Good practice, great weather at Frosty Runner race

By Andrea Ray | Jan 27, 2018
Photo by: Andrea Ray Holey smokes Batman! One runner sports the bat signal during Old Colony's annual Frosty Runner Road Race on January 27.

Rochester — The race might be called the Frosty Runner Road Race, but those participating on January 27 didn't feel the cold.

In fact, the runners (over 150 of them), were greeted by a warm and sunny day at Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School, with temperatures in the 40s at 10 a.m.

"It's the perfect weather. It could be raining, it could be snowing, it could be freezing, but it's not," marveled Helle Valenzano of Bourne. She and and Jodi-Ann Surrey-Smith. Valenzano, of Raynham, ran in the 10.5-mile run as a prep race for the Martha's Vineyard Marathon in May.

The race offered a 10.5-mile run, a 5K run, and a 5K walk. Money raised from registrations helps to fund projects and needs of Old Colony's cross-country team, as well as the school's National Honor Society. Members of both school groups were on hand as volunteers during the race.

A large number of runners, including several members of Old Colony's cross-country team, gathered at the start lines. Although the cross-country team is confined to the fall season, most of its members stay in shape with other sports and run local 5ks and half-marathons to keep up with training.

Old Rochester Regional High School's G.R.I.T running club also joined the running party, mostly sporting neon yellow coloring. The students, teachers and volunteer mentors are ultimately training for the 26.2-mile Providence Marathon in May. The team took photos as they ran, as several teachers and fans cheered them on along the way.

While the majority of the other runners were based in the tri-town and surrounding area, others hailed from places like Stoughton, West Roxbury, Falmouth, Boxford, Worcester, as well as from Little Compton and Providence, RI.

In the 5K division, Nathan Britto of New Bedford placed first with a time of 17:44, followed by Christopher Vigeant of Fairhaven, second in 17:53. Jack Pereira of New Bedford took third in 18:14.

The overall winner of the 10.5 mile run was Michael Norton of East Falmouth, in a time of 1:07:52. Norton, who also won the 10.5-mile division last year, bettered his 2017 time of 1:08:55.

Behind him, Janytzabell Rodriguez-Ramos of New Bedford took second place overall in a time of 1:12:16. David Hawkins of Dartmouth ran third in 1:12:31.

Rodriguez-Ramos was the top placing woman and scored a race record in the process, beating out the female record of 1:12:51 set by Rebecca Cotugno of North Dartmouth last year. Jennifer Rushton of New Bedford was second with 1:22:17 while Jennifer Haskell of East Freetown took third in 1:22:38.

The full results are at www.jbrace.com/results.htm.

Kathy Peterson of Rochester waves as Erin Murray of Lakeville gives a student volunteer a high-five. (Photo by: Andrea Ray)
Old Colony cross-country coach (and Frosty Runner Road Race founder) Bethany Botelho gives runners the signal to go. (Photo by: Andrea Ray)
Hopefully Maria Yarnall (#173) and Margaret Song (#67) of Pocasset, didn't melt; they dressed up as snowmen for the big race. (Photo by: Andrea Ray)
Members of Old Rochester Regional High School's Southcoast GRIT running club huddle up before the beginning of the race. (Photo by: Erin Bednarcyzk)
Old Rochester teachers Stephanie Vanasse and Jeanette Raposa, still going strong midway through the race. (Photo by: Erin Bednarcyzk)
Old Rochester teachers (and fans!) Karen Browning and Heather Kidney cheer runners on. (Photo by: Erin Bednarcyzk)
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