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Falmouth Varsity Girls Soccer Team Mentors Young Runners in Main Street Mile

September 10, 2013

Record turnout ran iconic distance in Falmouth last Sunday

By The Enterprise staff

A record number of runners participated in this year’s Main Street Mile, a family-oriented race sponsored by the Falmouth Track Club that starts on the Falmouth Village Green and ends at the Ellen T. Mitchell Bath House on Surf Drive, a distance of exactly one Mile. A total of 299 people ran in last Sunday’s race, the largest number ever.

The record turnout was due in large part to the Falmouth girls’ varsity and JV soccer teams, who ran the race as a fundraiser. Each athlete paired themselves with a younger child between the ages of 6 and 12 ages and mentored them to the finish line. The group totaled 56 runners.

Kelly E. Ferreira, 16, the goalie for the girls’ varsity team, ran with her two younger cousins, Bethany M. Sawyer, 8, and Lincoln N. Sawyer, 6, also of Falmouth. Kelly held her cousins’ hands as the runners migrated toward the starting line. “I’ve got you, bud,” she said to Lincoln as the crowd jostled together. When asked if he thought he could finish the one Mile race, Lincoln responded indignantly: “I’ve ran six [miles before]!” Kelly added, “We’re gonna try to beat their parents.”

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