Despite a light drizzle and overcast skies, plenty of runners took to Westford’s roads on Sunday for the Annual Westford Road Race.
Just under 400 runners were registered for the 5k and 10k events, which went from the Abbot School to the J.V. Fletcher Library, moving through different portions of Westford’s town center in between.
Westford resident Ruben Sanca won the 10k event with a time of 31:35.7, a pace of just over five minutes per mile.
Sanca was pleased with his result, but described it as slower than some of his other 10k results elsewhere due to the hilly conditions on the route, which extended from Forge Village Road and turned toward Westford Academy before coming back to the town common through Hildreth Street and Flagg Road.
5k winner Alex McGrath, also of Westford, shared Sanca’s assessment of the terrain and was also pleased with his result.
“I feel good, it was a good run. I knew the course was downhill at the beginning and uphill at the end,” said McGrath. “I was able to go hard and maintain my momentum.”
McGrath finished with a time of 15:32.4, just over one minute faster than second-place finisher Michael Guintal.
In the children’s fun run, ten-year-old Alexis Thermidor of Acton was declared the winner.
Overall, event organizers estimated approximately 700 to 800 people in attendance either as participants, volunteers or spectators this year, down from just over 1,000 in the previous year’s event.