First the Cheeseburger Dude, Now Gary


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.

Cattarin ran more than 600 roads – all in Marlborough – as part of his five-month quest to run every stretch of pavement in his hometown. He reached the end yesterday alongside Christine Johansen, another Marlborough resident who, originally unbeknownst to each other, has taken on the same goal. She’s nearly 90 percent of the way around town.
Cattarin, 48, intentionally left a stretch of Main Street near City Hall for last. He and Johansen, 40, met up a mile before the end, and the two runners finished in front of a crowd that included relatives and Mayor Nancy Stevens.
Their adventure had them exploring strange new worlds and boldly going where (almost) no one had gone before. “We’re finding places or going places you would never go to” because they are tucked away inside the city, Cattarin said. “It’s just been fun.”
Johansen said one of her favorite discoveries was a life-size fiberglass bull on the lawn outside a house on Second Road.
Marlboro Airport owner Bob Stetson let them run the runway.
Marlborough has its share of tough patches. Cattarin said the city does a good job cleaning up potholes, but the runners could not escape the hills and cul-de-sacs. “This town is made up of them,” said Johansen, who is not looking forward to taking on the incline of Mount Pleasant Street.
Both runners said they had times when they went to a neighborhood, ran it, and then rechecked their maps only to find they had missed roads and had to go back to finish.
Cattarin sometimes found it more difficult as he stuck to a rule he made for himself to start every run from his house. He started Jan. 1 and has hit new streets ever time since, taking 80 different routes in all.
He has wanted to run 2,000 miles in a single year but decided tackling Marlborough was more feasible.
Johansen, in preparation for her first shot at the Boston Marathon, said she was getting stressed about her goal time and needed something to loosen her up. She started running Marlborough in January, too.
Both runners, who hadn’t met before April, completed the Boston Marathon last month.
Now Cattarin is left to wonder: Where does he run today?

About garmin_girl

I'm a 40-something single mother of three--two great human girls and one four-legged Dalmatian banshee--who is hellbent on swimming, biking and running straight through my midlife crisis. Care to tag along? Crazy loves company! ;)
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