent of young Mr. Conner Robidoux running a very respectable 18:56, and veteran marathoner, Gretchen Parmentier who cruised in at 22:21.
Conner is looking forward into the running game, but Gretchen is in the mist of a very good marathon career. She is a 3:30 marathoner, and represents the ladies of the southcoast very well every year in Boston.
JoAnn Mathews adds another win to her 2018 road racing belt by taking the overall ladies title at this years Potter Elementary School 5K. Her time was a very respectable 20:44. She held off Acushnet’s Cyndi Pelletier, and Norwich, CT’s Kyah Gorin .
Nicholas Rosselli barely held of Jakob Santangelo to take the men’s crown. Both are from Assonet, MA. Cameron Monast held on to the third spot.
Once again the Potter School PTO did a bang up job again this year, and the increased numbers over last year showed.
As reported earlier. The Mass Maritime Youngie Shuffle 5K is a go. The race will start and finish at the Academy in Bourne, MA. The course will proceed out of the Academy along Academy Drive, and enter the walk way along the Cape Cod Canal. It will be an out and back course returning to the campus ball field along the canal.
The race will be part of the Mass Maritime Academy Homecoming Week End festivities. This looks to be not only a good race, but a fun one. Can you imagine a nice warm September Day along the beautiful Cape Cod Canal and the Academy Campus?
Registration and sign up are still in the works. Look for up dates as they develop.
It was 1984, and Freddie Carvalho was sitting in his Fairhaven home enjoying his breakfast, and getting prepared to head for a point nine miles south of Province Town on Cape Cod. There he would anchor the senior men’s GNBTC Relay Team. His running buddy, Al Days, was working his way through the second to last leg of twelve miles, the tough rolling hills on 6A Barnstable, Brewster and Orleans would be the town signs he would see. Ken Daniels, ever the early riser left in the dark early morning hours, he had a leg along Rte. 3 before heading over the Sagamore Bridge and on to the Cape.
Fred Brown was the organizer of this race, and it was limited to 250 teams. The GNBTC fielded and paid the entry for two men’s and women’s teams. And, yes there was a waiting list. The number one club, those younger guys battled the likes of the BAA, Central Mass Striders, and Greater Boston.
Running has always been and remains a part of our lives. After completing 69 jumps as paratrooper, Freddie settled in his home town of Fairhaven, met Al Days, and the two of them would go on to train and run the likes of the Silver City, Newport, and Boston marathons just to name a few. They would race against each other, and trains. They were running partners for life.
Al Days would quit being a very successful electrician, turn that over to his Son, Al. He and his wife Flo would create one of the best Running Stores around, Day’s Health and Sports. It was the place runners would meet on Friday nights go for a run, return to the store where Al had the Gator Aide waiting, then head over to Barbaro’s for pizza and beer.
Ken and I took a different turn in the sport, I started JB’s for the sole purpose of helping small races get bigger. Ken became the backbone of volunteers. He made sure the New Bedford Half Marathon had ample supplies for that now very prestige event. He insisted that small local races were able to use that equipment at no cost to conduct their races. It remains that way today. Today The Ken Daniels Award is given yearly to a volunteer at the New Bedford Half Marathon.
So all of us met one morning at the DD in Acushnet, and shared our running stories. Freddie is 89. Al is 85. Ken is 83. Me, the baby of the group, 75. All of us proud to be runners, and grateful for the life it help to give us.
Kathleen DiCamillo of Providence took a the boys to school with a dazzling 18:37.39 at the 14th Annual Devin Laubi 5K Road Race in Fall River, MA. She led from start to finish, and in the long run was just too much for Chris Masse of Newport, RI and Angel Rosado of Fall River, MA.