Fairfield, CT: Marlborough’s William Sanders won both the MJP Fairfield Half Marathon and 5K this weekend. On Saturday, Sanders won the 5K in 15:23 finishing comfortably ahead of Tolland’s Jacob Gerow. On Sunday, Sanders won the ½ marathon in 69:45 easily besting Fairfield’s Joseph Walweski who finished in 74:23. Over 2,500 runners participated in the weekend’s races held at Fairfield’s Jennings Beach.
Ethiopia’s Hirut Guangul had the weekend’s top performance winning the women’s half marathon in 76:26. Guangul finished 3rd overall in the half marathon and finished nearly 6 minutes ahead of Springfield’s Anna Steiman (82:11).
On Saturday, Milford’s Carrie Bova was the top female 5K finisher in 19:34. Bova was followed closely by Sybil Sanders, wife of William Sanders, in 19:40. Fairfield’s Jack Flynn won the Lil’ Stags ½ Mile Kids Run in 2:49. Fairfield’s Madison Vendig was the first girl to finish in 3:04.
The MJP Wealth Advisors Fairfield Road Race is hosted by the Fairfield Fire Fighters and Fire Department. Other race sponsors include Fairfield University, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, O’Reilly Electric, Connecticut Orthopaedics, Sturges Ridge, Green Farms Academy, Avelo Airlines, Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute at Saint Vincent’s Medical Center, Connecticut Post, UCAN, News 12 Connecticut, 95.9 The Fox, Star 99.9, and AMR.