Monday, March 17, 2008

Great Southie Irish Showdown Overshadowed

It was setting up to be a great duel between two, not yetintip-topshapebut desperatelyreadyforarace MiniPonies. That was, until, someone else--a woman, no less--stole the show.

Jerry the Tick and Frank KJ toed the line at the South Boston St. Patrick's Day 5K yesterday in full spirits. Jerry, a half-Irish/half Dutchmen felt a sense of pride swelling--or was that Guinness--in his gut, as the gun went off and he started up his battle with the "Great Dane", who was still bouncing back from his penile implant surgery. Two aging but fearless multisporters. One 5K road race for all the marbles amidst thousands of screaming drunken fans. Bragging rights would last right through until the Thanksgiving Day race. And somehow, it all went unnoticed.

While the details are still unclear, what IS clear from the finish times, that it was an epic battle between these two. The Tick edged the Dane by a mere two seconds. Two seconds. It took you that long to read the words--two seconds.


Yes, GBTC's Alison McCabe stole the show by outlegging ALL the boys and winning in a very impressive 17:46 and made what should have been one of the road running world's most dyanmic finishes a mere afterthought.


In other racing action this weekend, the team of Karen and Karyn took to the streets. K-- Miller-Medzon scurried through the Ras Na Heireann USA in Somerville in 22:10, and took 5th in her age group! And K--- Ringheiser put on her "Away Uniform" and sped through the New Bedford Half Marathon in 1:31, yes sub-7 pace for those of you keeping score at home. And Dima Feinhaus had his "away uniform" on and ran a PR of 1:24. I'm sure he'd have run a 1:22 with a Coyote on his chest!

Congrats to all. As always, Go Mini Ponies.

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