'Lazy Lobsters' race through Wareham, raise funds for MyTeam Triumph

By Matthew Bernat | Jun 18, 2018
Photo by: Matthew Bernat From left: Jared Schwartz of Falmouth, Justin O'Connell of Framingham, Chuck Sapcoe and Amanda Stracaluzi of Warwick, Rhode Island cross the Lazy Lobster Race finish line on Sunday.

Now in its sixth year, the Lazy Lobster Race continues to draw athletes of all abilities from across the region and country to Wareham.

“It’s the start of the tourist season right now. We have people coming here from Missouri and Alabama,” said Jose Nogueras, one of the race’s organizers. “We chose this spot because the area is growing and we want the race to grow with it.”

Held in Wareham Crossing, the race serves as the largest fundraiser for the Massachusetts chapter of MyTeam Triumph. The nonprofit is an athletic ride along program created to help kids, teens and veterans with disabilities participate in triathlons, road races and other endurance events.

According to Nogueras, the race raises approximately 90 percent of the funds MyTeam Triumph requires annually. The money is used to purchase and maintain wheelchairs and other equipment needed for members of MyTeamTriumph as well as cover travel costs and other expenses.

Two hundred fifty-two people participated in Sunday’s race, which featured a 5-mile and a 10-mile course.

Chuck Sapcoe of Warwick, Rhode Island, crossed the finish line while pushing his niece Amanda Stracaluzi, who has a disability, in a race wheelchair. Running alongside him was Justin O’Connell of Framingham, a young man with disabilities. O’Connell met Sapcoe four years ago through an agency that provides services for Sapcoe’s niece. He mentioned the race, and Sapcoe, a track athlete in high school, started training.

Races such as the Lazy Lobster are great for bringing people together, they said.

“I love getting to meet new people,” said O’Connell. “Everyone comes together to support each other.”

For race results, click here.

 

From left: Deb, Marley and Tony Sciacca of Sagamore take a break after the race. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Megan Smith of Balance Physical Therapy touches up a chalk lobster during the race. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
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