Just a little bit of sun and we surely would have seen temperatures pushing 60F at today’s Grand Prix – but that was not to be as fog, drizzle and a steady southwest wind kept temps at a chilly but manageable 48F. Geof Newton took the overall win from Brandon Bausch in the last 1/10 of a mile but Brandon still leads the General Classification with a whopping 1526 points with 4 races still to go. Dede Griesbauer, pro triathlete and the top American woman finisher at Kona in 2009, visited us from Boston and bested club triathlete Charlotte Johnson, 27:07 to 28:25. Another multisporter, Eastham’s Katie McCully, rounded out the top 3 women to place 19th overall in 29:29. [Full Race Results]
While some teams had trouble mustering the troops to field full complements (the Old Dogs suffered a hamstring blowout while Wicked Old Warriors, IFAW and Road Hogs no-heighted), Happy Trails, YPD Blue and BPD Blue had no problems finding heads to count. Happy Trails took the overall win from the Nauset Warriors led by the 3 top-10 performances of Jason McWhirter (4), Peter Lyons (8) and Howard Tansey (10) but the strong female contingent of Nauset crushed any thought of competition in their mixed division. Meanwhile, a struggling Level 5 team was lucky that Old Dogs couldn’t muster a full team in the men’s division as they took the division win by default. [Team Results]
A challenging course, settled upon at the last minute, greeted runners with constantly rolling hills and the remains of our early winter snowfall. A few strategically placed puddles kept things interesting and even though temperatures were perfect for running, many took advantage of the water stop just past two miles to rest after the Bayberry Golf Club hill climb.
Chowder from Capt. Parker’s Pub in W. Yarmouth and a full spread of potluck items were quickly demolished by the 125 hungry runners and walkers. And after running and eating, the remaining crowd was treated to tours of the YPD facility and demonstrations of firearms and tactical methods by the YPD SWAT Team. Proceeds from the race were donated to the Nicholas G. Xiarhos Memorial Fund.