Local runners compete in Falmouth Road Race
Local sports celebrity Brent Hawkins, lower left, with some of the members of his entourage during the Falmouth Road Race on Sunday. Below, Litchfield Track Club runner Josh Mangini heads for the finish line. Dave Driscoll photos
Litchfield Track Club runner Josh Mangini, who launched his running career at age 8 at the USATF National Championships in Birmingham, Ala., added another star to his running resume at age 13.
Mangini finished first overall in the 14 and under division at the 44th annual Falmouth Road Race on Cape Cod on Sunday.
On a hot, humid morning, Mangini placed 127th overall out of 10,777 finishers in the 7-miler. In his division , he easily won by four minutes over his next rival in a field of 153 runners.
Mangini rolled through the first 5k of the course in 18:51 and split the 10k at 38:22 in finishing in 43:13.
The race started at Woods Hole and ran along the bay to the finish line at Falmouth Heights.
Next LTC finisher was Shadow Periera. Running in his second Falmouth race, he placed 451st overall and 26th out of 255 finishers in the 15-18 division.
The Wright brothers, Pink and Robin, also competed in the 14 and under division. Pink, a 3-time winner of the Litchfield Hills Road Race 11 and under, placed 1267th overall. He was the second 10 year old to finish. His brother, Robin, placed 3,900th and was 56th in the division.
For Litchfield residents, Matt Andrulis Mette , running in the male 50-59 division, placed 213th out of a field of 952 finishers, while Tammy Grella came in 52nd out of 1,373 in the female 40-49 division. Berta Andrulis Mette placed 130th out of 784 runners in the female 50-59 division and her brother, Bill, ran 807th out of 952 male runners in the same age group.
Local sports celebrities Brent Hawkins and Billy Neller, renowned figures on the New England road racing circuit, graced Falmouth during the race.
Runners filled the streets of Falmouth.
Mike and Sue Smith of Litchfield walked the race.
Race director Dave McGillivray with Litchfield Track Club runners, from left, Robin Wright, Pink Wright and Josh Mangini.
Matt Andrulis Mette chugs across the finish line.
Pink Wright hits the finish line.
Robin Wright after finishing.
Shadow Periera finishes.
Litchfield Track Club coach Dave Driscoll with, from left, Shadow Periera, Joshn Mangini, Pink Wright and Robin Wright.