Tag: Cape Cod Marathon

Moulton’s Overcome Adversity, Take the Cape

By Jim Dandeneau

On 10/27/2013, Pat and Katie Moulton of Providence won the men’s and women’s titles in the 36th running of the Cape Cod Marathon. Pat, 31, a Providence College graduate, running in his first Cape race, took the lead just after the 18 mile mark from Kyle Sousa, 27, to claim the title in 2:35:59. Katie, 30, also a Providence College graduate, running in just her second marathon, finished in 2:55:48.

For the two of them, who recently celebrated their first wedding anniversary, victory did not come easy. On June 9, while warming down after finishing 2nd overall in New Bedford’s “Day of Portugal” 5K road race, Pat tripped on a sidewalk and fell on his side. Shortly thereafter, he became dizzy and fainted. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital and diagnosed with a lacerated spleen along with a fractured rib.

Moulton_Patrick1-Providence11After spending three days in-patient he was released. However, Pat was warned by his treating physician of the potential for internal bleeding. Unable to run for eight weeks, it was a difficult time for the manager of Providence’s Rhode Runner retail running store. Upon resuming training in August, he gradually built his mileage up but noticed frequent side stitches, rarely felt prior to the accident. It was something he encountered in last Sunday’s 26.2 event which, despite taking the lead hindered him in the last 6 miles or so of the Cape event.

The owner of a 2:15:35 (Austin 2006) in his first completed marathon stated “I really did not have time to fully prepare for this race. I only did a few long runs and a few tempo runs. I figured I would try to be competitive and see how I felt. I only decided to enter after running the September 29th Providence Rock and Roll Half Marathon. I’ve run the Hartford Marathon the last several years however I thought it was still too early. I needed those additional weeks.”

[Editor's note: Pat ran a 1:11:03 and came in second at the aforementioned Providence half marathon.]

After hitting halfway in 1:15:08 Moulton found himself down 30 seconds to Souza. “I was not sure who he was or if he had ever run a marathon before. I knew there was a long way to go, the last several miles of the course are hilly.” Despite slowing, Moulton was able to cruise to victory, winning by 4:33 over the second place finisher, Jean-Pierre Allera, 24, of South Park, PA, who believe it or not, had won the Cape Cod 1/2 marathon the day prior, and in record time.

While Pat, a Pelham, NH native, states his 2014 goals are “to build a strong base again and get back into the low 2:20’s” he remains uncommitted on whether to make an attack on the challenging 2:19 “B” standard barrier. “I really love to run, however I really need to be cautious after what happened. I’d love to get back to doing what I was doing a few years ago.”

For Katie, (nee Twarog) an Albany, NY native, the Cape course posed its own challenge. Primarily a 5K-10K specialist, the winner of the 2013 Cox Marathon developed four severely bruised toenails. “The course really took a toll on me; the second half was really hilly…it was another learning experience. I’m sure I’ll figure it (the marathon) out”. Having ramped up her training from a typical 40-50 miles a week to “4-6 weeks of 70 plus miles” the smooth striding running coach/personal trainer felt she didn’t get the taper just right. “I probably should have backed off of my training leading into the race a bit more. These first few marathons are all about gaining experience.”

The self-coached Moulton will take some time and then decide her plans for the possibility of a Spring Marathon: ”The 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon B standard (2:43:00 or under) is definitely something I’ll be striving for.”

With amazing tenacity and passion for the sport of running, expect the Moultons, after healing, to be a force on the marathon scene.

Ain’t No Rest For the Wicked

It was just another Tuesday of #KeepingItOnTheLevel when an update from the GBTC popped into my newsfeed:

Is that for real? I can’t even comprehending pulling off a triple like that. This deserves some more attention, so here’s a Q&A with the beast himself, Sam Jurek:

Let’s recap:

10/14: Mount Desert Island Marathon - 2:38:59
10/28: Cape Cod Marathon - 2:37:37
11/3: Stone Cat 50 Mile Trail Race - 6:13:14

And you broke the previous Stone Cat course record by over 10 minutes, correct? On top of all the other “shorter” marathons? Really?

I have to start by thanking you for showing interest in my recent string of events. Having the support of the running community makes the training and the racing efforts that much more enjoyable and worthwhile.

You have all the information correct; 20 days, three races, fortunately capped off by a PR/CR at Stone Cat. Ben Nephew set the previous course record in 2010 at 6:24; this year there were three of us who dipped under that mark - thanks to ideal weather and dry terrain.

Okay, so…why? How many marathons/ultras do you typically do a year?

Why, you ask? That’s a simple, yet incredibly tough question to answer. In short, I love the sport. I don’t do it to lose weight, impress others, or compete, I do it because it’s enjoyable. Getting on the trails is a different aspect, just as the indoor track and cross country seasons have their own unique vibe. I’m not a creature of habit - I don’t think - so changing race distances and training regimens makes the sport interesting and keeps me from getting in a rut. I average 4-5 marathons a year along with 4-5 ultras; as of today, that means 50-kilometer and 50-mile races. Hopefully next year will afford me enough fitness to attempt a 100K and a 100-miler.

Was this something you’ve done before (and would do again), or was it a new experience (doing so many so close together)?

In the buildup to a 50-mile race, I like to run double long runs over the weekends. Two 20-milers is typical, with my peak training weekend including a 20-miler and a marathon. Until this past month, I never raced anything close to over 100 miles in a 20-day period. I was nervous thinking about it and training for it, but October came quick, and despite the less-than-ideal weather at MDI and Cape Cod, I think the races went well. I always have lofty goals, so coming into MDI I thought 2:30 was within reach. After finishing I realized I don’t have that speed in my legs right now, but sneaking under 2:40 twice within a couple weeks was still a huge confidence builder leading into Stone Cat.

What is the distance you’re training to race for?

I’ve always wanted to run sub-2:30 for the marathon, but I didn’t look at any of the three races as being the “goal” race; having a solid effort whenever toeing the line is typically all I concern myself with.

What did you do in between races? Rest seems like it’d make sense, then three weeks of rest with three big races mixed in might be hard to do.

After MDI I took a single day off, then resumed training. I only ran easy mileage between the marathons with two short speed workouts to keep goal race pace fresh in the mind, though I did still log over 75 miles the week following MDI. After Cape Cod I was pretty spent and could only think about the Stone Cat 50 being 6 days away. I took three of the next five days off, made sure to eat and sleep well, and simply hoped for the best.

What was your peak weekly mileage heading into these races?

Throughout the year I’m not able to sustain high mileage, relatively speaking. I might get 5 weeks a year in around 100 miles, but likely average 60-70 miles/week. I tend to find weaknesses often within myself, so cross- and strength-training have become a large part of my weekly routine.

What’s your marathon PR?

The past three years have been a long lull as far as my running is concerned. I ran my marathon PR in January 2009 at Disney World; 2:34:25 (I think), then didn’t touch sub-2:40 again until MDI this year. It’s good to be back in this range, but 6:13 was my 50-mile PR by 21 minutes, so at least one race distance is improving.

In the two marathons, were you just running those as workouts gearing up for the 50 miler? Your times are so close for those two races that upon first glance it made me think you might’ve just done them for pace work (real serious pace work!).

Haha…the marathons were looked at as more of confidence builders than anything. Since 2009, I haven’t raced frequently until this past summer, so they were needed more for a mental edge than a workout. It was a fluke that they were nearly identical in pace. I blew up in both races, opening up the first half of each in 1:17 and, well, you can do the math from there. I shouldn’t be as disappointed as I am, but as I’m sure you can tell with my redundancy, I really think 2:29 is possible for me, and I want it.

Was the plan to go for the course record in the 50 miler? or were you surprised to find that you felt good and went for it?

I run a lot of miles with Josh Katzman. He’s a popular ultra guy in the New England area and won Stone Cat last year. I picked him up around 4:30am the morning of the race and we chatted about strategy and possibly shooting for the CR. We decided to not be as ambitious as we were in 2011 when we ran the first 25 miles in 2:56. We practically failed in holding ourselves back and ran the first half of this year’s race in 2:59. I thought we would blow up again, but luckily held on for a solid second-half effort in 3:14 for me and 3:19 for him. I really believe that fueling and hydrating well is what keeps you in the game during an ultra; that came together for me at this race and fortunately paid off.

Again, simply incredible. A couple of quick take aways from this:

1.) Sam typically averages 60-70 mi/wk, but in the week following MDI he still logged 75 miles (on six days) when he was only at the beginning of the grueling 20 day stretch.

2.) His emphasis on strength- and cross-training can’t be overlooked. That could be the reason why he recovers so quickly in between races. If you’re not recovering very quickly after a marathon, cross-training could be one area of your training to investigate.

3.) “I do it because it’s enjoyable.” If you really love what you’re doing and are all-in, it’s amazing what you can do.

This interview is a companion piece to the article ‘Pushing the Limits’ in the Nov/Dec issue of Level Renner.

Note: Photo is courtesy of GBTC.

Whirlaway Sports Presents: Cape Cod Marathon Highlights & Interviews

Hopefully this finds most of Level Legion in undamaged homes (with the power still on!). As many of you have read on our site already, we were down in Falmouth yesterday to cover the Cape Cod Marathon. Conditions weren’t ideal but that just made the accomplished goals that much sweeter.

Since the race is so long, we ended up with a ton of footage. We did our best to whittle it down to somewhat quick videos, but still featuring as much of the race and the Legion as possible.

For starters, here is the race from the perspective of the hardest working, lowest budget crew out there:


Courtney Bird, in his last year as race director, was cool enough to let us loiter by the finish line and capture all the end-of-race excitement. Winner Eric Ashe (2:26:13) strolled on by and we were able to get away from the noise enough to get an interview:


We couldn’t seem to track down the women’s winner Kate Pallardy (2:52:29), but she wasn’t fast enough to completely avoid our cameras:

Kate, three miles in.

Fortunately we did get a hold of Helen Dinan (2:59:14) for a quick interview. Helen was 49th overall, the 2nd woman AND the first USATF-NE woman. That victory was enough to move her into a tie with Lindsay Willard for the lead in the final series standings. Also, in an attempt to find a quiet area to conduct the interview, we inadvertently ended up in front of a completely green bulletin board. You can probably imagine what happened next…fun with green screen!


Finally, we have to acknowledge Sarah Prescott’s Cal Ripken-like run in the GPS series. Thirteen years…wow.


If you haven’t seen them yet, be sure to check out Kev Balance’s recap of yesterday’s action and also Jessie Regnier’s kick heard round the world.

The road racing Grand Prix may be done for 2012, but start thinking about 2013 already (especially all you race directors out there). If you want your race to be part of the excitement, get your bids together and send them in!

There’s always the cross country Grand Prix circuit too (see you in Westfield on November 18th)!

Lastly, we need to thank Dave Kazanjian and Whirlaway Sports for sponsoring our material, shuttling us around the marathon course, and also for trusting in our creativity and judgement in how we presented it. Dave’s a good sport (and so is Sarah too), and we had fun throughout the process.


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Cape Cod Marathon: Video Sneak Peek

Since time is tight and the Frankenstorm of the Century may destroy the internet forever tomorrow, we had to release a sampling of our Cape Cod Marathon video coverage. This one’s all Jesse Regnier:


That’s how you close out a race! More to come, keep checking back here.


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Cape Cod Marathon Mini Synopsis

When we  arrived at the starting line in Falmouth, the weather was pleasant enough but a sense of foreboding filled the air.  The sky was overcast and a slight wind blew over the course.  Well, over the next 3+ hours, the sky remained the same but the temperature dropped while the winds picked up… And I mean the winds really got stronger, and the longer you were out there the worse they became.

The course was unrelenting as we saw many positive splits and many accomplished runners drop out of the race altogether.  Many admitted post race that they too would’ve DNF’ed if the race wasn’t the USATF-NE Team Championship.  We certainly noticed the toll the hills took on the hamstrings too.  Two separate Whirlaway runners cramped up so badly in the last mile that they had to run/walk to the finish.  Some even stopped to stretch in a desperate attempt to loosen up the legs.  One such runner was Scott McGrath.  Even though he stopped three times in the last 2 miles (cramping), he still posted up a 16 minute PR.  Yes, 16 minutes; that’ s not a typo.

Winner Eric Ashe just after 35k

Despite the weather and the non-PR course (hills: short and steep both up and down), many area runners still posted exceptional performances as is to be expected in an USATF-NE Championship race.  A lead pack of Eric Ashe, Brandon Newbould, and Ben Mears quickly established themselves out front and gapped the field.  The trio ran together through 13.1 then Ashe made his move and cruised to victory in his debut marathon.  Ashe must be a bit sadistic as he 1) smiled during most of the race 2) shouted at us during the race, and 3) picked Cape Cod as his debut marathon.  He ran 2:26.18 (5:30 pace).

Reno Stirrat leads a pack that features 2nd place woman Helen Dinan.

The Women’s winner came across state from New York.  Kate Pallardy led wire to wire and never once did we see a crack in her armor.  She ran smoothly and seemed to be very much in control of the race.  She ran with a pack of men that included the likes of Robert Cipriano.  In fact, she tucked herself into the group of beaus so tightly that we couldn’t get any still shots of her.  Sorry Kate.  Slow down next time so we can get a good photo of you.  She ran 2:52.28 (high 6:30s).  Coming in 2nd (and pictured above) was Helen Dinan.  Dinan ran in the 2nd place position for almost the entire race.  She too ran in a pack and gutted out a great race in less than ideal conditions.

Below are some unofficial results.  Official results will be posted on the Cape Cod Marathon website.  Stay tuned as we will have lots more coverage coming your way Level Legion.

1st page of the results . Photo by Reno Stirrat.

Men’s Open
Eric Ashe 2.26.12  5.30
Brandon Newbould  2.28.18 5.40
Scott Leslie 2.31.00  5.46
Andrew Van Hoogenstyn 2.31.09
Ben Mears 2.36.05

Women’s Open
Kate Pallardy 2.52.28
Helen Dinan  2.59.14
(we will have much more women’s coverage as official results become available)

Men’s Masters
Richard Burke  2.32.19  5.49
Joseph Koech  2.48.28
Brian Ruhm  2.43.56
Mark Gibson 2.44.29
Joe O’Leary  2.46.00

Men’s 50-59
Martin Tighe  2.43.00   6.13
Robert Cipriano  2.47.31
Jeff Silveira  2.52.29
Ephriam Ezekial  2.54.56
Reno Stirrat  2.58.56

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