Hyannis 1/2 Marathon Race Report by Vicky Jasparro

Vicky Jasparro
Vicky Jasparro

On Sunday February 26, Issy Neilson, Vicky Jasparro and John Brennan braved the Cape wind gods to race the Hyannis Half Marathon. As a note for future years, it is worth getting to this race early. Traffic backs up heading into town, parking can be quite a hike from the race start and packet pickup is complete chaos.  However, if you can survive all that, the race itself is great. The course is a scenic coastal loop, mostly flat with some parts gently rolling, providing the potential for fast times.

This year the wind created some challenges – blowing in the 20mph range with gusts much higher. However the Turtles took it in their stride (it wasn’t only a headwind!) and pulled off some decent times. JB ran a solid 1.28.24 which gave him 2nd in 50-59 AG. Vicky ran a PR of 1.25.30, good enough for 4th female and 1st in the 30-39 AG. And after duking it out with Joan Benoit, Issy passed her in the final stretches to achieve a PR of 1.31.18!

Post race, Vicky, Issy and her friend Sara headed to the Hyannis British Brewing Company (BBC) for the all important job of beer drinking. Being Turtles, they made it there well ahead of the crowds and secured a prime spot up at the bar. The BBC has a wide selection of beers on tap so no one was disappointed. The menu is also large and includes several British favorites (Cornish pasties, shepherd’s pie, fish and chips…). Needless to say the hardest part of the day was recognizing it was time to leave and return to real life back in RI…