Wonder Twin Power

Originally uploaded by Tweezer 17

Hunting high and low for pictures of this photo finish, we finally stumbled over this one in Tweezer17’s flickr photo stream. Maybe a lucrative shoe contract or a promise of post-race recovery fluids will convince these guys to switch to the blue and white for all their races. Meanwhile, 2:28:35 is one of the fastest times to be logged by a Cape resident (even an ex-pat like Justin) in quite some time. They’ve set a high bar for Cape dwellers for several years to come.

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baa-logo A northwest wind, cool temperatures and blue skies aligned for a near perfect Boston – and Robert Cheruyiot (no relation to the Robert Cheruyiot who won 4 Boston Marathons) took full advantage by cracking the course record and setting the new mark at 2:05:52. Teyba Erkesso held off a late charge by Tatyana Pushkareva to break the tape for the women in 2:26:11. For Cape finishers, the Deeg twins of Eastham led the men, running side by side the entire way to break the line at 2:28:35. The photo finish went to Tom but with identical kit, haircuts and strides, we don’t expect that anyone would be able to tell who really hit the line first. Joe Navas took a couple of minutes off of his best Boston time to log 2:35:51 as 3rd CCAC clubber. Brenda Conlan led the club women with a 3:33:09 in her first Boston attempt followed in by Jane Lovelette in 4:05:49 and Janet Kelly in 4:08:50. Those times were good for age group finishes of 81st and 25th respectively. Elizabeth Crowley who trains with us on occasion put up the fastest women’s time on the Cape with a 3:02:19. Bob Borglund continued his Boston roll with a 4:37:24 finish and a 1st place win in his age group of 80+. Other notable AG finishes included Beverly Savage’s 8th place in 5:06:48, Gene Cormier’s 42nd place finish in 3:32:52 and local wheelchairer Jim Savicki taking 1st in his age group by navigating the course in 2:28:57. Congratulations to all finishers! [Cape Codder Results] [Full 2010 Marathon Results]

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Yes, as you can tell from the recent postings all loaded with links to the BAA’s website, the Boston Marathon rapidly approaches. The club has reserved the standard room at the Lenox – ask for the CCAC or John Worgan’s room at the front desk – and all club members are welcome to unwind, recover and shower in a nice, downtown room amidst all the action. The Falmouth Track Club’s room is just down the hall so expect all kinds of Cape Cod festivities at the Lenox. We’ve also culled a list of every registered Cape Codder so you can track your runner – let us know if we’ve missed a name or two – and will post finishing times after the BAA compiles the results. If you’re running, don’t forget to visit your CCAC volunteer friends too; several will be out on the course, Cathy Whitelaw and friends will be working the food distribution, and Geof and Becky Newton will be at a new Gatorade station in the finish system. See you in Boston!

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Each year around this time, my thoughts turn to Boston. Writing this for the Cape Cod Athletic Club, this of course elicits a big "duh" for anyone reading and even for the person writing it.

I think of Johnny Kelley. Again, "Gee, ya’ think?"

But here’s the thing; I think of Johnny as a young man, cruising painfully home, still striding strong through the physical and emotional burn of winning and losing. I also think of him smiling in the Dennis sunshine, an old man who seemed to do nothing but look at the positive, hopeful side of life.

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Team Big Fix, anchored by the CCAC’s Virginia Ryan, will be headed to Boston in a few short days. In advance of their tour from Hopkinton to Boston, they’ll be sponsoring a fundraiser in support of Cape Cod’s NOAH Center and other housing assistance efforts on the Cape. Join them on 15 April at Tommy Doyle’s Irish Pub in Hyannis from 5-7PM for live entertainment, refreshments, raffles, and other fun. Contact Virginia at 508.771.5400 for more information.

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With summer right around the corner, club members Joe Weinberger and Annie Gibbons invite you to “get fit, lose weight, reduce stress” at their annual 10 week running clinic. Focusing on beginners and intermediate runners, the program officially begins on 17 April at the Johnny Kelley Park in South Dennis at 8:30AM and culminates at the 5K Run For The Arts in June. The beginner’s program will transition you from walking to running continuously for 30 minutes and the intermediate program is designed for runners already logging regular 30 minute runs who want to increase their speed or endurance. Since many school vacations begin the weekend of the 17th, coaches Joe and Annie are offering a ‘free’ day this Saturday, 10 April. Come run, learn about the program, and get 11 weeks for the price of 10! For more information, contact Annie Gibbons at 508.237.0595 or Joe Weinberger at 508.394.3012.

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Beautiful weather this weekend means we’ll be hitting the roads and trails on both foot and cycle but there’s some construction happening along the Chatham-Harwich spur of the Rail Trail (aka the Old Colony Rail Trail) that you’ll need to watch out for. In Harwich, the town is replacing water mains between Thompson’s Field and Depot Road as part of an installation of a new water treatment facility on Depot Road and will have much of that section of path torn up for a few weeks. Although they haven’t started yet, construction looks imminent and if anyone has more specific dates, please post them as a reply. In Chatham, sewer construction for the new police facility has begun. Construction starts at the treatment plant in South Chatham, just east of Short & Sweet, and continues to George Ryder Road. Although most of the construction is now shifting to Route 28 as of 6 April, George Ryder Road will continue to be torn up and closed to traffic during the week for a few more weeks. Cyclists and runners can, for the moment, get from the airport to the next section of trail without much difficulty and construction ceases over the weekend but be alert for holes, sandy sections of road, and the steel plates across the road. Enjoy the sun and summer temps – we’ll be paying for it with snow in June!

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