Shout Out to Falmouth

August 5, 2010

The Falmouth Road Race will be run next weekend along the beautiful shores of southern Massachusetts. If you’ve never run this beautiful 7.1 mile race I’d recommend it….if you can get in that it. My neighbor, Evan Sherr, and I used to try and run it every year until we started getting shut out of the race due to it’s popularity.

Last year’s winner, Tilahun Regassa (19) from Ethiopia crossed the finished line easily but won’t be racing this year. USA’s Meb Keflezigi (35) the 2004 Olympic Silver medalist, IMG New York Marathon’s 2009 winner and the American record holder in the 10k (27:13.98) will be in field, as well as Ed Moran (25) and a mass of international male athletes looking to add a win in Falmouth to their resumes.

Two married  couples are slated to run next weekend, Gebre Gebremariam (25), elite runner from Tigray, Ethiopia, and his wife, super athlete Werknesh Kidane (28), also of the Tigray region of Ethiopia will be competing as well as Dejene Berhanu (30) from Addis Alem, Ethiopia, located 55km west of Addis Ababa, and wife, newcomer Ayelech Berhanu, who hopes to place high in the field and add Falmouth to her accomplishments.

The American women have a nice group of contenders including Rebecca Donague, the second placed American female in last year’s race. Against her will be veteran Colleen de Reuck (45), Molly Huddle (All-American from Notre Dame), and Kate O’Neill (20). Colleen de Reuck will be looking for her 5th Falmouth title.

Among the seniors in the race will be three of the most decorated runners in American history: Olympic gold medallists Frank Shorter and Joan Benoit Samuelson, and four-time Boston and New York marathon winner Bill Rodgers. Shorter has won Falmouth twice, Rodgers three times, and Samuelson six times.

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