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Kenyan runner Stanley Biwott took advantage of a steep downhill at the end of Falmouth Road Race, sprinting down Grand Avenue into Falmouth Heights to shake off the last of his challengers to win the 7.1-mile seaside run.

It was the second victory in a week, Biwott also won last week’s Beach to Beacon 10K.

Biwott, 26, edged defending champion Lucas Rotich in the last meter to cross the line in 31 minutes and 59 seconds, setting a 4:34.33 pace in thick humidity.  (In the women's division, Kenyan runner Margaret Wangari won with 36:54).  

Morning rainstorms were so heavy, first-year race director Dave McGillivray had to scramble to get huge puddles cleared from the road, delaying the start by 10 minutes. The rain had stopped by race time but many runners misjudged the severity of the humidity that quickly settled into the air. The medical tent was packed with overheated runners an hour after the winners crossed the line, and at least three were transported to the hospital.

“I think it was deceiving with the weather,’’ said Dr. Robert Davis, who was working in the medical tent.

Even Frank Shorter, a former champion here and an Olympic gold medalist in 1972, said the humidity was extraordinarily difficult.

“I couldn’t tell you how many Falmouths I’ve run,’’ Shorter said, “but I can tell you this one was the hardest.’’

Photo by Catherine Cross

Comments

run Definitely agree on a Monday departure...missed the party which is probably the perfect conclusion to the day.
Barry Anderson 8/14/12 10:04 am
run It was great to have you on our crew Barry. One thing I would do different being from the West Coast. I would leave on Monday instead on Sunday. We had to rush off and not enjoy the post race celebration...
Bob Anderson 8/14/12 8:49 am
run Good thing you picked this one Bob for your challenge. I was lucky to get to witness this race in person...what an experience. It is a race that every runner should put on their "try to do list". Sounds like the humidity was unusually high from what some locals said.
Barry Anderson 8/14/12 8:34 am
run I am only running two races on the east coast for my 50 race challenge. The Falmouth Road Race was the first. I had heard about this race since it was started 40 years ago. The humidity was BAD but I still very much enjoyed the race once it was over. The crowd along the route is amazing...four to eight people deep for miles...congrats to all the 10,610 finishers.
Bob Anderson 8/13/12 3:22 pm

 

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