The 12th annual edition of the event Thursday morning had a record 1,370 finishers.
“We’re really happy with it. It’s a race, but it’s an event, too,” said race director Jaime Dick, who had live music and even an Elvis impersonator to help entertain the crowd. “We get so many people who say it’s the only 5K they do all year.”
The atmosphere was festive Thursday — and the field at the front was fast.
Former HCC star Tony Clement, 25, of Williamsport, dominated again on his old stomping grounds, successfully defending his title in 14:51 as he averaged 4:48 per mile for the 3.1 miles.
Former Smithsburg High School star David Wilson, 21, who now competes for Syracuse University, was the runner-up in 15:09, while David Roza, 19, of Hagerstown, who runs for NCAA Division III power Haverford, finished third in 15:17.
“It was a great race up front, really exciting,” Dick said. “It’s like the ‘Fastest Man in Hagerstown’ contest. There’s no prize money, but the guys want to win it to say they won it.”
Stephanie Borland, 21, of Hagerstown, was the women’s champion in 18:26, while Maria Borland, her twin, was the runner-up in 19:05. Both run for Kutztown University.
Emilee Fierro, 14, placed third in 19:23.
The masters (40-and-older) champions were Rob Hovermale, 48, of Smithsburg, in 17:57, and Maria Spinnler, 50, of Hagerstown, in 19:59.
Dick said proceeds from the event will benefit the HCC Booster Club Scholarship Fund.
— Andrew Mason