In the midst of a brutal heat wave, on the fourth consecutive day with temperatures in the mid-90s and humidity to match, some 700+ brave souls took the mean streets of Weston by storm in the 38th Annual Marathon Sports 5-Miler, on Thursday, July 18th 2013. Some great racing took place across all competitions, and though there was much sweat, the blood and tears were nowhere to be found among such hardy competitors. Full results are live, along with pictures, all hosted by our friends at RaceWire.
Our congratulations go out to all those who participated in the race in any capacity, whether winning, setting a PR, or finishing dead last. We thank each and every one of you for your participation, and want to remind you that through racing, you have helped to provide over $135,000 in recent years to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Massachusetts, our primary race beneficiary.
Though the weather and typical Pike traffic kept a handful at bay, all told 707 of you officially finished the race, none the worse for the heat's wear.
In the open competition, the men's race featured one of the tightest finishes in recent memory, with the top 5 finishers all crossing the line within 24 seconds from first to last. In the end, it was Somerville's David Swanson who took the tape, outkicking Weston's own Matthew Herzig by 5 seconds in a very quick 26:21. In the women's race, better still, we had yet another repeat winner: 2012 winner Kaitlin Anelauskas of Cambridge bested the field in 29:36. A warm round of applause is owed to you both.
Speaking of repeats, the 4th Annual Brooks Coed Team Challenge brought with it an even larger field of cleverly-named teams than usual (Keep Calm and Chafe On, we're looking at you). However, it was the squad comprised of Nora Sullivan, Kaitlin Anelauskas, Chad Carr, and David Swanson (Team Oops...We Did It Again) who had just enough in the tank to outlast a stacked BAA squad featuring Craig McMahon, Dave Brooks, Sarah Bard, and Laura Brusolon, ultimately winning by a combined margin of just over 1 minute. While the Chad Carr/Kaitlin Anelauskas helmed teams have won each of the four editions of the Coed Challenge, the fierce competition for the top spot is only heating up every year. Congrats to both teams for such a gritty fight!
Lastly, our sincere thanks also go out to all the sponsors and vendors: Brooks, Poland Spring, Dominos Pizza, When Pigs Fly Bakery, NRG Bar, Power Bar, Tifosi, Timex, Picky Bars, Yasso Frozen Yogurt, Zico, Whole Foods Markets, Propel, and PowerBar; without you all, none of this would be possible. And to the Town of Weston, its residents, and its schools: we sincerely thank you for letting us run rampant through your streets, trails, and fields each year. While we pledge to leave the place looking better than we find it every time, we appreciate your continuing support, and we couldn't ask for a better place for our little race to call home. We're extremely grateful for you all, and we look forward to seeing each and every one of you again next year.