A total of 63 runners participated in the second annual Edgartown library 5K and Pennywise Path walk on an overcast Labor Day.
Boston resident Charlie Burckmyer placed first, running the 5,000 meter race in 20:02.00. Ryan Sawyer of Edgartown, 19, placed second, only 10 seconds behind Mr. Burckmyer, and Reann Steenkamp of Vineyard Haven rounded out the top three.
The 3.1-mile race is a trail run, which means much of the race is conducted on skinny paths rather than pavement. Many runners, including third place finisher Reann Steenkamp, found the track enjoyable. “It’s fun to do something different,” Mr. Steenkamp said.
Referring to the Pennywise path and trail that make up the first two thirds of the course, he said, “Having something to look at while running is great.”
The final stretch of the race followed along bike paths towards the Edgartown school, where the finish line overlooked the library construction site.
Last year’s race was found to be a bit short, so this year the course snaked through the Edgartown school parking lot before reaching the finish line. To curb any confusion, race volunteers were placed at each turn of the new course, pointing runners in the right direction.
The top 10 included three kids under 14: Ryan Oosting, 13, placed eighth with an impressive time of 24:55.00 while Catherine Cherry, 12, and Liam Kelso, 12, finished ninth and tenth.