Falmouth Road Race Finishes Strong

FALMOUTH – The Falmouth Road Race concluded yesterday with American Leonard Korir winning the men’s race with an unofficial time of 32:09 and Kenyan Sharon Lokedi winning the women’s race with an unofficial time of 36:29.

Second place winners were Stephen Sambu and Sara Hall, and third place winners were Edward Cheserek and Margaret Wangari, for the men’s and women’s races respectively.

Wheelchair division winners include Daniel Romanchuck and Tatyana McFadden.

“I think it was great,” said Scott Ghelfi, current board member of the Falmouth Road Race and former race president.

“Everyone’s safe and sound. That was our number one priority.”

The buses ran smoothly getting people to the Woods Hole Community Center and there were no delays in the race, despite the 12,000 runners that were participating.

“The racing was great. Our wheelchair runners both set course records. Both repeat winners. And our men’s and women’s fields were very competitive and were exciting races. We had our first American champion [in 31 years].”

Ghelfi celebrates the achievements of the wheelchair division, a tradition that draws competitors from all over.

“This year was the 45th year of us having the wheelchair division. We had a celebration of that this year. So to see Tatyana McFadden and Daniel Romanchuck both break course records with former champions Candace Cable, Anne Thompson and Craig Blanchet on hand to witness that was pretty exciting. We take pride in having that wheelchair event.”

Romanchuck broke his previous record by over a minute and McFadden broke hers by about 40 seconds.

“It’s just so cool to have such world-class athletes here in Falmouth,” said Ghelfi.

In managing the racing events, heat and humidity can be a significant challenge for runners and staff alike.

Ghelfi celebrates the medical team of the race for keeping the event safe.

“When we can safely run eleven to twelve-thousand runners as safely as we did on a hot humid day. It just shows how special that whole program is and how well we’re doing it, and those guys and the whole medical team deserve a great amount of credit,” finished Ghelfi.

This was the first Falmouth Road Race without its founder, Tommy Leonard, who passed away earlier this year at 85.

About Grady Culhane

Grady Culhane is a Cape Cod native from Eastham. He studied media communications at Cape Cod Community College and joined the CapeCod.com News Center in 2019.

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