Main Street Mile 2015
It’s not often you can say that you ran with an Olympian. Runners of the 2015 Main Street Mile got just that chance as Frank Shorter made a surprise appearance. “I saw him out riding his bike as we were setting up registration, a few hours later he was in line to sign up” said race director Tom Davis. Shorter, a two time winner of the Falmouth Road Race, was in town on vacation when he decided to try for a “personal worst” – it had been 25 years since he’s ran a competitive mile. Official starter Courtney Bird introduced the 1972 Marathon Gold Medal winner to the crowd of 248 runners and walkers before the canon went off. Shorter talked about the importance of running with today’s youth and wished everyone good luck.
The rain held off on Sunday as they raced down Main St. turning right on Walker and finishing on the beach at Surf Drive. Worcester’s Joshua Curtis held off Falmouth’s Alex Fratantoni (5:02.1) to win in 5:01.6 Completing the top three was Geoff Nickerson of North Falmouth with a time of 5:12.8
On the women’s side taking home the bobble head trophy was 13-year-old East Falmouth resident Annabelle Abbott with a time of 6:20.6. In second place was Kerry Noonan of Boston in a time of 6:25.8. Victoria Tynan of Falmouth (6:26.6 ) rounded out the top three.
Defending champs and current course record holders Rory Jenkins and Sarah Edwards were both out with injuries for this year’s race. Jenkins pitched in as a volunteer and offered a few words of encouragement at the start before hoping on his bike to call out splits at the half-mile mark.
Age group award winners included:
Youth Boys – Leo Ostroff Falmouth 6:18.5
Youth Girls – Bianca Greco N. Falmouth 6:29.4
Teen Boys – Matthew Delaney Falmouth 5:16.9
Teen Girls – Kate Delaney Falmouth 6:36.8
Open Male – David Corbett E. Falmouth 5:20.1
Open Female – Jessica Morrison Falmouth 6:52.1
Masters Male – Brian Bourque Waquoit 5:21.6
Masters Female – Michelle Cox Monument, CO 7:55.0
The Falmouth Track club organized and produced the 33rd running of the Main Street Mile it is consistent with its mission to promote healthy living trough running and walking. Proceeds from the race are used for community grants and scholarships award to local graduating seniors. The race was started in 1981 by mothers of the Falmouth HS cross-country team to raise money for expenses.
All finishers 18 and under received a 33rd running medallion provided by a grant from the Falmouth Road Race and some lucky participants received raffle prizes including two children, which won bikes from Dr. O’Malley from Cape Cod Sports Medicine. The race was sponsored by Wood Lumber, The Quarterdeck Restaurant, Marathon Sports in Mashpee, Total Orthopedic, Sports Center Physical Therapy, and Hamilton Tree.