The Grand Prix took over Chapin’s Restaurant in Dennis on Sunday for a whizbang and windy course designed by Joe Weinberger. Kite surfers were cutting the waves out at Chapin’s Beach and with the wind at our backs, the miles cruised along. A tiny hill at 2.1 miles in to the run worked over the muscles but runners were rewarded with the long downhill fly of Nobscusset. On the individual leader board, Mike Sellars still leads the pack and is posting an impressive perfect 10’s in his age group thus far. The chase pack of Geof Newton, Tom Tuttle and Tom Nally is trying to close the gap but with a 300 point lead on the nearest challenger, Sellars may have this year’s individual title wrapped. On the women’s board, Robyn Argo and Katie McCully are racing neck and neck chased by Susan Lowry and Donna Blackman. Races 7 and 8 will be critical for the women.
Buoyed by an impressive performance at the Cape Cod Road Runners Winter Fun Run led by Ryan Gattoni, Newton and Sellars, team Firefly continued the charge posting an overall win at Chapin’s with the help of a clutch performance by Nick Harmansky. Firefly has now closed to within 2 points of Happy Trails and continues to dominate the Men’s Division. Meanwhile, Wicked Old Warriors faltered in their recent outing, only able to field a women’s team and costing them valuable Mixed division points. Happy Trails continued their heavy recruiting, bringing in the speedy Joshua Curtis who scored a big “2” for the team and, along with Susan Lowry and Franco Bonfini, cemented in the team’s hold on the Mixed division title. Nauset Women Warriors continue to punish all who attempt to challenge in the women’s division.
This week, the Grand Prix heads back to Chatham, but this time the south side, to the “summer” home of Paul Collyer. A rolling 3’ish mile course is said to be in store. [Chapin’s Results] [Standings] [Scoreboard] [Grand Prix Information]