Two new members to the Cape’s fine ultra society, Steve Sullivan and Doug Lavoie, made auspicious debuts Fri/Sat up at Wakefield’s 24 hr. Around the Lake Ultra.
58 year old Steve compiled 115 miles for third place overall despite getting in the strange role of dog umpire in a sudden canine to-do at the halfway point, a chore that landed him on his head and dealt quite a gash to his eye. No matter, lion-hearted Steve showed the stout stuff of men from the land of fishes and cod, and simply picked himself up and continued on his way. Loud cries of sympathy from sisters Laurie and Kelly turned to cheers as he shrugged off medical assistance (both are nurses). What’s a little blood to true gladiators?
Doug Lavoie of Hyannis, 59, made his return to ultras after about a 30 year absence due to a horrific surf board accident that cost him the best years of his running career, and compiled 83 miles until a poor food choice upset his stomach and ended his race at about 22 hours. Both men acquitted themselves nobly and brought glory to both the CCAC and the fabled CCUS.
Speaking of glory, Janet Kelly ran the marathon portion of the multi event in a scintillating 3:58, right on the mark which she fearlessly predicted to this reporter despite the nighttime start and hard sidewalk surface to the loop course. Our Ken Lemerise scored a 3:55 time himself, then donned his best cheerleader outfit and coached, crewed, and paced friend Steve on & on for the rest of the night and day. Such emotional support is often the difference in the best ultra efforts.
Not to be forgotten, our noble president Bob "Ecky" Eckerson notched marathon-or-longer #98 in a time of 5:22 after eight loops of the Lake Quannapowitt course. Right on schedule to make the Cape Cod Marathon his 100th such trek in the fall.
~ Pete Stringer, stealth ultra reporter