NEWPORT — Individuals and families, young and old alike took on the Harry Corrow Freedom Run yesterday.
This was the second year the course was run exclusively on the gravel portion of the Newport-Derby Bike Path with 3.5 miles of trails in the Memphremagog Ski Touring Foundation system.
Cole Alexander, 14, of Glover, was back from last year breaking his own record in the 5km with a time of 19 minutes and 10 seconds, beating out his older brother by a minute.
Lincoln Racine, 11, from Barton, won the 10km among the males with a time of 56.30.
Brooke Whitworth, 36, of Newport, set the female course record in the 10-mile distance, with a time of 1.25.13.
Hannah Cornelius, 33, of Newport, set a female course record in the 10km with a time of 49 min and 43 sec.
The star of the day was reservist Anna B. Clark, 26, of Rhinebeck, NY, presently stationed in St. Albans, who ran the entire 10-mile course under a heavy sun in her Army fatigues and carrying a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag.
She finished in 1.58.40. She was joined by fellow reservist Tom Graham, 58 of Bocsawen, NH who finished just behind her.
Several families were out in force, including the Campbell family of Waban, Mass, who took part in the 5km, and the Briggs family of Wooster, Ohio, who doubled their numbers from last year in the 1-mile distance.
Organizers say 2- percent of this year’s registration fees were donated to support the Memphremagog Ski Touring Foundation.