Lakeville octogenarian takes first in road race

Jul 4, 2024

MATTAPOISETT – An 82-year old Lakeville man who runs over a thousand miles each year won a division of Mattapoisett’s 4th of July Road Race.

Lakeville resident Maurice “Mo” Bourque has run the Mattapoisett race about 25 times and is still returning home with gold medals.

It wasn’t always this way though. 

When he was younger, Bourque said that he didn’t always place as well as he did this time.

“When I was younger I was just looking up and seeing everybody win,” Bourque said.

Now, Bourque has his moment in the spotlight. With less people in his division, Bourque said he has had a better chance at winning.

“Now that I’m older, Bourque said. “I seem to win them.”

Bourque competed in the male 80-99 age division and won the four mile race with a time of 46 minutes and 17 seconds. 

“It’s a little easier when you get older, you know,” Bourque said. 

To prepare, Bourque said he does five days of running each week and two days of power walking to give his legs a rest. With this, Bourque said that he runs 100 miles a month.

Bourque said that he ran a 12 minute mile last year and improved this year, running an 11 minute mile. 

“The way I tell my friends,” Bourque said. “A win is a win.”