“I ran a 10 mile race in Newburyport on Tuesday, and there was not much snap in my legs tonight. Maybe next year I won’t try to do two races in a couple of days. My time was much better a year ago even though it was much hotter that night. The winner went out really hard and was ahead of me all the way. When I’d get closer she would open it up again.”
Richard finished 11 seconds behind Rich, and 11 seconds ahead of last year’s winner Jordan Kinley.
“I’m from Little Rock, Arkansas,” said the 25-year old. “My family is from Beverly and my father lives here. I was able to stay close to the winner until the two mile mark when he pulled ahead. I tried, but couldn’t catch him.”
Salem’s Kinley took third in 15:45, and wasn’t happy with his time which was slower than last year. The third place female was Layce Alves of Rockport (17:59), who won the Louise Rossetti Race on the same course in June.
Race director Andrew Walker of the Beverly Y thanked the runners and volunteers for making this the best race ever. The field was filled with Beverly and former Beverly residents. Many people wore tee-shirts advertising candidates running for various political offices. Stefanie Frazee wore a bridal veil during the race because she is getting married today, and a group of firefighters ran in full gear.
Allie Sheehan, who will be a senior at Beverly High, wore her orange Panther Pride shirt. She runs track, but plays field hockey in the fall and ran the race for the first time. She finished in 22:31, a good time, especially since she has been working out for field hockey, but not running.
The first female in the 14-19 age group was Danvers High track star Catalina Dominick, who was 22nd overall in 18:19.