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Pub Series Rocket Launch at Evan’s Run 5K

The 16th annual Evan’s Run may be the most memorable for a
slew of big happenings and numero uno is the new lightening fast 5K course, so
speedy that many overdid the first mile and despite a 150 foot elevation drop
on the USATF certified speedway, ran the last mile a minute slower than the
first.

 

The BAA’s Amanda
Watters
is one of many to lay down this cardinal sin of racing, but then
again she’s trying to keep Series leader Kara
Haas
in sight, and that ain’t easy. Haas kept to a 5:50 pace to win the
women’s race in 18:08 with Watters next in 18:57 and Super Senior Holly Madden 3rd in 19:34.

 

If no one’s noticed, the formerly (almost) exclusively male
Hurtin’ For Certain Striders have a dynamite women’s team with Sarah Barrett placing 4th in 19:40
ahead of the BAA’s Kristen Shaw
(20:12). Whirlaway’s Katrina Martin
just edged HFC’s Christine Howe by
.1 of a second for 6th. (Katrina’s dad, Doug,
was top Senior.) HFC’s Eileen Cakouris
was top Master in 20:35, good for 8th overall. The Ocean State’s Marge ‰Û¢Kid’ Bellisle copped 11th in
21:10 at the tender age of 60.

 

The BAA’s Mimi Fallon
is a Trav’s Trail loyalist and followed her heart, so we have to applaud her
performance in Newburyport while also noting she plummeted from 3rd overall
among women to 9th and from top Senior to 4th out of 5.

 

As defending champ TJ Unger of HFC puts it, “You can’t sleep
on the Series.” Series leader Dave
Wilson
will be in school in London for the final two Series races, so opted
out earlier than last year when injury forced him to the sidelines after three
straight Pub Series wins. (Photo: Joe O’Leary loving the absence of Greg Picklesimer/MickFoto/NERunner.)

 

Hence, Unger resumed the throne with a 15:58 winning
performance, tactically superb in keeping teammate Lee Danforth (16:04) at bay for the final downhill plunge to the
finish. CSU’s Patrick Bugbee and
HFC’s Andrew Holmes went 3-4 and
that puts them 2-3 in the Series with Danforth 4th and the day’s top Master Joe O’Leary (6th-17:14) of SRR sitting
5th.

 

The Monsoon originally forecast never materialized and it
was great running weather for the 550 finishers. The point to point course also
deposited runners a short walk from the post-race festivities at McGreel’s Tavern. As Jackie Gleason was wont to say, “How
sweet it is!” Next up for the malt & hops crowd is the Foxboro Against
Diabetes 5K in a scant 2-weeks. (Photo: Publican Sandra Debow.) 
 

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