Andover XC 3.5 Mile Classic
Andover, MA, November 25, 2001
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   93 STEVE VAITONES       248 M     M4049  26 WALTHAM    MA   24:09  6:54
  225 JEFF ERNST           474 M     M2039  72 WESTFORD   MA   29:17  8:22


Andrea Holden 5K Road Race
Dennis, MA, November 24, 2001
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   1   16:12  5:14    1 19-39    1 M  2974 Geof Newton
   2   16:32  5:20    1 40-49    2 M   441 Barry Merrill               Centerville, MA
   6   17:39  5:42    3 19-39    5 M   416 Mike Herlihy                Brewster,MA
   7   17:48  5:45    3 40-49    6 M   206 Ken Colmer                  Yarmouthport,MA
   9   18:29  5:58    1 60-98    8 M   244 Bill Riley                  Marstons Mills,MA
  11   18:46  6:03    4 40-49   10 M  5338 Michael Sellars
  14   19:37  6:20    5 40-49   12 M  5644 Michael Parker
  20   20:01  6:27    1 50-59   18 M  6563 Jim Peters
  29   20:34  6:38    6 19-39    6 F    80 Alison Byland               Dennis,MA
  40   21:17  6:52    3 50-59   32 M  5523 Robert McKechnie
  52   21:51  7:03   19 19-39   43 M  6575 Sean Doherty
  62   22:15  7:11    2 40-49   14 F   423 Judy Johnson                Dennisport,MA
  64   22:24  7:14    2 60-98   50 M  6621 Robert Smith
  66   22:31  7:16    7 50-59   52 M  5173 Brian Kelly
 106   24:44  7:59    4 40-49   31 F   447 Kathleen Field
 113   24:47  8:00    3 60-98   78 M  5018 Joe Curley                  W Dennis,MA
 142   25:42  8:17    8 40-49   44 F   367 Joan Marcy                  Dennis,MA
 146   25:53  8:21    3 50-59   47 F   408 Janet Jordan
 148   25:58  8:23    5 60-98   98 M   238 Jack Fraser                 E. Dennis,MA
 150   26:02  8:24    3 01-12   49 F   438 Danielle Sullivan
 197   27:44  8:57   18 50-59  120 M   232 Tom Radziewicz              So. Yarmouth,MA
 202   27:50  8:59    6 60-98  123 M   246 Bob Magor                   Orleans,MA
 240   29:44  9:35    8 60-98  135 M   245 Donald Heyer                Orleans,MA
 242   29:58  9:40    1 60-98  103 F   141 Patricia Heyer              Orleans,MA
 290   32:38 10:32    2 60-98  136 F   142 Valerie Magor               Orleans,MA
 314   35:50 11:34   11 60-98  157 M   247 Peter Buffington            New York,NY
 358   44:55 14:29   28 50-59  173 M  5144 Gene Cormier
 375   46:26 14:59     Age?    192 F  6611 Paula Giokas
 428   54:03 17:26   11 60-98  234 F   145 Shelley Whitehead           Brewster,MA
 446   56:11 18:07   16 60-98  192 M   242 Paul Masterson              Harwich,MA


3rd Annual Hingham HS XC Boosters Thanksgiving Day Road Race
Hingham, MA, November 22, 2001
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   98          79    102    200  Scott, Tom                            23:36.68
  344         211    167     30  Chadbourne, Wes                       30:21.97


Dreamcatcher
Weymouth, MA, November 22, 2001
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 215   37:58  7:36   16 50-59  174 M  1546 Peter Wallan                Sharon,MA
 230   38:10  7:38   60 40-49  186 M   647 Gerald Carey                Dennisport


Feaster Five
Andover, MA, November 22, 2001
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 1278  71/183  M5059   33:01 10:38 0:34:40.9  JOHN MAHER                   54 M  3612 CHELMSFORD MA


Gobble, Gobble, Gobble 4-Miler
Somerville, MA, November 22, 2001
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 546 WILLIAM CAMPBELL              M5059 M     55  36/55     35:55  8:59
 576 TOM KELLEY                    M3039 M     37 175/210    36:24  9:06


Turkey Classic 3.5 Mile Road Race
Framingham, MA, November 22, 2001
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  221 Joe Curley           63 M Marlboro        MA    20   28:25  8:08 


We Gather Together 5K 
Sandwich, MA, November 22, 2001
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512   16.09   1     NEWTON             GEOF          BREWSTER               MA   M  34
768   17.10   5     MCKENNA            STEPHEN       BREWSTER               MA   M  37
223   17.14   6     GOMES              GEORGE        E SANDWICH             MA   M  39
411   17.41   12    PIERS              JONATHAN      SANDWICH               MA   M  35
761   17.51   14    HERLIHY            MIKE          BREWSTER               MA   M  37
598   18.38   21    POLAKOWSKI         ADAM          W YARMOUTH             MA   M  33
335   18.41   23    SELLARS            MICHAEL       MASHPEE                MA   M  43
590   18.44   25    SMITH              VINCENT       MARSTONS MILLS         MA   M  39
227   19.01   27    RILEY              BILL          MARSTONS MILLS         MA   M  65
895   19.31   32    BELLIVEAU          LARRY         CHATHAM                MA   M  46
483   19.33   33    SPENCER            LARRY         BARNSTABLE             MA   M  48
737   19.45   37    CORMIER            GENE          S DENNIS               MA   M  54
384   20.27   49    MORRILL            VAN           MARSTONS MILLS         MA   M  36
118   20.52   54    SWANSON            ROB           CENTERVILLE            MA   M  51
229   21.17   64    WARREN             TOM           MASHPEE                MA   M  47
565   21.48   78    STRINGER           PETE          OSTERVILLE             MA   M  60
562   22.09   84    NAPLES             KATE          E SANDWICH             MA   F  34
397   22.21   90    KELLY              BRIAN         SANDWICH               MA   M  59
281   23.28   126   PUTNAM             STEVEN        SANDWICH               MA   M  45
193   23.38   137   DUGGAN             MARCIA        SANDWICH               MA   F  42
436   23.48   147   BURKHARD           SUZANNE       MONUMENT BEACH         MA   F  35
78    24.21   173   FIELD              KATHLEEN      SANDWICH               MA   F  49
724   24.48   189   FELT               JAN           E SANDWICH             MA   F  31
443   25.44   215   LINSE              MARK          SANDWICH               MA   M  47
646   26.38   260   HATTEMER           JANE          OSTERVILLE             MA   F  50
497   26.56   269   SULLIVAN           DANIELLE      BREWSTER               MA   F  12
183   27.24   290   BROWNE             JACKIE        SANDWICH               MA   F  41
398   27.46   305   JORDAN             JANET         SANDWICH               MA   F  52
343   29.26   354   HANLON             DENNIS        E SANDWICH             MA   M  58
293   31.23   409   BURKE              PATRICIA      E FALMOUTH             MA   F  68


65th Manchester 4.748M Road Race
Manchester, CT, November 22, 2001
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KEN             GARTNER        41M FALMOUTH       MA 25:41    60    3   1645
DUKE            HUTCHINSON     54M WATERTOWN      MA 30:14   348   16   802 
BILL            MASTERSON      63M CENTERVILLE    MA 34:27  1018    5   189 
GEORGE          GRAEBER        59M MANSFIELD      CT 35:16  1155   77   802 
JANE            ZEE-ZOUFALY    43F BETHANY        CT 37:43  1649   44   763 
SARA            RINGLER        53F BARNSTABLE     MA 39:54  2153    9   224 


Pie Run
Newport, RI, November 22, 2001
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 226   37:41  7:32   32 45-49  187 M  1514 Steve Loesch                E Sandwich,MA


21st Slattery's Turkey Trot 5M
Fitchburg, MA, November 18, 2001
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27	28:29	5:42	865	7	M	30	DUSTIN	BAKER	FITCHBURG	MA	TF
169	35:05	7:01	90	15	M	56	DAVID	BAKER	HYANNS	MA	FTC
321	38:17	7:39	91	2	F	58	MARILYN	BAKER	HYANNIS	MA	FTC


South Shore YMCA 5 Miler
Quincy, MA, November 18, 2001
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  60   39:31  7:54   11 50-59   48 M   113 Tom Scott                   Pembroke,MA
 102   42:12  8:26   19 50-59   72 M   241 Dick Doran                  Pembroke,MA
 231   57:20 11:28   27 50-59  118 M   238 Dennis Hanlon               East Sandwich,MA


6th 3rd Annual Novemberfest Trail Run and Party
Nashua, NH, November 18, 2001
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27       Kate Naples


MIAA - Massachusetts All State Cross Country Meet 2001
Tufts Vet School "Farm Course", Grafton, MA, November 17, 2001
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  53   454 Colby Monahan          02 Dennis-Yarmouth Reg.         17:02.1      


Recreation Department "Turkey Trot"
Duxbury, MA, November 17, 2001
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   41    29 KATHLEEN RICHARDS     DUXBURY           1/14   F4049   32:37  7:25


Khoury's 4.13M
Somerville, MA, November 15, 2001
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Steve Vaitones          Waltham, MA        30:30


VFW Logan Post 5.1K
Somerville, MA, November 15, 2001
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 12. Greg Ernst          CCAC      Weymouth, MA            31:42


Run Your Turkey Off 15K
Tewksbury, MA, November 11, 2001
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  241   882 KATHLEEN RICHARDS   F4049 BOSTON                  1:16:13  8:11


Run Your Turkey Off 5K
Tewksbury, MA, November 11, 2001
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   11   705 DUSTIN BAKER        M3039 FITCHBURG                 17:44  5:43


2001 MIAA Eastern Mass Cross County
Boston, MA, November 10, 2001
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       - Monahan, Colby            12 DENNIS-YARMOUTH REG  HS   16:39.1    12  


Stone Cat Ale Trail Races
Ipswitch, MA, November 10, 2001
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27. Pete Stringer, 60, MA, 5:26:36  (first 60-69)


Khoury's 4.13M
Somerville, MA, November 8, 2001
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Steve Vaitones          Waltham, MA        30:41


Falmouth in the Fall (23rd Annual)
Falmouth, MA, November 4, 2001
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    1 KEN GARTNER          41 M  FALMOUTH        MA QDRT       38:16  5:28 
    6 GEOF NEWTON          34 M  BREWSTER        MA FTC\CCAC   40:53  5:50 
   12 JONATHAN PIERS       35 M  E.SANDWICH      MA CCAC       43:02  6:09 
   16 BILL RILEY           65 M  MARSTONS MILLS  MA CCAC       44:57  6:25 
   21 DUKE HUTCHINSON      54 M  WATERTOWN       MA CCAC       46:08  6:35 
   33 WILHELM KADUNC       49 M  HYANNIS         MA CCAC       49:01  7:00 
   34 SUSAN LOWRY          43 F  SANDWICH        MA            49:01  7:00 
   49 TOM NALLY            52 M  S.DENNIS        MA FTC\CCAC   49:54  7:08 
   51 ROB SWANSON          51 M  CENTERVILLE     MA            49:58  7:08 
   53 DAVID MASON          51 M  COTUIT          MA            50:12  7:10 
   58 MARY PEABODY         47 F  DENNIS          MA            50:28  7:12 
  105 NATALIE SHEA         31 F  CENTERVILLE     MA            54:01  7:43 
  107 GEORGE JOHNSON       56 M  MANOMET         MA            54:03  7:43 
  131 W.SCOTT KERRY        35 M  N.EASTHAM       MA CCAC       55:37  7:56 
  180 ROBERT KADUNC        34 M  HYANNIS         MA CCAC       58:07  8:18 
  210 PAT NALLY            50 F  S.DENNIS        MA FTC\CCAC 1:00:15  8:36 
  215 MARK LINSE           47 M  SANDWICH        MA FTC/CCAC 1:00:26  8:38 


Monson Memorial Classic Half-Marathon
Monson, MA, November 4, 2001
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   85 Joanne Corsano              63  47  12/14   F4049 Pocasset        MA 2:12:17 10:06 


Rafferty's Pub
Marshfield, MA, November 4, 2001
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  10   30:36  6:07    2 40-49   10 M   169 John Martin                 Hyannis,MA
  16   31:32  6:18    9 30-39   16 M   165 Vincent Smith               Marstens Mills,MA
  75   35:53  7:11    6 30-39    9 F   127 Kate Naples                 E Sandwich,MA
  92   36:39  7:20    9 50-59   79 M   247 Tom Scott                   Pembroke,MA
 146   39:40  7:56   18 50-59  116 M   243 Dick Doran                  Pembroke,MA


Mass State Track Coaches Assn XC Invitational
Boston, MA, November 3, 2001
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  12   562 Monahan, Colby            Dennis Yartmouth R  5:24    16:47.25      


Weekend Before Hunting Season 9.5M Trail Race
Sandown, NH, November 3, 2001
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  160 JEFF ERNST           268 M    37  39 WESTFORD     MA 1:30:56  9:34


2001 Tarzan Brown 5.5M
Mystic, CT, November 3, 2001
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120  PETERS           JIM          W. YARMOUTH         MA   51  M5059   11/ 8937:07    6:44       573


Khoury's 4.13M
Somerville, MA, November 1, 2001
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Steve Vaitones          Waltham, MA        31:24
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     Every once in a while, we sluggers manage to carve our little ray of sunshine, and I guess I got mine on Sunday. But it came hard.

     In late August I had planned my Fall of races, and had duly noticed that Dick Fedion’s 60’s division course record at the Nifty Fifty was somewhat in my ball park. The record was 7:52:15, and I had run within three minutes of that time in 1998, the last time I had run the race. But that was also the year I was in great shape, having done a 19:46 100 and several marathons in the fall around 3:20. Plus I was three years older now, with the usual trickle of aging detria. Time doth march on, as Ponce Deleon even found out.

     I had crashed and burned in my Slam pursuit over the summer, so knew I needed to take inventory and do something different. I began a slow diet, losing about a pound a week, with a goal of 162 for the race in eight weeks. I am a natural heavyweight, and if I eat “normal”, I gradually grow to over 190 despite 50 or 60 miles a week, which has predictable influence on my times. I have a rough tab on this effect in my 30 years of Jim Fixx and John Jerome running logs, which is almost irrelevant to the skinny guys, who simply don’t relate. My mileage and training hasn’t changed significantly for 20 years, after a learning period of 30 years before that, as I was one of the original subscribers to Track & Field News back in 1953, when it was Bert & Cordner Nelson’s newsletter.

     I ran the Clarence Demar in 3:48 (170lbs.), Cape Cod (very hilly) in 3:38 (166), then the week before sort of skated through Jeff Washburn’s new Stone Cat Ale trail marathon in 5:26 because it was a very forgiving course and I wanted to show my support for a good friend’s new venture (superb in every way, I might say). Called it my last long run, which I always do closer to a race than advised anyway, but always on non-pavement so I get the low impact of the beach or golf course.

     Through my buddy Rusty Snow (13th American at New York this year in 2:22), I have learned and practiced the depletion diet before a race, plus a few other logistical squeezers, like following strict tangents (Jim Garcia is a master at this, I noticed during the race — and why not? After all, he is an engineer), peeing on the run, racing through the aid stations with prearranged grab bottles, etc.

     I also had the luxury of changing shirts on the fly, as my girl friend Jane was there every loop, and as it grew warmer, it was great to run barechested for a while in my best Walt Stack imitation, as is my usual wont. I would have liked to slip out of the tights just to shorts, but the comfortability factor wouldn’t have warranted the time lost for this. Didn’t want to stop for nothin’. Including, I hasten to add, a rascally little white toy poodle who came yapping out at us, then BIT me in the ankle, the little #X*%!, as Steve Peckonis observed, grabbing a stick up. Oh well. Life in the battle zone.

     The pace was the key. I puposely went through the marathon slower (4:01 to 3:59) than in ’98, hoping to slow down less in the late stages, and had noticed in admiration some of the great negative-split patience of folks like Betsy Laflamme in previous years. Every running cost-efficiency test I have read bears this out, but few have the discipline to bring this to practice, save a few great track runners. (check out the last mile of every 10,000 meter world record) The best I could do was to slow down less, and at all costs avoid anything resembling the wall.

     It was very hard. From my laminated sheet tucked in my shorts, I never had the luxury of a three or four minute cushion to relax with, but had to grind away. A loop course offers some extras, like Garcia and Setnes duel for 35 miles as they whizzed by me, the many greetings from my fellow grunters as we trudged along. Missy Heeb and Ruthie Kesler and yes, Dick Fedion himself, shouted encouragement every time I came to the home station. Boy, that helps. And there was always Jane, my noble Jane, who had seen me through all the other wars of Vermont and Leadville and Western States. This was tough, but damn, isn’t everything you every really wanted tough?

     The last loop was scary. I knew I had about a minute and a half margin, but was wobbling and knew I was right on the edge. I could fall so easy. I had to be careful not to blow it. All the planning and training and hopes that for once, I would be in the record books right alongside those other real runners. An old man can dream, can’t he?

     The last mile was an exercise in focus and balance, and when I could see Don Allison and Mike Menovich about 300 yards away in front of the Washington Oaks School at the finish line, I couldn’t bear to glance at my watch. Don announced the good news to me, 7:50:50, my fastest 50 ever, and a scant minute 25 seconds inside the record. I collapsed into Jane, who of course was crying and who was the one person who could truly know what it all meant.

     Now, I know I’m a little pea in the pod, and I know the difference between “Well done, lad,” and true greatness — like a Bernd Heinrich (same age!) running a full hour faster than me a month ago at a race in Maine and winning the damn thing outright, but I also know that our sport offers each one of us a chance to pursue our goals for our very own right. And that’s got its own importance, and can be so beautiful.

     After the awards ceremonies, Dick Fedion came over and congratulated me on the new “improvement” on the age group record, wryly adding, “But thanks a lot, Pete.”

     Yet somehow I don’t think he minded a bit.

See you on the trails,

Pete

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