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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 10-11-2018

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WOONSOCKET – For the first time since the Woonsocket YWCA's Race Against Racism 5K toured the city's streets in 2013, runners and walkers were able to lace up their shoes for a road race dur- ing the Autumnfest weekend. The Woonsocket Rotary Club, with the help of South County's TRIMOM Productions, put togeth- er the inaugural Rotary Runs at Autumnfest 5K on Sunday morning, next to World War II Park on East School Street, and welcomed 70 participants of all ages. The race was organized by Cumberland's Rena Dimuccio, the president of the Rotary Club and the driving force behind bringing a 3.1-mile race back for Autumnfest's 40th anniversary. She and her fam- ily are involved with running – her son, Joe, and daughter-in-law, Paige, are both marathon runners – and they joined several members of their clan for the event. "We thought it would be a good idea to bring something old back and start something new," Rena said with a smile. "I'm happy with the overall outcome, and I couldn't have asked for a better run- ning day." The winner of the race was Warren's Madison Hansen, who competed for Portsmouth Abbey's cross country and track and field teams in the late 2000s. The 26-year-old Hansen led the race, which took place on a rolling course with difficult uphills at the end of the first mile and start of the third, from wire to wire and crossed the finish line in a time of 19:26.3. "I was actually surprised by all the hills, but I think I handled them well," said Hansen, who made a "spur of the moment" decision the night before the race to compete in it. "I never won a race before; I'm really surprised I did." Seizing second place in a time of 20:20.7 was Joe Dimuccio, who got married on Memorial Day weekend and moved to Hartford, Conn. The 29-year-old Dimuccio, who was a standout swimmer a decade ago at Mount Saint Charles Academy, was running in the city for the first time since he won the Running for Moms Charity 5K on May 8, 2016. "Right off the bat, (Hansen) had the better stride, so he just took it and went with it," admitted Dimuccio, who plans to run in Saturday's Hartford Half Marathon. "But I was happy with the way I ran. I just came out of ankle rehab – I rolled it training for a marathon." Dimuccio was happy to see his wife, Paige, end up as the second female finisher, doing so in 24:47.9 and also placing 12th overall, and Joe's 16-year-old cousin, Sophia Dimuccio, took third place, just two- NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET | VALLEY BREEZE | OCTOBER 11-17, 2018 SPORTS & RECREATION 21 BREEZE PHOTOS BY ERIC BENEVIDES Left, Cumberland's GIGI LAMBERT, left, and Woonsocket's STEPHANIE SANTORO run side by side as they get ready to finish Sunday morning's race in a time of 28:52.2. Lambert won the women's ages 50-59 division title and Santoro captured the women's ages 40-49 championship. Right, another local runner who performed well in his age group was North Smithfield's PAUL PARE, who was the top finisher in the men's 70-plus division. His time was 35:08.7. Road race returns to Autumnfest Dimuccio, Highcove highlight top local finishers at Rotary Club's inaugural 5K By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com See ROAD RACE, Page 22 9 Powder Hill Road (Off Rt. 123) Lincoln, RI 401-728-5903 www.RhodyRug.com Open Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m. VISIT OUR FACTORY OUTLET STORE! We offer specialty air conditioning for apartments & elderly complexes! New Location: 158 Central St., Millville, MA 01529 508-883-5862 WE SELL • WE INSTALL • NO DISAPPOINTMENT KITCHEN AID • WHIRLPOOL LG • SONY • MAYTAG • AMANA Big Screen Specialists 2044 Smith St., North Providence, RI (401) 231-2370 fax (401) 232-9220 www.ourplacetux.com Congratulations! 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