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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 12-06-2018

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | DECEMBER 6-12, 2018 SPORTS & RECREATION 27 first 5K. Shortly later came her first 10K, and it wasn't long before Jacinto toed the starting line for her first half and full marathons. In 2012, Jacinto dabbled into obsta- cle course racing, participating in the Warrior Dash New England event and a N.E. Spartan Sprint Race. And when that wasn't enough, she took part in her first sprint triathlon, and a half triathlon soon followed in the fall of 2014 in South Berwick, Maine. It seemed like it was going to be a matter of time before Jacinto went all-in and competed in her first full triathlon, and on Sept. 29, that's exactly what she did when she competed in the grueling Ironman Maryland in Cambridge, Md. Competing against nearly 2,000 triathletes, Jacinto, 41, was one of the 1,380 who were fortunate enough to complete the 140.6-mile journey by the 16-hour cutoff at midnight, as she cracked the top 1,000 by crossing the finish line in 14 hours, 35 minutes, and 43 seconds. Jacinto completed the 2.4-mile swim in 1:48:13, and after she finished the 112-mile bike ride in 7:01:30, she laced up her running shoes and turned in a time of 5:26:52 in the 26.2-mile marathon. "That was better than I thought I was going to do," said Jacinto, who is in her fifth year as a nurse at the Community School. "I was just hop- ing to cross the finish line by mid- night and I did that by more than an hour, so I was very happy." The cutoff time for the swim, which has been regarded as the toughest of the three events, was 2:20, but when Jacinto exited the water with more than a half hour to spare, "I figured I was going to make it, pending a flat tire or a blister," she recalled. "Coming off the bike, I had plenty of time in the bank and I knew I had it. At that point, it was all about moving forward (in the marathon) and being smart with nutrition." What made her finally want to do a full triathlon? Her 6:52:06 time in her first half triathlon four years ago at the Pumpkinman Triathlon Festival (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride, 13.1 half marathon) was certainly encouraging. "Influence from my friend, Katie Libby," answered Jacinto. "She and her husband talked me into it. They said, 'You can do it, you can do it.' It took some time, but I finally did it." Prior to her first 3.1-mile race 11 years ago, Jacinto's only organized running stint came as a freshman at Cumberland High when she joined the girls' cross country team, but "I was a bronchitis sick kid," Jacinto, who graduated from CHS in 1995, said with a laugh. "I really don't even think I completed the full season because I was sick almost the whole time." As Jacinto entered her 20s, she "ran off-and-on, but after I had my third baby, I needed some 'me' time, so I started running again," she added. These days, she has been closely following the running careers of her two oldest children. Her oldest daughter, Chloe, is a freshman on the Cumberland High girls' cross country and indoor track and field squads, and her son, Anderson, is an 8th-grader at North Cumberland Middle School who recently helped the NCMS boys' cross country team win its fourth straight state title. "I'll run with them a little bit, but they're way faster than me," added Jacinto, who will fly with her children, who also run for the North Cumberland Surge's advanced running club, to this weekend's USATF Junior Olympic National Championships in Reno, Nev. "But they've been my biggest cheerlead- ers." As for competing in another full tri- athlon, would she do it again? "At first, I said, "One and done,'" she answered, "but now, I'm a maybe. I'm not a competitive person, but personal challenges are what I like. I'll definitely do another half next sum- mer, but (getting ready) for a full was six months of training and that's a lot. But we'll see what happens." From preceding page The CUMBERLAND HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME inducted eight members and the CHS 2004-05 state championship wrestling team during its annual dinner and awards ceremony last Friday night at Wright's Farm. The Class of 2018 are, in front from left, Sara Czarnecki (basketball and track), Janelle Erskine (track), and Steve Goncalves (wrestling); in back, Shane Corsi (wrestling), John O'Neill (baseball and basketball), Tom O'Connor (tennis and basketball), Greg O'Connor (basketball and golf), and Jim Dandeneau (cross country and track). Two student-athletes who graduated this past June also received CHS Athletic Hall of Fame Scholarships, Zachary Fogell and Alexandra Pina. Do you have a family member who loves their Valley Breeze newspaper, but is heading south for winter? Yes, the Breeze is online, but many prefer "the newspaper in their hands." We'll put The Breeze in an envelope and mail it First Class for $4 per week, postage and handling. (They usually arrive in 2 days.) Just stop in or call our office with your check or credit card, with: • Your "snowbird's" name, full address while away, which edition they would like, and when to begin and end delivery of the paper. That's it! Visit The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 204, Lincoln, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. To 5 p.m. or Phone 334-9555 and ask for Rhonda or Deb during office hours. Thank you. Send 'A Warm Breeze' to Snowbirds… Mail 'The Valley Breeze' for Christmas GET BACK IN THE GAME! We offer rehabilitation and therapy services for patients of all ages. 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