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November 29, 2013

Top racers know their place in Feaster Five


It was the last race of Joan Benoit’s season, and she said wouldn’t want to end her season at another race.

“I am in awe of this event and how great the crowds are,” said Benoit, who went back to Maine for Thanksgiving immediately after the race.

Benoit, 56, doesn’t take the event lightly in terms of competition. She was hoping to win the women’s Masters Division, which she did, in 32:55.


Hoyts a Feaster Five mainstay

The Dick and Ricky Hoyt team, aptly named “Team Hoyt,” again were rock stars at the Feaster Five.

The duo have been coming to the race for nearly two decades.

“This is awesome,” said Dick, who pushed his son Ricky for 5 miles. “It was cold, but Ricky never complained.”

If you’d like to buy a signed copy of their book, “One Letter at a Time,” as told by Ricky, go to www.teamhoyt.com.

“I will sign and write whatever they want,” Dick, after the race.


State police, dogs search area before race

As a precaution, state police and dogs were seen combing around the startling line and finish line of the Feaster Five, apparently as a precaution after what happened near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street.

We can expect this at most events at which large crowds are in attendance.


Fighting asthma ... and winning

Three years ago, Mary Young of Wilmington, Mass., was diagnosed with asthma in her mid-50s.

She decided to confront it head-on ... and took up running, adhering to the “Couch Potato to 5K” running program (www.http://fromcouchpotatoto5k.com).

Yesterday was her second Feaster Five, which probably was the reason she raised her hands in triumph after crossing the finish line.

“It took me a year to walk 30 minutes,” said Mrs. Young, who ran yesterday race with her husband, Bob. “This is a big deal for me.”

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