Cool-for-the-season temperatures gave runners, including several from Shelton, ideal conditions for running in Sunday’s Faxon Law Group Fairfield Half Marathon, which started and finished at Jennings Beach.
“From a weather perspective, this was probably the best,” Shelton’s Jorge Delaguila said of the three Fairfield Half Marathon races he’s done in recent years.
Delaguila finished the 13.1-mile course in a time of 1:47.42, good for 610th among nearly 3,000 competitors. “It’s the best I’ve ever done – because of the weather,” he said.
The Shelton runner said he trimmed about three minutes off his half marathon time from a year ago.
“When the sun’s beating down on you it just drains you,” Delaguila said.
Shelton’s Janet Voelpert, 68, was first in the women’s 60-69 year old age category as she completed the course in a time of 1:55.56, good for 1,130th overall.
Shelton’s fastest finisher was Matt Allen, who placed 132nd overall in a time of 1:32.39. Will Lenz came in 164th in 1:34.34; Christopher Capela came in 214th in a time of 1:37.22; Alex Moe came in 217th in 1:37.28; Carl O’Donnell was 234th in 1:38.06; and Justin Kousky was 338th in 1:41.56.
The race draws top-notch runners from Ethiopia and Kenya, as well as all over the United States. It was won by Ethiopia’s Gosa Girma Tefera, who completed the course in 1:04.05.
“Definitely a scenic, beautiful course. Challenging — absolutely,” Delaguila said. “That’s one I’ll keep doing as long as I am running.”
Delaguila, 45, runs about 22 to 28 miles per week, and it’s all worth the effort when finishing a big competition, such as the Fairfield Half Marathon.
“When you finish a race like that you feel great about yourself,” he said.
Shelton had many runners who had a lot to be proud of, including the following who were among the top 1,000 overall: 538. Danielle Hall, 1:46.00; 789. Patricia Taylor, 1:50.18; 872. Paul Miskowicz, 1:52.08; 873. Gregory Prior, 1:51.31; 883. Kathleen Hinkel, 1:51.47; 903. Teri Alved, 1:52.48; 986. Lisa Lafferty, 1:53.48.
Mackenzie Bures, 15, was Shelton’s top runner in the Faxon Law Group’s 5K race, also at Jennings Beach, on Saturday.
Bures completed the course in 23:47 to place 148th.
Nick Blanchard, 20, from Portland was first overall with a time of 15:58. Tim Milenkevich, 33, of Ansonia, was second (16:18) followed by Luke McCambley, 25, of Westport (16:31). Liz Campbell, 24, of Stamford, placed first in the women’s division with a time of 17:53; Trumbull’s Kate Romanchick, 16, was second in 19:26; and Julie McElroy, 48, of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. was third (19:34).