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Monday, April 18, 2005

pope couldn't be elected on patriots' day anyway...

Too many distractions today - Boston Marathon... USA's Patriots' Day... and, besides, everybody hates mondays... *lol*

Players' Wives Set to Run Monday
Apr 17, 7:19 PM (ET) By HOWARD ULMAN
BOSTON (AP) - The Schillings have a very busy day planned for Monday.

Curt will be pitching his second game of the season an hour before Shonda runs in the Boston Marathon, which starts at noon.

"It's unique," he said Sunday. "It's going to be a special day."

It may not end that well if he struggles for the Boston Red Sox against the Toronto Blue Jays in the Patriots' Day game starting at 11:05 a.m.

"If he's losing, I'm dreading the end of the race because I don't want to go home to him," Shonda said with a smile.

The wives of two Red Sox players and one club executive planned to run the race for charities. Shonda Schilling is raising money for the SHADE Foundation for skin cancer awareness and for research into ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

Dawn Timlin, wife of reliever Mike Timlin, also is running for ALS research. Stacey Lucchino, wife of team president Larry Lucchino, is running to raise money for cancer research.

"I definitely am not doing it as an athletic endeavor" but rather to raise money, said Stacey Lucchino, who has run about six half-marathons.

Shonda Schilling ran in a marathon in Arizona last January - but this is her first in Boston - and has been training in long pants and a long shirt to protect her from the sun. She was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2001 and is no longer afflicted with it but said for a while she was reluctant to expose herself to the sun.

Running outdoors "is really about taking my life back and not being scared anymore," she said.

Dawn Timlin said she finished the race in 4 hours, 29 minutes last year.

"I hate running," said her husband, the winning pitcher on marathon day last year. "I can't imagine running 26 miles. It's a grueling process."

He said he was near the finish line not far from Fenway Park when she crossed last year and plans to be there again.

Stacey Lucchino, who said she injured her knee while skiing about 15 years ago, plans to run part of the race.

Curt Schilling hopes to see his wife after the race "with a win tucked under my belt," although he allowed five runs in 5 2-3 innings last Wednesday in his first start, a 5-2 loss to the New York Yankees. He started the season on the disabled list after his offseason conditioning was set back by ankle surgery in November.

The three wives expect a satisfying day even though they won't win the race.

"Who could have dreamed" they would be running in the marathon, Shonda Schilling said. "We figure Mike will probably come in and close (the game) out" for Curt.
Paul felt the need to remind us why the Vatican and Boston cannot co-exist (or make the news) on the same day...

"Too many settlements - ranging in the millions - paid out to the victims of pedophile priests in the Boston diocese or whatever it's called again!!!!!!!!!"

Thanks for the reminder, pal... I mean, paul... :\
Hmm... a CATHERINE THE GREAT of modern times won the Boston Marathon... on the first day that a new Pope could have been elected... but wasn't... the original Catherine The Great (who did NOT like to be called as such) was, of course, from Russia, not Kenya... and the last Pope's greatest FAILURE was not to have consecrated Russia to the Holy Virgin, according to one Father Gruner and a host of his supporters... and also the late great Sister Lucia... (such was John Paul II's greatest failure - most definitely NOT failing to let in gay marriages into the Church...!!!).

Ah, what we can achieve while making... CONNECTIONS!

We get to unearth, most often, significant coincidences... now, to get their significance... that is another question entirely...

Kenyan known as "Catherine the Great" wins fourth Boston Marathon
18/04/2005 8:35:00 PM

BOSTON (CP) - Catherine Ndereba rallied to win an unprecedented fourth women's title at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

Catherine Ndereba of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the women's title. (AP/Elise Amendola)
Trailing by four football fields at the halfway point, the Kenyan known as "Catherine the Great" caught Ethiopian Elfenesh Alemu to win in two hours 25 minutes 13 seconds.

Ethiopia's Hailu Negussie covered the 26.2-mile (42.195-kilometre) course from Hopkinton to Boston's Back Bay in a heat-slowed 2:11:45 for the men's title, earning $100,000 US and breaking Kenya's stranglehold on the event. Alan Culpepper gave the U.S. something to celebrate, placing fourth in the best finish for an American since Dave Gordon was fourth in 1987.

Louis-Philippe Garnier of Montreal was the top Canadain, finishing 40th in 2:32:41. Richard Tessier of Nicolet, Que., finished 42nd in 2:33:03.

Ndereba made sure the Kenyans weren't shut out.

"In Kenya we all celebrate as a group, so when someone wins we all celebrate," said Benson Cherono, who was third in the men's race behind Negussie and Kenyan Wilson Onsare. "I gave my congratulations to her for winning. I thank God for what she did."

The race came 25 years after Rosie Ruiz became one of the most notorious cheaters in sports history when she was declared the winner of the 1980 Boston Marathon despite running only about a mile. The real winner, Montreal's Jacqueline Gareau, was brought back Monday to claim some of her usurped spoils.

Ndereba didn't need any trickery to beat Alemu for the second consecutive year. Last year's 16-second gap tied the closest in the history of the women's race, but Ndereba won this year by 1:50.

"It is more than a thrill," Ndereba said. "I felt like my legs were kind of heavy when we started. As I kept on pushing the pace, I felt like my body was moving and I felt like, 'Wow! I can do it."'

Louise Voghel, of St. Armand, Que., was 36th in 2:58:56. Manuela Chiesa, a native of Switzerland who started her running career at the University of Acadia, was 50th in 3:02:57.

Alemu was in the lead pack from the fifth mile in Framingham, pulling away at Wellesley College to open an 80-second lead at the 13.1-mile mark. Ndereba pulled even with the Ethiopian at the crest of Heartbreak Hill, about two hours into the race.

They ran side-by-side past Boston College onto Beacon Street before Alemu fell back at Cleveland Circle in Brookline.

Alemu has finished second two times in a row. In 2002, her only other Boston appearance, she finished third to Ndereba's second.

"I am not disappointed because there is winning, and there is not winning," Alemu said. "It happens. I am not worried about that."

Kenyans had won 13 of the previous 14 men's races, but this year they'll have to settle for Ndereba's victory.

"I'm proud to be the one who won for Ethiopia," said Negussie, who was fifth last year and the only non-Kenyan in the top six. "Day and night I was thinking about winning the Boston Marathon. And I think I did what I was dreaming of."

Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa won his fifth consecutive wheelchair race, finishing in 1:24:11 - almost six minutes ahead of countryman Krige Schabort. Van Dyk, who set a world best of 1:18:27 last year, is the first man to win five Boston wheelchair races in a row; Franz Nietlispach, who was third this year, has also won five but only four were consecutive.

Alan Bergman of Cobble Hill, B.C., and Michel Filteau of St-Jean-Baptiste, Que., were fourth and fifth, respectively.

American Cheri Blauwet also repeated in the women's wheelchair division, winning by 3:08 in 1:47:45. Diane Roy of Hatley, Que., a double bronze medallist at last fall's Paralympics, was second in 1:50.53.

"Climbing has never been my strength and that's where I lost the race," said Roy, 34, a double bronze medallist at the Paralympic Games last year in her 12th season on the national team. "Still I'm very pleased with my showing. I've done this marathon every year since 1998 and this is the best I've ever managed a race. I usually fade over the last 10 kilometres but this time I maintained a good pace."

In the age group running categories, Voghel was first in the women's 50-59 category. B.C's John Moe was second in the same category for men.

A field of 20,453 lined up in Hopkinton for the start for the world's oldest annual marathon. The 109th edition of the race was replete with tributes to Johnny Kelley, a two-time winner and seven-time runner-up who died in October at the age of 97.

Kelley's bib No. 61 - one for each time he started the race - was retired this weekend. Runners were serenaded with the song Young at Heart before the race, even though Kelley wasn't there to sing it. Gareau served as grand marshal - a position created to honour Kelley when he became too frail to continue running.

Gareau got out of the car in the Back Bay and ran to the finish line to break the tape, something she didn't do in her victory after Ruiz entered the course near the finish line and pretended to win. Gareau was given an olive wreath and the Canadian national anthem was played.
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