It was everything organizers Amy Moore and Michelle Clark could have hoped for ... and more, lots more.
"We are so thrilled. The event could not have been more successful. The weather was beautiful. We had over 700 people running in the two races. We’re very excited," said Clark afterwards.
Clark credited Moore with the idea of holding a road race, but the event itself was a team effort. Both women are part of the Main Street Association of East Greenwich (formally the Downtown Planning Initiative). The group embraced the idea, then contacted the East Greenwich Lions to partner on it. The Lions had run several summertime 5Ks in the past - the last time in 2008.
"We were originally hoping for 300 and people didn’t even think that was possible," Clark said. There were so many people, in fact, that they ran out of t-shirts as well as medals for fun-run participants. But not to worry. They are ordering more for those who didn't receive them.
A one-mile fun run took place first, at 9 a.m., with more than 200 participants - most kids. Runners in both events started on Duke Street just south of Division Street. The 5K took off at 9:30 and the course took them through both the harbor and hill sections of town, ending up on Main Street for a few short blocks before turning onto Division for the finish.
EGHS alum Nick Ross (Class of 2009) was the first to finish the race, with a time of 15:49. The first female finisher was Mary Najarian, with a time of 18:21.
Here are the winners in specific age categories (you can find complete results at the Cool Running website):
Age 1-19: male, Brian Musard and Collin Shea; female, Melissa Dalbora and Conner Lynn Dalbora
Age 20-29: male, Joe Siravo and David Holgate; female, Anne London and Katie Ratigan
Age 30-39: male, John Kirkpatrick and Kevin Bolano; female, Karen Benway and Michelle Lambert
Age 40-49: male, Bill Yabroudy and Kenny Bager; female, Sharon Siedliski and Krista Jarrell
Age 50-59: male, Fred Bartlett Jr. and Jim Ferns; female, Julie Oh and Karen Carlon
Age 60-69: male, Forrester Safford and Toby Roberts; female, Alice Farrelly and Robin Wittwer
Age 70-99: male, Paul Basin and Fred Zuleger III; female, Alix Swift and Maureen Reilly