Monday, December 9, 2013
From staff reports
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Christina Kouros, a Cape Elizabeth resident, pushes up a hill on Shore Road while being passed by runner Micah Kogo, the overall winner.
Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer
Nuta Olaru, 40, of Romania won the women's masters title in 34:06.8.
AT THE MEDICAL TENT, Dr. Chris Troyanos noted that the highest number of runners seeking postrace medical treatment were being doused in ice baths and drinking cold water, on a morning that got hot and humid as the race wore on.
More than an hour and a half into the race, Troyanos estimated that the medical staff had treated at least 75 runners for hyperthermia, or overheating -- a number that he said is "somewhat normal" during August races.
"It's a hot-weather race," Troyanos said of the Beach to Beacon. "In conditions like these, a runner's body temperature goes up, and you don't want it to get above 104 degrees or you could have potential organ damage."
Troyanos said that there were no major medical issues among the runners, and that the medical staff, which included doctors, nurses and EMTs, treated everything from blisters to muscle strains and falls and scrapes.
"But the biggest thing we're treating is heat-related issues," Troyanos said.
THE CHIP TIME for Dave Jackiewiecz of Portland was just under an hour, 59:50. His gun time was considerably slower, which meant it took him more than eight minutes to cross the starting line after the opening air horn.
There was a reason for that. He ran inside a homemade lighthouse fashioned from bedsheets, wood strapping and wheels, and wanted to give people plenty of time to spread out before he began stalking them.
"I like to race in costume and make it fun for everybody," said Jackiewiecz, 30, who plans to run inside a giant beer bottle at the Portland Trails 10K Trail to Ale race in September.
"I lot of people loved it," he said. "Some people hated it because they were getting passed by a lighthouse."
Mike Galvin, 47, of Cape Elizabeth, was one such runner.
"He passed me at the four-mile mark," Galvin said with a rueful shake of his head. "I could hear him coming."
With a foghorn blast? No, Galvin said, squeaky wheels.
DOTTIE GRAY of Shrewsbury, Mo., received a warm welcome from race founder Joan Benoit Samuelson that included a photo and an embrace after Gray crossed the line for the 12th time in 14 years and earned the Johnny Kelley Award as the race's oldest finisher. She's 86.
Accompanying Gray over the final three miles was her granddaughter, Helen Gray-Bauer, 14, of Cape Elizabeth.
Gray missed one year because of a funeral and another because she was attending the National Senior Games in San Francisco. Earlier this summer she competed in the National Senior Games in Texas and ran seven events, five on the track at distances from 100 to 1,500 meters, and two on the roads, a 5K and a 10K.
Gray started running at age 54. Her time Saturday was 1:31:26.
"I played tennis for 10 years," she said. "And before that I raised six kids."
THREE CAPE ELIZABETH residents chose an alternate route from beach to beacon. Starting from the rocky beach at Trundy Point, Kathy Lualdi, Alina Perez-Smith and Gary Long swam the three miles to Ship Cove inside Fort Williams Saturday morning in about an hour and 20 minutes.
"It was absolutely gorgeous, better than any race I've every done," said Perez-Smith, 40, a veteran of open ocean swims.
Lualdi, 45, and Long, 49, both gave up running because of knee injuries. When their planned kayak escort couldn't make it to the Shore Acres neighborhood before the roads closed Saturday, the trio figured their planned passage wouldn't happen.
Emily MacDuffie, a 20-year-old junior at Swarthmore who swam for Cape Elizabeth High, overheard their lament and offered to paddle her kayak for them. They were soon joined by the Cape Elizabeth WETeam, which annually takes to the water before the race in case of an emergency call that couldn't otherwise be answered until the roads reopened.
"You can't do it without the WETeam," Lualdi said. "They kept us from getting run over (by powerboats) three times."
- Mike Lowe, Rachel Lenzi and Glenn Jordan contributed to this report.