CHATHAM ─ Organizers of the new Chatham in the Fall road race wanted to offer runners the opportunity to race in cooler weather than that of the Chatham Harbor Run. With temps barely reaching 50 for the inaugural event on Sunday, they got their wish, and so did the happy folks who took part in the event.
The new 10K road race follows the same course as the Harbor Run, which happens in late June each year. But because the summer event often comes with seasonal heat, runners had been looking for a race along the same course but in cooler weather. Enter the new Chatham in the Fall run, held for the first time on Sunday, courtesy of the Cape Cod Athletic Club.
In spite of blustery winds and chilly temperatures, nearly 200 intrepid runners laced up their trainers, donned gloves and caps, and took to the streets of Chatham for what proved to be a fun run. In the spirit of the season, many runners donated toys toward the club's Stuff-a-Bus campaign, and a few even wore Thanksgiving-themed outfits.
Edward Harvey of Cambridge was the overall race winner with a time of 34:08, while Kimberly Robbins of South Chatham was the first women's finisher with her time of 42:48.
“It's great,” Harvey said of the Chatham in the Fall race, adding that he's also done the summer run. He had some special motivation for participating in the new race. “My friend Josh wanted to do a 10K. We all went to Dartmouth and were rowers together, so he convinced us to come. I haven't run a 10K in a while. It's a great course. Every year it's really scenic and really fun, but it's crushing. It's very hilly.”
The course takes runners from its start on Crowell Road near Stony Hill and through Chatham along Stage Harbor Road, Cross Street and Bridge Street to Shore Road past Chatham Lighthouse, to Barcliff Avenue and then back to Crowell for an awards ceremony at Monomoy Middle School.
Robbins said the cold made for a faster run.
“In the summer it's so much hotter,” Robbins said. “My time was better, probably by about two minutes. It was really windy though, but it was nice.”
Robbins said she much preferred the chill over the summer humidity.
“I think everybody feels the same way,” she said. “I'm thinking a lot of people did better because it's colder.”
The win, Robbins said, was ice cream on the side of the proverbial Thanksgiving pie.
“Whenever I run I try and beat my last time,” she said. “I was able to do that, so I'm happy.”
Top 10 Overall Finishers
Edward Harvey, Cambridge, 37:08
Matthew Herman, Brookline, 37:24
Justin Torrellas, Harwich, 38:23
Joshua Sans, Boston, 38:52
Joshua Lyon, South Yarmouth, 39:16
John Day, Norton, 39:43
Dave Fay, South Dennis, 39:49
Jonathan Todd, Brewster, 39:52
Geof Newton, Chatham, 39:54
Kimberly Robbins, South Chatham, 42:48
For a full list of results, visit www.coolrunning.com/results/16/ma/Nov20_Chatha_set1.shtml.