And they’re off! Runners burst out of the starting line at the Old Wethersfield 5K and 10K Sunday.
Old Wethersfield Race Has Record Turnout
WETHERSFIELD - A record number of runners--913 in total--trekked through Cove Park Sunday morning at the 10th annual Old Wethersfield 5K and 10K race.

       The course began along historic State Street and edged the scenic Wethersfield Cove, ending at Cove Park. The 10K was a double loop of the course.

       The top two finishers in the 5K race were locals, with Jesse Wanzer of Rocky Hill winning in 17:39, followed by Troy Stegman of Wethersfield in 17:58. Madeline Hayes of Newington was the first female across the line in 20:36, with Dani Kennedy of Bolton behind her in 20:59. A total of 486 entries finished the 5K.

       Samuel Alexander of Waterford was the first 10K finisher in 31:21, breaking the 32:10 course record set by Eric Blake in 2009. Chris Rosenberg of New Britain was the runner-up in 32:38.

       Bessy Leszczynski of San Diego, Calif., was the first female finisher in the 6.2-mile race in 43:51, followed a few seconds later by Vanessa Russo of Cromwell in 43:58. A total of 427 runners finished the 10K course.

       The Old Wethersfield 5K and 10K is organized by the Hartford Marathon Foundation.