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First Female Finisher

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The first female finisher in today’s 37th annual Thanksgiving Day Road Race was Kerri Lyons (r), 26, of Wilton, a biology researcher who graduated from Wilton High School in 2006 and Cornell in 2010. She finished the course in an unofficial time of 28:30. She said it was the first time she has run in this race. With her are Mary Dolan Zengo (l), 49, of Wilton, and Jamie Morgenstern, 26, of Pittsburgh. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Water for the Runners

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A volunteer gives Chris Mulliken, 52, of Westport a cup of water near the New Creek Road underpass in Westport today as he took part in the 37th annual Thanksgiving Day Road Race organized by the Pequot Running Club of Southport. More than 5,000 runners registered for the 5-mile run and about 300 walkers in the 2.7-mile course, according to race official Laddie Lawrence. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

In the Lead

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UPDATE Cameron Marantz (No. 2), 27, of Philadelphia was in the lead today with Harry Warnick, 20, of Fairfield as they approached the New Creek Road underpass in Westport in the 37th annual Thanksgiving Day Road Race organized by the Pequot Running Club of Southport. Marantz, a 2005 Staples High School graduate who runs with the Bryn Mawr Running Club, went on to win the race in an unofficial time of 24:10. “It’s about the seventh time I’ve run this race and finished first four or five times,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Susan Granger At the Movies: ‘The Theory of Everything,’ ‘The Homesman,’ “The Hunger Games’

By Susan Granger

Eddie Redmayne deserves an Oscar nomination for his eloquent portrayal of renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.” Redmayne accomplishes a challenging physical, mental and emotional transformation, comparable to Daniel Day-Lewis’ in “My Left Foot.”

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Hawking’s story begins in 1963 at Cambridge University, where he wooed and wed Jean Wilde (Felicity Jones). When he was diagnosed with ALS – a.k.a. Lou Gehrig’s disease – he was given two years to live. Yet he continued his cosmology studies, earning his doctorate and writing “A Brief History of Time.”

What’s astonishing is how Eddie Redmayne is able to communicate Hawking’s emotions by mirroring the expressive, often mischievous movements of his eyes and eyebrows.

On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, “The Theory of Everything” is an extraordinary, inspirational 10. “There should be no boundary to human endeavor,” Hawking concludes. “However bad life may seem, where there is life, there is hope.”

Thousands to Run in Turkey Day Trot

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Thousands are expected to participate in today’s 37th annual Thanksgiving Day Road Race organized by the Pequot Running Club of Southport. The 5-mile race begins in Southport, continues through portions of Westport’s Greens Farms section, and ends in Southport. The race is now Connecticut’s second largest road race and last year included a record 5,300 entrants.The race begins at 8:15 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Pequot Running Club map