Falmouth Road Race
August 15, 2010 by staff
Falmouth Road Race, Falmouth – Falmouth 2010 El Camino race festivities began yesterday with the Falmouth Mile, with four different divisions competing in a race of a mile on the track at Falmouth High School.
Hundreds of fans – many in high school to pick up your number for the race today – became high school kids show and the girls race with the elite men and women. Highlighting the men’s elite field was Nick Willis, silver medal for New Zealand 1500 meters at the Olympic Games 2008.
But it was former Stanford runner and Hanover, NH, native Russell Brown, who stole the show, beating Willis in less than a second and 2000 and won the victory and an extra 500 to break four minutes, which made three tenths of a second.
“It was a tough season for me, and I found this race a couple of teammates who ran last year and had a great time, so I thought it would be a good way to cap the season,” said Brown. “Then I heard the Olympic silver medalist was coming and I thought ‘well, that is’ interesting. But I heard that he was battling some injuries and I knew if there was ever a time to beat him today. I do not think I’ve run against the real Willis, Nick. ”
Willis took the lead around the final corner, but Brown found the energy in the last 100 meters to overtake and crossing the line just before the silver medal.
Willis said he had a meniscus operation in March.
“I’ve been enjoying being healthy again and I’m training well,” said Willis. “I realized I had to roll the ball in terms of training and get on the track, so I learned from this race and I thought I could get a good career in a fun environment. But after the first lap as I type reminded that it is not fun and games. ”
Willis took home and 1,000 for the second and 200 more to break four minutes.
For the first time, the race includes a secondary school boys and girls event by invitation. Max Darrah, a recent Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School graduate and an incoming freshman at the University of Georgetown, easily won the boys race with a time of 4:28. DY junior Josh Lopes finished second with a time of 4:45, and Barnstable senior Greg Hardy was a close third at 4:46.
“I felt pretty good out there,” said Darrah. “I was not really sure what to expect then I hit the first round. I did not realize he was going as fast as me.”
The former star of Gannett Anna Sandwich DY beat former Megan Barry highlighted in the case of girls. Gannett took over on the last lap and crossed a 10-second victory, finishing in 5:27.59. Bella Walko, a freshman at Barnstable, finished third with a time of 5:40.
“I had not made a start and from the spring track season,” said Gannett. “I was not sure if he would be able to get the shot at the end but I’ve been training some longer distances, so I had the strength.”
Winning the women’s elite race was Nicole Edwards, who finished second last year. She also received a bonus of 500 and 2000 above it and the top prize, finishing in a time of 4:32.45, just below the level 4:33.
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