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Cassius Clark wins 2021 Oxford 250

Cassius Clark win the 48th Oxford 250
Crew celebrates the win

(Oxford ME) Last year it was Johnny Clark.

This year, Cassius Clark.

No, they’re not related.

But both, in successive years, put an end to their Oxford 250 frustrations.

Cassius was the latest, winning the 48th annual Oxford 250 on Sunday night at Oxford Plains Speedway.

Cassius had failed to win the event in thirteen previous tries, same number as Johnny Clark. 

Oxford crowd gives their traditional wave

It wasn’t a record either one of them wanted to be a part of. Their eventual success, however, should be an inspiration for those who keep trying to win the event.

“We’d dominated so many 250’s,” explained Cassius recalling his frustrations.  “In other attempts, we had led with twenty-five laps left and had been in front for over hundred laps and yet failed to win.  The race was just a thorn in our side!”

But that changed tonight.  The Farmington (ME) resident took the lead for good with twenty-seven laps left.

Cassius also had to survive a pretty good bump from second-place finisher Curtis Gerry on the final turn to get the win.

“I bumped him a little bit and moved him over,” said Curtis afterwards, “but I didn’t make it to the line to beat him.  I wouldn’t want to win that way anyway.”

The race begins

The entertained crowd was treated to thirteen restarts.  Not a favorite of drivers but fans love them. The spread-out field tightens up and the corners become very interesting to navigate.

Cassius Clark got his first lead on Lap 177.  There would be six restarts after that.  On this cool (60’s) evening, Cassius, on the inside, was the quickest on the restarts.

A hint of what was coming today was a race two weeks ago in which Cassius won a PASS 150 event at OPS.

“That was my first race since last year’s 250,” said Cassius.  “The car had been taken back to Canada last year and they worked on it from our mistakes and made this thing awesome.”

Before today’s race, Cassius was actually confident about winning.  “We thought today we were going to have a bit of a cakewalk, but they definitely made us earn it.”

Cassius bumped with Eddie MacDonald (6th) battling for the lead and ended up with a nice dent on the right side of his car.

Derek Griffith (3rd)

Derek Griffith (3rd) started twenty-ninth and got to the front, even holding the lead on Lap 222.

“We were good,” said Derek afterwards.  “We came up through and we led some laps.  The last set of tires we burned up a little bit on the outside.  However, we’ll take what we got.”

Derek was second in the 250 two years ago.

Joey Doiron (4th) was third last year.  This year he was in contention again.

“We tried to maintain with Curtis (Gerry) in the first run,” said Joey after the race.  “We did lead a few laps.”

“After our pit stop there was a huge wreck,” added Joey, “and we ended up having to hop the curb.  I don’t know if we bent something on our left or right front.  The car wasn’t quite the same afterwards. We didn’t have enough at the end, but we did hold on, though.”

Curtis Gerry (2nd)

The most disappointed driver post-race was probably Curtis Gerry.  Curtis started the race in fourth and was in the lead or near the lead all race long. Curtis led from laps 6-108.

“It was frustrating to come so close,” said Curtis afterwards.  “I was definitely faster than him (Cassius Clark) on the bottom, but I don’t know if I had anything on the outside for him.”

“We had a really good car in the first run,” said Curtis.  “We got a little too free at the end of the race. When we pitted and took tires, they were a little too snug for the outside but very good on the bottom.”

If it had been the Oxford 251?  “I think I would have gotten him in one more lap,” said Curtis.  “Once I was under him, it would have been over.”

Curtis will get a sizable check for the many laps he led.  They’re worth $100 each.

Johnny Clark (5th) told me afterwards that he almost didn’t race.

Johnny Clark (5th) talks to his crew before the race

“You wouldn’t believe what we were making for changes and how bad we were,” said last year’s winner.

“We certainly didn’t have a fifth-place car at noontime today,” said Johnny.  “We were thinking we should just pack up and go home.”

But they did stay, and despite starting thirty-first, were able to get fifth.

“The track was rubbing up so much,” he added.  “I’ve never seen it like this before.  It made things so tight.  But we came home fifth and that’s nothing to hang our heads about.”

Cassius Clark knew his car was good.  “I knew that my car was super-fast,” he said, “so if I stayed on the bottom, they were going to have a hard time getting by me.”

Cassius Clark

“Curtis (Gerry) was really fast,” added Cassius, “and he was on me there.  He definitely made me work for it.”

Derek Griffith: “Every time we’d gain a little bit, he (Cassius Clark) would just gain it right back.  I feel as if I used the car up a little bit on the outside of him on those restarts.  I wish I had been restarting from the bottom.”

Cassius Clark: “I’ll have to ask my buddy Johnny (Clark) how long it takes for this win to settle in.  The atmosphere here was awesome.”

Bubba Pollard (10th) started last (43rd).  The driver from Georgia came north in 2018 and won the 250 on his first try.

Billy Clark (Cassius’ dad) was in the OPS 250 six times in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

Notably missing from the race were frequent OPS 250 driver Jeff Taylor and highly-touted Florida driver Stephen Nasse.  Neither did well enough in the heats to qualify.

The win by Cassius Clark was the first for anyone from Maine’s Franklin County.

Teenager Kate Re was the lone female entrant.  She finished twenty-seventh.

The temperatures in the 60’s were certainly a big surprise for late August.  The coolness had to make the upper parts of the track more workable.

TJ Bracket (39th) and DJ Shaw (42nd) started in the front but the race didn’t go well for either of them.

TJ Brackett
DJ Shaw

Thanks, from me, to the OPS owners for giving me a chance to take pictures and get interviews for this entry.

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Derek Griffith
Cassius Clark
Ben Rowe (30th)
Dave Farrington (16th)
Joe Polewarczyk (9th)
Joey Doiron (4th)
Kyle DeSouza (15th)
Travis Benjamin
Bubba Pollard (10th)
Mike Rowe (21st)
Stephen Nasse
Jeff Taylor (2nd in 2020)
Spinout in an earlier race
Addie McDaniel waits for the Runnin Rebels race
Cassius Clark explains how the race was won

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Alex Mowatt wins sixth Bandits feature

Alex Mowatt takes a victory lap

(Oxford ME) Talk about dominating a division.

The Mowatts (Alex and Luke) have certainly done that.

Alex Mowatt (11) chased by his brother Luke (22) in the Bandits feature

Alex took first in the 17th Bandits feature tonight. It’s his sixth win.

Alex Mowatt with the Bandits feature trophy (photo from Mowatt Brothers site)

In the Bandits seventeen features this season, Alex and Luke have thirteen wins between them.  Jeff Libby has two of the remaining four wins.

Jeremy Farrar and Luke Mowatt side by side in the staging area

September 11th is the final Bandits race of the year.  I am going to guess that older brother Alex will be highly motivated to collect a win and tie the win score with his younger brother in that one.

Tonight’s feature was quickly a dogfight between Nick Wilson (he has a win this year), who started on the pole, and Alex Mowatt.

A big difference tonight was the weather.  It was much cooler than it has been.  That meant that the upper levels of the track would be in play.

“The weather was good,” said Alex Mowatt afterwards.  “It cooled down so that the outside groove was workable.”

For almost half of the twenty-lap feature, it was Nick Wilson holding the lead on the inside and Alex Mowatt holding his own on the outside.

Nick Wilson leads early in the race but Alex is coming up on the outside

Alex, however, was persistent and eventually got his #11 ahead of Nick’s #53 just before newcomer Erin Aiken caused a caution on Lap 11.

“I was working on Nick every lap,” said Alex, “and I managed to be ahead of him before the caution.”

Nick Wilson has both Mowatts after him

On the restart, Alex had the pole position, and on this evening, he wasn’t giving the inside lead up.

Luke told me that he figured early that he wouldn’t be adding to his win total tonight.

“He (Alex) had me tonight,” he said.  “I think that I could have had him early on but as the race went on it got harder and harder.”

Nick Wilson came down from the outside after the restart and tangled with Jeremy Farrar.  That did in Nick as he ended up seventh.  Jeremy, on the other hand, hung in there and ended up third.  It was Jeremy’s best finish of the season.

With Nick Wilson moved back, it was Luke Mowatt’s turn to move up.

Another caution put the two Mowatts side-by-side on the restart with seven laps left.  That setup had the makings of an exciting end to the race.

Alex Mowatt wins the second heat

But Alex was off very quickly on the restart.

“I missed a shift on that last caution,” said Luke. “It set me back enough to stay out of it.”

Rather quickly there was a problem when Luke chose to leave the outside. 

“I may have come down on Jeff (Libby),” recalled Luke.  “I didn’t see him until it was a little too late.  I gathered it up once I realized he was there, but it was too late.  Once you get sideways it’s hard to come back out of it.”

Jeff Libby took the worst of it and finished sixth.

Luke went after his brother but never could get into the side-by-side position he had on the restart.  Luke settled for second.

Remarkably, Luke has come in either first or second in each of the last thirteen Bandits features.

Jeremy Farrar wins the first heat

Yet Alex leads in the points standings.  How is that possible?  It all goes back to May 1st.

“I got wrecked in the heat race (on May 1st) so I didn’t get any points in that feature,” recalled Luke. “Without that I might be leading the division or be right near the lead.” Alex has not missed any of the seventeen features.

It was a cool night with lots of racing and restarts.  The Bandits feature started 2 ½ hours after the racing began.

My two cents: If there’s a darker and more dangerous area than the OPS pits when the sun goes down, I’d like to know where it is.  The race cars have no headlights, and the OPS lighting is VERY limited.  Drivers come off the track in a hurry for repairs and they try to get back on the track fast.  This is all being done in the limited light!  Many folks are walking around in the pit area at the same time. Something bad waiting to happen?

Jeremy Farrar (1) and Nick Wilson (53) in the first heat

I wanted to interview Jeremy Farrar after the Bandits feature.  Finding him was an adventure in the dark.  The best I could find was his car!

Trying to take a picture of Alex Mowatt and his first-place trophy?  Another darkness fiasco. (I have since added a picture from the Mowatt Brothers website. They, at least, had someone capable of taking a picture in a dark setting!)

Clearly, the Bandits division is down cars from last year.  A year ago, in the OPS 250 weekend Bandits feature, twenty drivers finished. Luke Mowatt got his first win in that feature. Only ten drivers finished tonight’s race.

Missing this year, are drivers showing up week after week.  In the Bandits division a three-week rolling average is used to place drivers in the feature.  Regulars are placed in the front spots.  The further back you finished in the previous weeks, the closer to the front you were placed in next week’s feature. Therefore, you could count on inexperienced, regular drivers being in front on starts and the points-leading type of drivers having to maneuver around them to get the top spots.  Certainly added some suspense to the features!  Now with few regulars, the points leaders are much closer to the front. Race outcomes are sorted out much earlier than last year.

Alex (11), Jeff (44), and Luke (22) in second heat

It was nice to have a crowd watching races at OPS on Friday night.  I think/hope that the crowd will be one of the best they’ve ever had for Sunday’s OPS 250.

Nick (the announcer) was very good with the descriptions of what was happening on the track on Friday night.  However, I’ll wild guess that he hasn’t been to OPS before.  Why?  He kept referring to Wednesday night racing at OPS. He also wondered out loud if the “Mow-ATTS” were brothers. When two guys win 13 of the 17 Bandits races, you would have that Mowatt family figured out if you’ve been on hand!

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Political statement
Wrong direction
Spin-out
Off the track
Stephen Nasse is in the house

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Media Day at the Oxford Plains Speedway

Interview with Johnny Clark today (photo Norm Marx)

(Oxford Maine) The empty house at the Oxford Plains Speedway on Tuesday was misleading because I know that’s going to change.

It was Media Day leading up to the 48th Oxford 250 on Sunday.

Be certain that the noise will be coming and the excitement as well.

Today, however, was quiet.  There were only two race cars, Kate Re’s #10 and Johnny Clark’s #54, plus several drivers on the track.

Teenager Kate Re with her car

I had the opportunity to interview several of the drivers (Johnny Clark, Dave Farrington, Eddie MacDonald).

Johnny Clark was last year’s winner.  It was unexpected.  Johnny hadn’t won a race at OPS since 2006 and in his most recent race there he finished 26th.

Johnny Clark was last year’s winner

But there he was on Victory Lane last August.

“I remember hearing the track announcer say that ‘Johnny Clark has been rubbing the lucky lamp all night,” recalled Johnny.

“It wasn’t like our win was a fluke,” he added.  “We led 101 laps which was more than anyone else.  We turned in the fastest lap of the race.”

“We had the car to do it and we were able to get the luck we needed to go to Victory Lane,” said Johnny.

Dave Farrington is in his twenties and very intent on winning the 250 for the first time.  Dave took fourth last year and wasn’t very happy about it.

Dave Farrington (photo Norm Marx)

He felt that the numerous cautions and lapped cars made it difficult to make a good run.

“I saw the scoreboard with twenty-five laps left and we were second,” recalled Dave.  “For several laps we were side-by-side with Johnny.”

“We were in good position but call it what you will, luck or circumstances, but they took over,” said Dave. “It always seems that there’s that one lingering caution before the end of the race.”

Eddie MacDonald has won the OPS 250 twice.  The wins were back-to-back in 2009 and 2010.

In both of those victories, Eddie drove up on the track and no one could keep up with him.

“Our car was really good in those wins,” explained Eddie.  “There is so much that goes into winning this race. Pit strategy is important.”

It looked like the beginning of a long string of top finishes for Eddie but that’s not how it’s been.

“I don’t know if the track has changed but we aren’t able to get to the outside,” said Eddie.

“In the last five years, I haven’t been able to come off the bottom of the track here,” Eddie added.

Eddie was optimistic about Sunday’s race: “We came here a couple of weeks ago with a totally different setup and it seems a little bit better.”

“For the most part you can make your own luck if the car is good,” said Eddie.  “You try to put yourself in a good position and not burn it up.”

Dave Farrington was expecting a big race from Johnny Clark on Sunday.  “We know that Johnny is going to come back with just as good a piece as last year.”

Dave added, “We’ve been maintaining all year.  We have a very good piece.  Whether we have the fastest car or not, we still need a perfect day for things to fall our way.”

One advantage that Dave Farrington has over other drivers is his familiarity with Oxford Plains Speedway.  He has led in points for two straight years.

“We’ve been racing here week after week,” said Dave.  “We’ve dealt with any weather/track condition that could come up.  We have a notebook with the information we’ve gathered and hopefully it will help us to be there at the end.”

Dave realizes that the weekly OPS races and the 250 are different.  “We’ve certainly got just as many laps on this track as anyone else this season. However, we haven’t seen an OPS 250 winner from the weekly Oxford competitors in a while.  We’re hoping to break that.”

Dave expected to be busy on Sunday morning.  “A lot of teams are practicing this week in their shops,” he explained, “like almost a live, hot pit stop.  We’ve got a crew that is scattered throughout the state of Maine.  We really don’t get together that often.  Our first practice could be on Sunday morning.”

One thing I like about Media Days is that you can ask questions you would never think of doing after an event.  So I came prepared.

I asked the drivers to explain how they chose the number they have on their cars.

“My whole racing I’ve been #17,” said Eddie MacDonald.  “It was my hockey number in high school (Triton Regional – Byfield MA).  It’s one of the only numbers I could have in hockey and racing.”

Johnny Clark (#54) and Dave Farrington (#23) traced their number back to the one their dads used when they raced.

“My dad was born in ‘54,” said Johnny. “He was my hero behind the wheel.”

Kate Re interviewed (Norm Marx photo)

Kate Re also told me that her #10 came from her dad’s racing number. 

How about the car’s colors?

One of the cars you can’t visually miss is Dave Farrington’s.  It is bright orange.

“That color helps our spotters find us quicker than all the black cars,” said Dave. “I am also a 2009 graduate of Jay High School where our colors were orange and black.”

Eddie MacDonald has used a variety of colors.  “We’ve used orange, red, and black,” said Eddie.  “We leave it up to the car owner and the sponsors to decide.”

Johnny Clark’s car for Sunday’s race is not the same one as last year.

“We debuted this car at Loudon in April, and we were actually thrashing to finish it,” said Johnny.  “The lettering is what we got at the track.  We kept things as they were after we won that race.”

“Back in the early 2000’s I had a white car,” Johnny said.  “It had red accents and a red roof and hood.  Everyone had a white car so then I decided to go black in 2007.  I’m not saying I started a trend, but you look now and there are a lot of black cars out there.”

I asked the drivers about their recollections of the first time they raced at OPS.

Eddie MacDonald: “It was in the late ‘90’s.  We had just bought a car and wanted to try it out.  I had been running at Lee and the setup at OPS was very different.  I got out there and I thought I was going fast but all the locals went flying by.”

Dave Farrington: “It was in 2010-11.  I was just getting my feet wet in racing.  We’ve come a long way since.”

Johnny Clark: “It was 1997 and the race was the Oxford 250.  I was seventeen at the time.  We drew #2 out of the bucket for the heat race.  Steve Knowlton, Jeff Taylor, Timmy Bracket, and Kenny Wright were all in the heat.  They all tangled up about halfway through and we held on to get second and qualified seventh.”

As for the race itself?

All three drivers have provisional qualifications but each of them hopes that they will improve their positioning in the 250 with good runs in the heats on Sunday.

“The provisional qualification would start us about 38th,” said Dave.

“Oxford is definitely not my best racetrack,” said Johnny.  “I have, however, made some progress over the last several years figuring out what I need to do here.  We’ve won before and we know we can do it again.”

Thanks to the drivers for their cooperation.

I also interviewed teenager Kate Re but unfortunately my digital recorder wasn’t functioning.  Maybe I’ll get a chance to talk to her on Victory Lane after the race on Sunday.

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Jeff Libby wins second Bandits feature

Luke Mowatt (22) and Jeff Libby (44) battled lap after lap
Jeff struggled for control in the last lap

(Oxford ME) Jeff Libby’s strategy was “not to look back.”

But he knew where Luke Mowatt was.

“I could see him going across my mirror,” said Jeff afterwards, “but I was just trying to focus on my line and not mess up.”

Jeff and Luke had at it for eighteen laps of the twenty-lap Bandits feature on Saturday night.

Jeff came away with his second win of the 2021 season at Oxford Plains Speedway.

Luke, who has been first or second in the last eleven races and won six races, did everything he could to get the lead.

Jeff started on the pole and Luke was quick to get out of the second row and in behind him.

Luke Mowatt has been first or second for eleven straight weeks

There Luke would stay the entire remaining laps of the twenty-lap Bandits feature.

“I was trying to get by him with everything I knew,” said Luke.  “I knew that it would be tough to get under him.  I was hoping he’d slip up, but he just never did.”

“The tires got hot quick,” added Luke. “It was hard to go on the outside.  I couldn’t do much after the first lap.”

Jeff had a lot to do with it because every way Luke tried to go (to pass), Jeff positioned his car to prevent it.

“Jeff is good at holding his spot,” said Luke.

While that race was going on, another many-lap race went on between Nick Wilson and Alex Mowatt for third place.

Nick Wilson fought off Alex Mowatt for third place

Nick started in the second row and Alex in the third row.

Jeff Libby and Luke Mowatt quickly separated from the rest of the field.

That left Nick and Alex to have an eighteen-lap battle for third place.

Nick, like Jeff Libby ahead of him, held the third spot and never gave it up.

Lap after lap Nick and Alex were side-by-side but the positioning never changed.

“Alex was beside me the whole race,” said Nick afterwards.  “It wore me out, but it was fun.”

On July 24th, Nick held off both Mowatt brothers to get his first Bandits win.

Two separate battles made this a very interesting race to watch
Alex Mowatt

This time Nick only had one of them to contend with.  “We ran side-by-side and didn’t touch once,” said Nick.

Alex has won five times and only finished less than third twice in fifteen races.  Tonight, was one of those times.

“I just held the inside line and kind of prayed,” said Nick.  “I tried to race as clean as I could.”

Nice night for racing.

It seemed like a light crowd to me.  Maybe folks are saving up for the 250 later this month.

Jeff Libby also won the Bandits heat tonight.  “Tonight was our night,” he said.

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Jeff Libby and daughter Karmann with the trophy
The finish of the Bandits feature
Jeff Libby takes the checkered flag in the Bandits heat
Luke Mowatt gets into second (behind Jeff Libby) early in the Bandits feature
Jeff Libby does a victory lap after his feature’s win
Curtis Gerry was racing tonight
Rookie Cody Macomber leaves the heat
Repairs are made and Cody gets second in the Rookies feature
Nick Wilson (53) surrounded by Alex (11) and Luke (22) Mowatt in the Bandits heat

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Chris Alfond and Betsy Suda win YH 5K

Chris Alfond
Betsy Suda

(Newburyport MA) The Yankee Homecoming 5K was back Tuesday night and the weather was fabulous.

The runners are on their way in the 61st edition of the YH 5K

After Covid-19 turned the popular event to virtual last year, the sixty-first edition was highly anticipated.

The 5K is usually combined with a ten-mile race but time constraints did that race in.

Ruben Sanca before the race

That fact put everyone who wanted a Tuesday night of racing through scenic downtown Newburyport into the 5K.  And there were 1437 participants.

Highly successful, long-distance runner Ruben Sanca announced days prior to the race that he would be in the 5K and hoped to break the course record (14:37).  Matthew Ely set the record back in 1999.

But as it turned out tonight, Ruben not only didn’t set the record, but he also didn’t even win.

The winner was Chris Alfond who finished at 14:38. 

Where was Ruben?

“I’ve been pretty sick the last couple of days,” he explained afterwards.  “I was tested Saturday and it wasn’t Covid, but I missed running three of the last four days.”

Ruben, who ran for Cape Verde in the 2012 London Olympics in the 5000 meters, took second but trailed Chris by over forty seconds.

Ruben Sanca settles for second

“I had trouble even from Mile One breathing,” said Ruben, “I was really congested.”

“I didn’t try to keep up with the winner after he opened up a gap,” added Ruben.  “If I had done that I wasn’t going to be able to finish.  I just tried to maintain position after 1 ½ miles since I was already in the top three.”

It makes you wonder what we would have seen if Chris and a healthy Ruben had gone head-to-head Tuesday night.  I’m guessing that the 5K record would have belonged to someone else other than Matthew Ely after the race.

Betsy Suda won the female side of the race for the third time.  Last two times were in 2009 and 2010.  Betsy was second in 2019.

“I wasn’t near my best time,” said Betsy.  “I just wanted to compete and do my best.  I feel like I did that.”

“There was another woman (Olivia Sheffield) who was pretty close,” added Betsy.  “I always try to picture someone close.”

Olivia finished at 19:12 which was twenty seconds after Betsy.

Waiting for the race to start on a beautiful night

The weather (76 degrees) was perfect at the 6PM start.  I’ve covered this race many times and often in the past the heat has been an issue.  Not tonight.

Ben Pare (3rd)
Tim Poitras (4th)

Chris Alfond (23 years old) said afterwards that he was aware that Ruben was in the race and was intent on setting a new record.  Chris thought that they could work together to accomplish it.  But not tonight.

Betsy Suda lives in Gainesville (FL) but comes north in the summer.  Can’t blame her on that one!  “When I’m in Florida I run with a group of women out of the University of Florida,” said Betsy.

Betsy is thirty-nine and said that she has run this race every year since she was thirteen.  “This race was a lot of fun,” she said, “it’s nice to be here.”

“It was good to see everyone back for Homecoming,” added Ruben.

Ruben probably shouldn’t have run the race.  “This race is so local (he lives in Salisbury) that I wanted to take part in it,” he said.

Joseph Walsh (5th)
Cody Moran (6th)

Plenty of folks watched in downtown around Market Square.  “The crowd was great downtown,” said Betsy.  “It may not have been as big as other years, but it was definitely as loud.”

My attention was caught with the common thread among eight of the top nine men finishers. 

With the exception of Steve Dowsett (8th), every other runner is connected to the UMass Lowell River Hawks.  Every one of them!

They didn’t all attend UMass Lowell at the same time, but Chris Alfond wasn’t kidding when he told the NDN, “I brought a bunch of my UMass Lowell teammates with me so we could have a good time together.”

Chris is a graduate student while Ruben graduated in 2010.

The others with UMass Lowell connections: Ben Pare (3rd), Tim Poitras (4th), Joseph Walsh (5th), Cody Moran (6th), Justin Carbine (7th), and Liam Kimball (9th).

Crowd starts to gather for the start of the race

And now you know, as Paul Harvey used to say, the rest of the story!

Runners came in a wide variety of age groups and training levels.  They seemed to be enjoying themselves.

I have great admiration for those who push baby carriages the entire length.  However, with the recently paved road on High Street in front of Newburyport High School, it may not have been quite as difficult as in previous years.

A great source for the results is “ATH.LINKS”

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Justin Carbine (7th)
Liam Kimball (9th)
Steve Dowsett (8th)
Cody Moran, Ruben Sanca, Steve Dowsett
Waiting in front of Newburyport High School
Dave Sawyer (Wenham) warms up
Jonathan and dad Jason Everett of Amesbury before race
Meghan Myrbeck of Merrimac
Hannah Rafferty (401 – Newburyport) and Ava Herrera (444 – Rowley)
Michael O’Connor (592 – Newburyport), Pamela Kipp (1417 – Newburyport), Ethan Jason (142 – Newburyport)
Bradley Bauer (571), Evan O’Brien (1232 – Newburyport), Antonio Espinola (439 – Dracut)
Winner Chris Alfond makes the final turn

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