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Westport Road Runners series opens at Staples

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The 52nd annual Westport Road Runners series began last Saturday with a 2.2 mile run that started and ended at Staples High School. James Osborn, of Ridgefield, won his first Road Runners race with a time of 11:37 as he led a record field of 216 runners over the old Staples cross country course. The first woman to finish was Kerri Lyons, of Wilton, with a new women's course record time of 11:49. Lyons finished third overall.

Recent Staples graduate Peter Elkind (11:43) finished second while Justin Lubeley, of Darien, finished fourth (12:09).

Mary Zengo of Wilton, finished second in the women's division with a time of 12:57. Darien's Liz Herbert (13:39) was the third woman to cross the finish line. The only other Westport resident that finished in the top ten was Lance Kichler, who placed eighth in 12:55.

The next scheduled Road Runners race will be held on Saturday, July 5 at 8 a.m. with a 3.05 mile race starting at Longshore Club Park. The record for the 3.05 mile course of 14:48 was set by Bruce Merrill, of Stamford, in 1978. The women's record of 17.19 was set by Sally Zimmer in 1981.

For more information about the series, including registration information, visit westportroadrunners.org.

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