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Worcester Polytechnic Institute alumnus dominates at Flag Day 5K; Coughlin takes women's race
Former Worcester Polytechnic Institute miler Lucas Roy of Upton, class of 2016, ran away from the field in the Eighth Annual Falmouth Flag Day 5K on June 10 with a time of 16:47, short of the course record of 16:10 set two years ago by Robert DeLeo of Brookline. The Bourne High School alumnus ran with the leaders for the first mile of 5:20 on the out-and-back course along Nantucket Sound and pulled away just before the turn-around on Bridge Street.
From there he was all alone, leaving 40-year-old Russell Greenwald of Natick and 16-year-old Colby Barnes of Mashpee to battle it out for second. Greenwald prevailed over the teenager by four seconds with a strong finish and a time of 17:28.
Roy, a structural engineer, has recently returned to competitive running after some time off. He finished second in the Cape Cod Beer Race to the Pint 5K in May with a 17:06. At WPI he PRed in the mile with a 4;15 and is planning a return to the track this summer, aiming to break 4:10.
The women’s race was won by Julianna Coughlin, a UMass Framingham grad and dietician from Falmouth, in 19:53. She outran Falmouth’s 50-year-old former winner Anne Preisig along the waterfront route. Coughlin took up running with the Couch to 5K program and found out quickly she could really step out. The women’s course record of 18:26.2 set in 2013 by Ella Martin of Woods Hole was never threatened.
As usual, junior runners vied for the spotlight, led by Henry Gartner of Falmouth, 13, fourth overall with an impressive 18:06, 52 seconds faster than his race last year.
His brother Silas, 10, was 18th in 21:21. Jeremy Bullock, 12, turned in a19:06 to win the 10-12 year-old race.
For the girls, Bianca Grecco, 14, looked sharp in winning her age-group and placing fourth among females with a 21:39.
Among the seniors, the ageless 82-year-old Bill Riley impressed with 25:59, while Don Palladini, 61, stood out with his 20:07 to win his division and outrun everyone over 50. Another indomitable senior, 83-year-old Doris Beatty, was the oldest finisher in 51:26.
The event is a fund-raiser for local nonprofit Falmouth Education Foundation, which received $10,000 after race expenses. The foundation provides grants to local teachers to fund innovative programs in the Falmouth schools. Principal sponsors were The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod, Falmouth Hospital/Cape Cod Sports Medicine, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Liam Maguire's Irish Pub, Hanlon's Shoes of Hyannis and Slade Mortgage.
|Congratulations to Jeremy Raber of Falmouth High School for his winning design for the 2018 T-shirts. He received a pair of athletic shoes from our footware sponsor, Hanlon Shoes of Hyannis.|
Official results from 2017 are
Great work, Falmouth Track Club!
Deleo, Stone, Gartners, Beatty shine at 2017 race
Rob DeLeo of Brookline ran away with his second straight Falmouth Flag Day 5K on June 11, just missing his course record of 16:10 with a 16:12 victory ahead of Lee Greathoues of Edgartown, who ran 16:50. A strong headwind in the last mile along Vineyard Sound slowed all of the runners.
DeLeo ran 15:38 on the track at the Battle Road Twilight meet on May 13 at Bentley University and was hoping for a sub-16 in Falmouth, but he ran alone most of the way, and Mother Nature had her own ideas about a course record.
Emily Stone of Falmouth outran defending champion Anne Preisig to take the women’s race, clocking a 20:13 to place 11th overall. Preisig, 49, whose time was 19:47 when she won in 2016, was first among the women masters.
The men’s masters race was won by another Brookline ace, Matthew Herman, 41, in 16:59.
One of the most impressive performances was turned
in by nine-year-old Silas Gartner of Falmouth in 22:06, a 7:07 pace, placing
him 36th among 401 finishers (459 were registered, including many
walkers). Silas’ twin brother Nathan was close behind in 22:45, and brothers
Caleb, 14 (17:47) and Henry, 12, in 18:58 made their dad, Ken, very proud.
Eighteen of the top 52 finishers were under-17, including a strong
contingent from Martha’s Vineyard.
Bianca Greco of North Falmouth, 13, led the way among all girls under
18 with a 21:30. At the other end of the age range, 82-year-old Doris
Beatty of Falmouth inspired many of the older participants with a 48:46
At the other end of the age range, 82-year-old Doris Beatty of Falmouth inspired many of the older participants with a 48:46 effort,
Check out the course from the air, compliments of Marathon Sports: https://youtu.be/LaB2ndvlwoI
Thank-you to Falmouth Track Club, our sponsors,
volunteers and runners in the 2016 race.
Results are posted at CoolRunning.com.
Check out these excellent photos taken by Susie Borowski in 2016.
Lots of great pics of the children's races. Thanks Susie!
|2016 Flag Day 5K Raises more than
$10,000 for Falmouth Education Foundation
Race directors Jo-Ann Leaf and Kathy and Rich Sherman have presented more than $10,000 to Falmouth Education Foundation president Ellen Barol, proceeds after expenses from this year’s walk/run.
Over the past five years, since the foundation became the event’s beneficiary, $40,000-plus has been raised from sponsorships and entry fees.
Falmouth Education Foundation was founded in 2004. Its mission is “to support and enhance educational excellence in the Falmouth Public Schools by awarding annual grants for innovative programs that are outside the district's operating budget.” The founders’ goal was “to provide educators the knowledge, training and materials necessary to remain at the forefront of educational excellence, and to ensure that budgetary constraints would not diminish the opportunity for innovation in our schools.”
This year the foundation helped to fund 39 projects for a total of almost $100,000. Its biggest fundraiser is the annual Winter Gala, which will be held next year on Saturday, March 4, at Coonamessett Inn.
More than 400 runners from nine states registered for this year’s run/walk.
The principal race sponsors are The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod, Cape Cod Sports Medicine, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub and Slade Mortgage. Contributing sponsors are Soft as a Grape, Marathon Sports, Jack in the Beanstalk and Anytime Fitness. The foundation’s website is www.FalmouthEducationFnd.org.
Robert DeLeo of Brookline shattered the course record at the Sixth Annual Falmouth Flag Day 5K on June 12 and ran one of the fastest 3.1-milers ever on Cape Cod. According to Bob Fitzgerald of New England Runner, "Irish Olympian Marie Davenport ran 15:59 at one of the 'Women Running Wild' 5Ks in Osterville years ago, but 16:10 is certainly one of the fastest south of the Sagamore and Bourne bridges for sure!"
DeLeo decided to run late last week and made the trip over the bridge worthwhile, scorching the waterfront route out and back from Falmouth Heights along Vineyard Sound under a picturesque sky and into a stiff breeze off the water for the last mile.
His time of 16:10.8, a 5:13-per-mile pace, bettered the previous record of 16:29.4 set by Charlie Marquardt of Pasadena, Calif., in 2011. DeLeo’s victory was never in doubt, as he pulled away early from runner-up Matthew Herman of Brookline and won by 57 seconds.
“This was a really nice race on a beautiful course,” said DeLeo after the awards ceremony. “I will spread the word about it back in the Boston area and will plan on returning in 2017.”
Preisig, though a Falmouth resident, had never run the race before, and was glad she did. Her time of 19:47.1 set a master’s record and was one of the fastest women’s time since the race was founded in 2011 by former Falmouth Road Race co-directors Kathy and Rich Sherman and race staffer Jo-Ann Leaf.
A former national champion in duathlon and triathlon, Preisig has represented the U.S. as an age group team member at several Triathlon World Championships, including a second place finish, and 10th in the 5,000 meters at the U.S.A. Track and Field outdoor championships.
Another highlight of the race was a fourth-place overall finish by 13-year-old Caleb Gartner in 18:12.3. He was almost four minutes ahead of the second place runner in his division.
Robert DeLeo cruises to victory and a course record. Susie Borowski photos
Anne Preisig of Falmouth wins in 19:47.
Check out a nice story about the race in the Falmouth Bulletin.
Falmouth Flag Day 5K T-shirt art contest winner Max Roman displays his winning design at Falmouth High School. From left, graphic arts teacher John Holladay, Marathon Sports manager David Corbett, Roman and principal Mary Gans. Max, a freshman, received a gift certificate for a pair of sports shoes from Marathon Sports in Mashpee Commons. He is the son of Susan and Seth Roman of Falmouth. More than 40 designs were submitted by students at the high school.
Thank you Max, and all the students who participated, and to Mr.
Holladay and Ms. Baker, the art teachers who helped us with the contest.
Thank you Max, and all the students who participated, and to Mr. Holladay and Ms. Baker, the art teachers who helped us with the contest.
What a beautiful day for runners and walkers of all ages! Congratulations to everyone who completed the race.
We had a record turnout of more than 500 including the children's sprints and we raised more than $13,000 for Falmouth Education Foundation.
Thanks to www.RedberryPhoto.com for the photo above and to Susie Borowski for the pictures linked below, including the awards ceremony and many of the youth runners:
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Unofficial results, provided by Falmouth Track Club, are posted at
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Scenic out-and-back course
starting and finishing near Falmouth Heights Beach,
Past Results Courtesy of CoolRunning.com and Falmouth Track Club.
Past Results Courtesy of CoolRunning.com and Falmouth Track Club. Thanks!
** Open and age-group prizes **
We will once again
sprint races on the ball field
Race proceeds, after expenses, are donated to the Falmouth Education Foundation, whose mission is to “enhance educational excellence for the students of the Falmouth Public Schools … through our grants program that provides school staff with the knowledge and materials they need to remain at the frontier of educational excellence.” The foundation funds “innovative opportunities outside the schools' normal operating budgets.”
Supporters and prize donors:
Barnstable County Sheriff's Office Falmouth Jewelry Shop
Marathon Sports WEEI 93.7 FM
To our runners, walkers,
volunteers, supporters and sponsors:
Thank you to Carolyn and Courtney Bird and the Falmouth Track Club for their excellent job at the finish line.
Check out the race photos by Susie and Don Borowski on our Facebook page.
Photo Highlights by Don and Susie Borowski
Check out our waterfront route,
out and back along Vineyard Sound:
Photos from 2011 race,
courtesy of Susie and Don Borowski
Online coverage from 2011 race:
Thanks for your support!