The 48th Gaspee Days 5k took place in RI on June 8th. The field wasn’t deep, but the few contenders that were there were able to drop some serious times. Will Sanders came out on top in the three way race that unfolded between himself, Robert Allen Jr and Matt Pelletier.
Of course, one could make the argument that Will’s 14:43.9 or the top three breaking 15 wasn’t even the top story. The top story just might be this:
What immediately jumps out at you is 14 year old David Principe Jr (or DJ) hanging right there with the big guns at the beginning of the race. This wasn’t just a case of a younger kid sprinting out for a photo op then fading terribly. He hung on to run a remarkable 16:26 and finished 4th overall. That probably age grades to a 9:00 5k.
DJ didn’t factor into the race for the win this year though. Will out-kicked Robert and won by about 3 seconds. Matty, perhaps still feeling VCM in the legs a bit, came in about 9 seconds later.
The top masters came along in a pack of their own. Norm Bouthillier led the way in 17:15 (8th overall), followed immediately by Steve Brightman and Dave Principe Sr. Uh oh…Jr beat Sr?! The student has become the teacher.
For the women, Erin Carmone (open) and Dawn Hogan (masters) both comfortably won. Although there wasn’t the same suspense with the women, it was interesting to see that two of the top five women were only 15. Cianna Lynch (19:57) and Danika Wayss (20:21) both ran really impressive times not only for their age, but also enough to place pretty highly.