JOSEPH ALFANO, 45, of Holden, running a flooded course in the Cape Cod Marathon, Oct. 30, 2011 --
"The Cape Cod Marathon is a hard race. It's got a lot of hills. It was a windy day right after the big storm but also very beautiful. When I saw the flooded road, it was not a big deal. You're about 3 miles out. I thought, 'Come on, you've made it this far, you've got to keep running. You can't go around it, you've got to get your feet wet.' You've got to go a little crazy if you run a marathon. I'd rather go straight for the finish line and not waste two steps than stay dry. I needed to run it in 3:25 to qualify for Boston, and I ran it under 3:20. It worked out."
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