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Record Field Runs Boston Buildup Race In Ridgefield

Runners leave the starting line at the start of the Boston Buildup 15k run Sunday in Ridgefield.
Runners leave the starting line at the start of the Boston Buildup 15k run Sunday in Ridgefield. Photo Credit: Contributed by Fred Gaston

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – The largest field ever in the history of the 15-kilometer race of the 35-year-old Boston Buildup running series traveled the roads of Ridgefield on Sunday morning.

There were 350 finishers in the race, breaking the old mark of 328 set in 2010. The weather was also the warmest on record for the race, as runners enjoyed temperatures in the mid-40s and dry conditions.

Tim Milenkevich, a running coach at Targetraining in Westport, won his second event in the four-race series. He finished the 9.3 mile course in 51:05, followed by Danbury’s Joe LeMay in  56:24. Stamford’s Jeff Watson was third in 56:51, and Blake Benke of Westport was fourth in 57:10.

Florence Chretien of South Salem, N.Y., also an instructor at Targetraining, won the women’s division in 1:02:36. Sare Belles finished second in 1:03:23, followed by Darien’s Shana Decsi (1:03:42) and Stamford’s Tina Senft-Batch (1:05:04).

The third race is a 20k scheduled for Feb. 10 at Tomlinson Middle School in Fairfield The series concludes on March 3 with a 25k at Silvermine School in Norwalk. Visit the race website for complete results and registration information.

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