Mattapoisett man takes third in annual road race

By Tanner Harding | Jul 04, 2017
Photo by: Tanner Harding Runners take off in front of Shipyard Park.

Mattapoisett — Hundreds gathered in Mattapoisett Village early on Independence Day to either run in the annual July 4 Road Race or cheer runners on.

Conditions were ideal, with sunshine, a slight breeze and temperatures in the low-to-mid 70s.

"The weather is way better than last year," Race Director Bill Tilden said to the crowd, referencing the extreme heat at the 2016 race.

Taylor Days-Merrill, of Fairhaven, won the five-mile race with a time of 26:30, Dartmouth resident Michael Vaz placed second with a time of 26:47 and Mattapoisett resident Charles Berg rounded out the top three with a time of 26:58.

The top female finisher was Madeline Mondo, from Marlborough, with a time of 30:24.

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Five miles was no problem for this pup! (Photo by: Tanner Harding)
Taylor Days-Merill won the race with a time of 26:30. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)
Mattapoisett runner Charles Berg took third place. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)
Madeline Mondo was the top female finisher. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)
A trio runs past supportive neighbors who were playing the theme from Rocky to inspire runners. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)
A man runs in military gear. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)
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