Brad Wellington came down to Pear Tree Point in Darien last weekend to watch the Bunny Boogie 3-mile race and was tempted to jump in and run. But with the fatigue and soreness of the Boston Marathon still in his legs from the preceding Monday, he decided to play it smart and sit that one out.
That paid off Saturday as he was once again at Pear Tree for a race, but this time ran and won the Law Day Road Race, a 5K held on virtually the same course.
"My legs felt pretty good," he said afterward. "I can still feel the marathon a bit, but no real soreness." Wellington, who lives close enough to the race site that he ran home afterward, said he trains on the Pear Tree roads at least twice a week, but usually in the opposite direction.
Even though he won the race, Wellington wasn't the first person across the finish line. That honor went to Norwalk's Julie Heaphy, who won the Bunny Boogie last week. Heaphy ran a personal best 18:16 for the course, with Wellington 12 seconds behind.
"Having run the course the week before definitely helped," said Heaphy. "I knew to push the short, steep hill at halfway, then cruise on the long downhill after." "She really ran smart, and let me break the wind along the water," said Wellington.
Complete results of the race are posted online .
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