Running hot at the Chilmark 5K Road Race

David Melly and Sheridan Wilbur each won a five-pound lobster.

Winners David Melly. 21, of Newton and Sheridan Wilbur, 17. of North Smithfield, RI. — John Zarba

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More than 1,600 runners lined up on Middle Road in Chilmark at 10:30 am, Saturday morning for the 37th annual Chilmark Road Race. The ritualistic clapping at the starting line united runners in high adrenaline and high spirits, while the sun rose higher in the sky, transforming a chilly morning into a hot but beautiful day for a race.

The notoriously hilly section of Middle Road — heading up-Island from near Mermaid Farm toward Beetlebung Corner — makes for a difficult 5K, but runners are always encouraged by friendly faces on the sidelines, and sweeping views of the south shore.

This year’s winners in the were David Melly, 21, of Newton, a two-time winner, and Sheridan Wilbur, 17, of North Smithfield, RI.  Each first place finisher claimed the prize of a five pound lobster from Larsen’s. Mr. Melly finished at 15:43, followed by Ben Bosworth of Dorchester, MA in second place and Hugh Parker of New York in third. Ms. Wilbur came in at 18:26, with Kara Leonard of Providence, RI and Anne Preisig of Falmouth taking second and third in the ladies division.

Complete race results are available at