Getting fit in Falmouth

Falmouth Road Race

WOODS HOLE, Mass. - U.S. Coast Guard Station Woods Hole crewmember Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Rantuccio runs in the 2011 New Balance Falmouth Road Race in Falmouth, Mass., Aug. 14, 2011. Thirty-three Coast Guard members ran in the nearly 11,000 person, seven-mile race. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Simpson.

written by PA2 Ayla Kelley

Every year Falmouth, Mass. hosts the annual New Balance Falmouth Road Race with more than 11,000 runners participating. This year 33 of those people running are Coast Guard men and women from various Coast Guard units in Massachusetts. Chief Petty Officer John Harker from the Coast Guard Aids to Navigation unit in Woods Hole, Mass., coordinated with the race director to allow for more Coast Guard members to partake in the race this year, which is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

For many of the Coast Guard members this is their first time running the seven mile race that starts on Water Street in Woods Hole and finishes at the beach in Falmouth Heights. Petty Officer 3rd Class Craig Harris from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, said to train for the race he had been running the course every day for the last five months.

“I’ve been a spectator before so I wanted to do it,” said Harris.

Some members like Senior Chief Petty officer John Hughes from the Health, Safety and Work-Life Field Office in Boston are retuning for their third time in the race. Hughes said the first time he ran he did it for fun. What brings him back is the beautiful course and the camaraderie of running with family, friends and fellow Coast Guard members.

Another third-time racer is Petty Officer 1st Class Alexis Agaman from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod. A previous time for her was one hour and 15 minutes, to which she said one of the hardest parts of the race is finding her own pace. For her, one of the best parts comes at the end past mile six saying “the crowd is even bigger and cheering you on.”

These members did not sign up for the race with any notions of winning, but to do something fun, healthy and to participate in an event with other members of their service and the local community.

FALMOUTH, Mass. - Thirty-three Coast Guard men and women participate in the New Balance Falmouth Road Race in Woods Hole, Mass. Aug. 14, 2011. Members were from Coast Guard Sector Southern New England and Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod. U.S Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ayla Kelley.