Above all else, the Riverside Run has always been an event for kids. The three-mile distance is short enough for even the younger runners to complete, and the younger age groups are broken down into small enough increments that there are plenty of medals to hand out.
But it was somewhat of a surprise when the female winner turned out to be only 13 years old. Sarah Endres, a seventh grader at Eagle Hill School, clocked 20:18 and just missed making the top 10 overall by a single place.
The New Canaan teenager has been running seriously for just over two years, and said Saturday's race was part of her tuneup for her goal event, the Freihofer's Run for Women, a major national event held in Albany in early June.
By contrast, the men's winner was three decades her senior. Stamford's Anatolie Vartosu successfully defended his title, his 16:40 time almost two minutes ahead of the second-place finisher. The 2009 champ, Peter Hohmeister, had been close behind Vartosu but inexplicably took a wrong turn after climbing the hill from the Willowmere section of Riverside.
Almost 500 runners finished the race, making it one of the biggest turnouts in several years. Organizers attributed it to the perfect running conditions, following two years of rainy, wet weather. Complete results of the race are posted online .
Did you participate in the Riverside Run this year?