YORKTOWN, N.Y.-Mother Nature threw runners at Sunday’s Freezer 5K at FDR Park in Yorktown a curveball—it wasn’t freezing.
Not even close.
In fact, temperatures hovered around a toasty 45 degrees for the Taconic Road Runners’ first of two Freezer races.
Probably somewhat due to the great—although foggy—weather, 239 runners finished the race, which was staged on a mildly hilly, 3.1-mile course with plenty of flats.
“Turnout is always about dealing with the weather. Today, it’s warm, and we have a good turnout,” said race director Greg Schroko. “We’ll have (around) 250 people at this race. We have gone over 300, but this is great—we’re very happy.
“We want people to be running. That’s what the club is all about,” Schroko added. “No one has complained yet about it not being freezing today, though people do like to have that story—that they ran in 50-below temps. But if you ask them, I bet they are happy to be running in shorts and tank tops. This is perfect weather.”
Jared Johnson, 37, of Briarcliff Manor, was first to cross the finish line in a time of 18:32. John Ryan, 12, of Tuckahoe, was second, and Michael Collins, 43, (no town listed) placed third overall in 19:00.
Susan Moore, 40, of the Bronx, was the first woman to finish, clocking in at 20:19. Yorktown’s Lily Day, 10, was the second female (20:44), and Maureen Cawley, 30, of Tarrytown, was the third female finisher (21:25).
Chris Irwin, 44, and Ken Pfaff, 63, both of Cortlandt Manor, placed 12th (19:59) and 13th (20:14), respectively, and Michael Hahn, 38, of Yorktown, was 20th overall in a time of 20:58.
The Taconic Road Runners Club will host the Freezer 5 companion race, this time a 5-miler, also at FDR, on Feb. 11.
For complete results of Sunday’s race, and for more information on the Freezer 5Ks and other TRRC races, check out runner.org.