I gotta say: it’s been a lot easier to stomach being beaten by Gary Cattarin in “Operation Run Marlborough” than it was to be beaten by that anonymous dude in the cheeseburger costume during the Boston Marathon’s final mile.
For those of you who have been following this zany side story, my separated-at-birth twin Gary finished his kooky Run Marlborough quest on Wednesday with a little Main Street fanfare. Gary’s wife, daughters, friends, members of the Highland City Striders, the local press and even Mayor Nancy Stevens were onhand to cheer him on as he nabbed his last stretch of pavement, that which falls in front of City Hall.
Mind you, this wasn’t really much of a competition. After all, Gary is one of those “real runners” and by that I mean he numbers his running sneakers and is currently working on wearing out Pair #23 (each pair lasts 400-500 miles). For every 1,000 miles I run, Gary probably runs 2,000. (In my defense–he isn’t a triathlete so all of his sweat is expended on the road, while mine is dispersed fairly evenly between pavement, pedals, and pool.)
Not only did he let me set the pace for his last hurrah (8:25–speedy for me, “social” for him), but he took a bit of a detour from our planned course so I could nab two more completes in the process–Silver Street and Fay Court 🙂
While it’s a wrap for Gary, my quest continues–as of this writing I’ve got 84 roads left to run–most of them cul-de-sacs or crazy-big hills. Oh yeah–we both have two spits of pavement left un-run: Route 495 and 290. Still working on getting permission for those runs 🙂
Here is coverage from both the local paper and the local TV station re: Gary’s final foray–well done, Mr. Cattarin and inquiring minds want to know: where did you run yesterday? 😉
First, here’s the WMCT-TV coverage of Gary’s finish 🙂
And now for the print version of the story…from the MetroWest Daily News 🙂
All roads lead to the finish line:
Runner realizes goal of tackling every street in city
By Paul Crocetti/Daily News staff
MetroWest Daily News
Posted May 26, 2011 @ 12:00 AM
MARLBOROUGH —Gary Cattarin completed a 208.5-mile run yesterday, and he did it without leaving town.