Beverly: Louise Rossetti, left, speaks with her friend Joanne Ratcliffe of Methuen before the start of the 16th annual Louise Rossetti Road Race in Beverly on Wednesday evening. Rossetti and Ratcliffe have been friends for many years, and Ratcliffe calls Rossetti her mentor. "I love this lady. She's the best," said Ratcliffe of her friend. Rossetti, who turns 88 at the end of this month, ususally runs the race, but couldn't compete this year due to a knee injury. Photo by Matthew Viglianti/Staff Photographer Wednesday, June 17, 2009.