Bel Air Town Run draws hundreds of runners to Main Street Sunday morning

The race "gun" sounded just after the clock on the Harford County Courthouse on Main Street in Bel Air began chiming 8 a.m. Sunday. By the time they had chimed eight times, hundreds of runners were headed down Main Street toward Broadway.

And just after the clock finished chiming 8:15 a.m., the first runner, Dustin Meeker, 32, crossed the finish line in 15:35. The first female finisher and 18th overall was Melissa Tanner, 33, who crossed the finish line in 17:37.

The 33rd annual run through the streets of Majors Choice and other neighborhoods of Bel Air drew 1,453 runners and 42 walkers. Mothers and fathers ran with their children. Groups ran together, including a team from Bel Air Elementary School. Friends ran arm and arm and others laid back while their parents pushed them in the jogging stroller.

"The weather was ideal and it started on time," race director Mike Early said.

He has been part of every town run, whether running or organizing, and said the crowd of spectators this year was one of the best he's ever seen.

"People throughout the neighborhoods created their own water stops and were spraying people as they ran," Early said. "Some wrote notes on the streets, 'Go Joe' or 'Go Jane,' and among them was 'Run Forrest.'"

Results of the Bel Air Town Run can be found at

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