Familiar race donates to a new cause

Nov 9, 2019

MATTAPOISETT — The 10 mile and 5K race has been a fixture on Veterans Day weekend, with a portion of the earnings going to the tri-town veterans fund. But the Nov. 9 version of the race also contributed to Buzzards Bay Habitat for Humanity for the first time. 

Mattapoisett’s Geoff Smith, an Olympian and two time Boston Marathon winner who organizes the race, said that the group approached him after they started their first home build in Mattapoisett. That project broke ground in August, but was delayed in starting construction and is about to start the dig for the house. 

“It’s a great way to get the word out,” said Julie Tomasso, who serves as the organization’s treasurer. 

“Buzzards Bay Area Habitat for Humanity is very excited to be partnering with the Mattapoisett race.  We are grateful to have the opportunity to raise awareness about our first Mattapoisett Habitat home build,” said Christine Lacourse, the organization’s director. 

Smith said the race went “really well. We had some good times,” but admitted that it is “hard this time of year. It was a beautiful day, but a cold day. We always seem to get the coldest day in fall. 

The organizer said that registration numbers were roughly what they were last year. 

In the 5K race, Corey Hebert came in first with a time of 18:06, Rochester’s Michael Griffin came second, and Kiefer Calisto came third. The woman’s race also had a second place finisher from Rochester, with Amy Kvilhaug taking first in 20:41, Linda Griffin coming in second, and Kaye Dandrea coming in third. 

Sonya and Rob Twyman of Marion also placed in their respective age categories in the 5K. 

For the ten miler, Larry Aller placed first with a time of 1:03:54, Andrew Venus came in second, and Fernando Silviera placed third. In the women’s division Alison Gallerani came in first with a time of 1:15:26, Mattapoisett’s Aline Graves came in second, and Lee Kaukas (also of Mattapoisett) came in third.