On Memorial Day, nearly 400 runners toed the starting line of Durham’s annual Washington Trail 10K/4K road race despite humid temperatures hovering just above 80 degrees.
The runners all start from the same point but the course for the shorter race cuts off from the 10K route just shy of the second mile mark. The 10K course takes runners up Main Street into the hilly back roads of town before returning to Pickett Lane and eventually a long straightaway to the finish.
Top male finisher and overall winner in the 10K, Chris Schulten of Middlefield, had an impressive showing with a finishing time of 37:24. When asked how the race went Schulten said, “Worse than last year, times were slower. The heat killed it.”
Schulten has won the race once before. “This race is great. It feels awesome to run in because everyone knows you. It's unlike other road races, you know everyone.”
Chris really enjoyed the prize. “It’s a cheesy trophy… did I say cheesy? I meant in an awesome way!”
Jack McShane of Durham returned for his 32nd Washington Trail 10K race.
“It was rugged, the weather made it challenging," he said. "The conditions made fast times very hard. It feels great to be sharing the course with all of the younger runners, to be 60 and still out here feels incredible.”
Kerry Arsenault, the top female finisher in the 10K and eighth place overall, ran a time of 41:09.
“Felt great, very very hot. I don’t ever remember it being this hot.” Arsenauly said after the race. “It’s a great course. I love it. I loved all of the people helping out, to get the whole community out here, it really energizes it.”
Peter Schulten, winner of the 13 and under category, and son of winner Chris Schulten, had some thoughts on the weather and the race. “It was very hot, I had tons of water, but it was very fun.”
Top male finisher and overall in the 4K was Wes Melnils of Durham, in a time of 14:15. Top female finisher was Allie Alsup of Durham, in a time of 17:14.
The Washington Trial 10K/4K Road Races are put on by the Durham/Middlefield Exchange Club and the town of Durham.