Amy Fredericks claims she hasn't been training as hard recently as she once did, but apparently she's doing something right. Amy, 44, of Norwalk, won the women's race in the Bigelow Tea Community Challenge on Sunday with a time of 19:59. It was her fourth win in the annual Southport event.
Amy, 44, won the Bigelow Tea 5K for three straight years from 2002 to 2004. She was surprised to win this year because she had taken the last few months off from speed training, opting for more leisurely runs to stay in shape. She said winning the event for the fourth time was "great for my self-esteem."
"I've been away from [competition] for a while," Amy said. "So to come out here and win it, even if my time isn't awesome, it gives me mental strength."
Justin MacGregor of Derby finished first overall with a time of 16:28. Amy and Justin set course records with their wins. Construction on Westway Road forced the race organizers to plan a new route this year. Not only did the new path give runners a view of Lon Island Sound by passing through Southport Beach, it also trimmed times by featuring more straightaways.
Fifteen local charities will share the money raised by Sunday's events: Fairfield Senior Center, Sandcastle Playground, Wakeman Boys & Girls Club, YMCA of Fairfield, Mercy Learning Center, Cardinal Sheehan Center, Music and Art Center for Humanity, Center for Women & Families, Janus House, Connecticut Food Bank, Operation Hope, Burroughs Community Center, Grasmere Eldercare Center, Caroline House and Bridgeport Rescue Mission.
About 620 runners competed in this year's 5K, up from 500 last year. An additional 175 people took part in the Fitness Walk at the same time, and 160 kids joined in the Fun Run before the race. "We had almost a thousand people in our race, which is pretty cool," said Cindi Bigelow, the event's sponsor.
Full results are available at hitekracing.com .
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