07/03/2021 4:26 AM
Article By: Daniel Donabedian
There was base running happening on the diamond at Lowell Park on Thursday, yet the Cotuit Kettleers were not home that night.
Instead, the Kettleers’ home field hosted the Cotuit Firecracker 5k, a local race and community event that invites people of all ages to run. The race benefits the Cotuit Athletic Association and the Kettleers, and despite the rainy weather, nearly 400 people signed up to participate and show their support.
The event began with children three and under competing in a 30 yard dash across the outfield of Lowell Park. Following that, kids ages four to six ran a 100 yard race starting at center field. Then, kids from seven to 12 ran a half-mile race starting at home plate.
According to Pat Lentell, an organizer of the event for the last six years, these youth races are the best part of the whole occasion.
“When you get so many three and under kids running 30 yards and then you see the excitement on their faces running around the ball field, I think it’s just a tremendous thing,” Lentell said.
The 5k concluded the afternoon of racing, with those taking part spread out all across the corner of Lowell Avenue. The multitude of runners led to a packed Main Street.
“The race has been running for about 15 years,” Lentell said. “It’s an event that’s tremendously supported by the community.”
Today, Lowell Park will once again belong to the Kettleers, as they face off against the Falmouth Commodores at 5 PM.
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