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Wednesday, April 25 Sports

Road Runners Series reaches midway point

Last Saturday, David Cotton, of Madison, won his first career Road Runners race as he led another record field of 178 runners in a 4.7 mile run which started and finished at Longshore Club Park. Cotton won the race with atime of 24:48.

Fairfield Warde graduate Cate Allen (27.40) was the first woman to cross the line and finished sixth overall. Allen broke the old women's course record of 28:05, set by Wilton's Mary Zengo in 1998.

Second and third places in the men's division in Saturday's race were awarded to James Osborn, of Ridgefield, and Luke McCambley, of Westport, with respective times of 25:09 and 25:42. The only other Westport-Weston resident who finished in the top 10 was Daniel Landy, fifth in 27:17.

The race marked the halfway point of the 10-week series. Osborn leads the men's overall division (45 points), while Zengo paces the women's side (33). Entry number records have been broken each week during the series.

"It appears that we are currently experiencing another runners boom," series director Laddie Lawrence said. "After 52 years it is encouraging to see that the Road Runners Program continues to be a popular place to exercise on a Saturday morning during the summer months. So far we have seen many attendance records fall and some new women's course records."

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