More than 1,500 runners, as well as walkers, beat the heat Sunday morning to cruise the streets of Bel Air for the 33rd annual Bel Air Town Run.
When the race started at 8 a.m., the temperature had already started to climb and it was obvious it was going to be a sticky day.
But the 1,531 runners were out early to enjoy a beautiful morning for a run. Others strolled the one-mile walk.
The runners and walkers crowded Main Street in front of the Harford County Courthouse, anticipating the start of the race. Once the whistle blew, they were off down Main for a cruise or stroll along Broadway and the Majors Choice neighborhood before finishing at Shamrock Park, where hundreds gathered to watch loved ones and friends cross the finish line.
Finishing first was Dave Berdan, 32, of Owings Mills, who was timed in a staggering 14:38, a pace of 4:43 per mile.
The second-place finisher was 1:30 behind him; Christopher Swisko, 22, of Aberdeen, finished in 16:08. Third place was Jesse Jaeger, 25, of Kingsville, who finished in 16:15.
The first three women to finish were Megan Digregorio, 25, of White Marsh, in 18:13; Sara Breedlove, 33, of Baltimore, in 18:28; and Megan McNew, 34, of Baltimore, in 19:50.