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Road Race Rocks Again

Renée Thiboutot '12

November 14, 2011

On Saturday November 5, B.M.C. Durfee High School held the second annual Women That Rock 5K Road Race to benefit The Women's Center of Fall River.

With a total of 197 runners, shirts and numbers were distributed and same day registrations were completed during the early morning hours. The Durfee cheerleaders were selling raffle tickets, along with baked goods for a last minute breakfast before the race began. There were also complementary breakfast foods and water provided to all registered runners.

The race started at 10:00 a.m. and was a  3.1 mile course that began on Elsbree Street in front of the Durfee campus, continued towards Valentine Street, then ended on the Durfee track.

As the race concluded and all 197 runners crossed the finish line, medals were awarded to the top three male and females in each category. The categories included youth 1-18, open 19-29, master 30-39, master 40-49, senior 50-59, and veteran 60-99 for both genders. Trophies were also awarded to the top three overall runners.

Participants begin race on Elsbree Street.
--Hilltop file photo
Rene Cincchinelli of Bristol, Rhode Island, was first in the female category with a time of 18:53, followed by Judi St. Hilaire with 19:35, and Madalena Boudreau with 20:54.

First place in the male overall category was Daniel Croteau, of Acushnet, who was also first in the entire race, with a time of 16:47. Second place for the male category was presented to Scott Anderson with a time of 16:50 and third place went to Steve Bowsett, who ran a time of 16:56. 

“We started this race last year, and each year the cause is different and being for a women's center, I'm always willing to support anything for a female,” joked St. Hilaire. 

Hilaire is an active volunteer with this event year after year, not only with the race but with the Women That Rock Concert, which took place in the Durfee Nagle Auditorium later in the evening..

Several Durfee students and staff volunteered at the event. Students passed out shirts, helped with registration, held mile markers, handed the runners water during the race, and even took down numbers as each participant crossed the finish line.

Durfee students also ran in the race, including freshman Courtney Cabral, who won first place in the youth 1-18 category with a time of 22:47. “It makes you feel better about yourself because you're not just doing it for you,” said Cabral.

Trophies and medal were awarded by race coordinator and senior Vice Principal Melissa Fogarty. “I feel it went well, if not better; we definitely tweaked some things but it was an overall success,” said Fogarty. 

Proceeds from the race went to The Women's Center on Bedford Street.