Area runners shine at Falmouth
AREA RUNNERS SHINE AT FALMOUTH ROAD RACE
The 40th running of the Falmouth 7-mile road race on Sunday attracted a field of 10,611 finishers in the trek from Woods Hole to Falmouth Heights on Cape Cod.
There were sporadic downpours up until the 10 a.m. start of the race with the humidity reaching 93% before the start. The start was delayed 15 minutes as crews removed standing water on areas of the course.
The elite field included area runners Jim Zoldy of Watertown, Jackson Morrow of Harwinton, and Shadow Pereira of Torrington who were allotted starting positions up front based on age-group performances.
Zoldy, 50, placed 102nd overall in a time of 41:07, good for 4th overall in the 50-59 Division. He was chased to the finish by Morrow, 15, who won the 14 & Under division last year. Morrow, who will be a sophomore at Lewis Mills High School this Fall, placed 112th overall in the field in 41:49, almost 2 minutes faster than last year. He placed seventh in his division which was won by Ethiopia’s Deksisa Solomon in 34:15.
Pereira, 13, running in his first Falmouth race, placed 561st overall. The former Litchfield Hills Road Race 11 & under winner finished in a time of 50:40 and placed 7th overall in his division of 155 entrants (14 & under). Pereira will be a Freshman at Torrington High School this Fall. Both Morrow and Pereira represented the Litchfield Track Club.
Litchfield Hills Road Race Director John Clock, 63 , of Bantam placed 118th in his division (60-69) with a time of 1:11.04. Ali Riley, 28, of Litchfield ran 1:01.45 and placed 637th in her very competitive (19-29) division.
Male winner of the race was Staney Biwott of Kenya in 31:59 and the female winner was Margaret Wangari, also of Kenya, in 36:54.
A total of 375 Connecticut runners were entered in the race.