If there were a Hall of Fame for Arbutus Firecracker 10K runners, Dave Berdan would be a charter member. Berdan, 34, dodged the raindrops and soaked up the humidity to win the 33rd annual race, which began and ended at Arbutus Middle School on Saturday.
The top female runner was Alex Wang, 23, of Baltimore City, a 2009 graduate of Centennial High School. She ran the course in a time of 37:06.
Berdan glided up and down the hilly course in a time of 32:56 and won the event for the fourth time since 2007. Berdan won the race in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and finished second in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
He didn't run in it in 2013 or 2014, but made his comeback a special one.
The rain didn't pick up until Berdan finished so there was little relief from the humidity.
Wang said she had "a lot of friends that were doing" the race. She runs with the Howard County Striders and won the 2014 Baltimore Marathon in 2:58.41.
"I'm more of a marathoner," said the University of Maryland graduate. "This is the first one [10K] I've done in a year."
Local Arbutus resident Alan Lagon, who competed in a 100-mile run in Wyoming last month, loves to get in the holiday spirit with a run, but even with the clouds, rain and cooler temperatures, he wasn't comfortable.
"It was very humid," said Lagon, a football and girls basketball coach at Western Tech.
Lagon didn't run through the sprinklers because of his glasses, but he did enjoy the rain, which grew steadier during the race. "The rain felt great," he said.