Ben Bosworth tops field at Murdick's Run the Chop Challenge

Marian Johnson is the women's winner.

Race winner Ben Bosworth of Dorchester, a student at Connecticut College in New London, was all alone at the finish. – Photos by Ralph Stewart

Ben Bosworth of Dorchester ran away with the Murdick’s Run The Chop Challenge five-mile race on a mild, overcast Fourth of July morning in Vineyard Haven. Mr. Bosworth, the 2013 race winner, topped the field of 528 runners by nearly two and a half minutes, completing the Tisbury School-West Chop course in 26:51. Race runner-up Michael Schroeder of West Tisbury ran 11 miles prior to the event and still finished the Chop Challenge in a solid 29:27.

Marian Johnson of Weston and Chilmark was the women’s winner, placing ninth overall at 31:02. Claire Woodward of Orleans was the women’s runner-up and finished 15th overall with a time of 32:21.