Julian Saad leads Trumbullites across the finish line
Habtamu Arga Wegi from Ethiopia won the 34th Stratton Faxon Fairfield Half Marathon, when he crossed the Jennings Beach finish line with a time of 1:05.31 on June 22.
Phillip Lagat of Kenya was second to the 20-year-old Wegi in 1:05.33. Ayele Megersa Feisa of Ethiopia was third (1:05.37), over the 13.1 mile course.
Askale Merachi of Ethiopia made it a sweep for her country, as she was the top female finisher in 1:17.47. Alice Kamunya of Kenya was second in 1:17.56.
Julian Saad from Trumbull finished 15th overall and 10th in the Male 20-29 Division in 1:12.56.
Clinton’s Sybil Shapiro of Clinton was the fourth female finisher overall and best in the state with a time of 1:22.44.
Trumbull’s Calvin Park was first in the 14-19 Division with a time of 1:20.53. Jared Quigley was 19th (1:45.00).
John Scinto was 17th in the 40-44 Division with a time of 1:32.47.
Danielle Klein was best in the 20-29 Division and 24th overall in 1:20.12.
Alexa Pfohl was ninth in the 14-19 Division with a time of 1:47.18.
Heidi Langan was sixth (1:41.55) and Amelia Audette 13th (1:47.53) in the 40-44 Division.
Margaret Walsh was 13th (1:47.30) and Elizabeth Polzello was 17th (1:48.41) in the 45-49 Division.
Sharron Steere was 12th in the 50-54 Division in 1:53.47.
The Fairfield Road Races are a non-profit organization that, with the help of its participants, has contributed over $4 million to non-profit groups in the past.
Among those helped out from the proceeds of last year’s event were Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Giant Steps, Operation Gift Cards, John Patrick Flanagan Foundation and Fairfield YMCA.
Stratton Faxon Trial Lawyers LLC became the event’s Title Sponsor in 2007.
The Stratton Faxon Fairfield Road Races are hosted by the Fairfield Firefighters and presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
O’Reilly Electric LLC, Crystal Rock, Timex, AMR, Sacred Heart University, Connecticut Tank Removal, The Connecticut Post, 95.9 The FOX, News 12 Connecticut, Connecticut Sports Massage Team, The Boston Company, Integrated Medical Center of Fairfield, The John Patrick Flanagan Foundation, Wade’s Dairy, Seix Advisors LLC, Blue Buffalo, Select Physical Therapy, Fleet Feet Sports Stamford and Robeks Premium Fruit Smoothies also support the Fairfield Road Races.