If Norwell resident Jenna Verrochi knew there were free massages at the end of the first duathlon held in Scituate, she said she would have had another reason to help her finish the 13-plus mile run and bike race even quicker.
After the race, Verrochi found a padded table staffed by experienced massage therapist Barbara Phinney (above). Verrochi put thoughts of heading to her warm house or eating hot chowder aside for the moment.
"I’m not going to leave. This is worth it,” Verrochi said as Phinney, a therapist with Driftway Muscular Therapy in Scituate rubbed down Verrochi’s tired and sore muscles after the strenuous race.
Verrochi joined hundreds of runners and bicyclists for the first Scituate Duathlon that featured a 2-mile run then a transfer to bikes for a 12-mile course along the town’s coastline that was followed by another more than 2-mile run to the finish at Cole Parkway.
Participants said the 12-mile bike course was shortened because of flooding on some of the roads caused by high winds from an expected Northeaster.
Christina Brown, 27 and Ken Sazama, 37, both of Jamaica Plain, crossed the finish line hand-in-hand and were cheered on by fellow runners and bikers the pair met along the course.
“It’s a beautiful course and we had friendly rivalries throughout,” Sazama said.
The race was organized by Scituate chiropractor Nico Afanasenko, Bill Burnett, a leader behind the Commonwealth Triathlon Series, which runs in Cohasset, Marlborough and Gloucester; and avid athlete Stacey Angela Zawel, director of Women Living Authentically.
Proceeds will go to support three non-profit organizations; Women Living Authentically in Wellesley; the Boston chapter of Girls on the Run; and Friendship Home, a South Shore group that serves adults with disabilities and their families.
Many of Friendship Home’s members participated by either running or biking or handing out popcorn and running children’s games during an expo and festival that was slightly dampened by cold weather, strong winds and flooding on Cole Parkway.
“They really did a great job,” said Friendship Home Executive Director Lauren Payne. “They really put a lot of work into it and we appreciate everything they are doing for us,” she said.