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Record crowd hits streets, beats heat in Fairfield Half Marathon

Kerri Lyons of Wilton and Robert Riordan of New York City pass children at an aid station along Oldfield Road as they near the 10 mile mark of the Fairfield Half Marathon Sunday, June 23. (John Kovach Photo)

Russell Blatt of Glastonbury and Jim Gilmore of Fairfield, wearing a Prep rugby shirt, continue through the 10th mile of the Fairfield Half Marathon Sunday, June 23. (John Kovach Photo)

Christopher Eckett (2751) and Shane Morse of Plainville (4265) reach the bottom of the hill and cross South Pine Creek Road Sunday, June 23, in the Fairfield Half Marathon. (John Kovach Photo)

Ben O'Regan of Ridgefield (John Kovach Photo)

Residents along the Half Marathon route set up aid stations, crucial as temperatures soared. (John Kovach Photo)

Some runners found it more beneficial to douse themselves rather than drink cups of water after aid stations. (John Kovach Photo)

Michelle Howard of Westport leads a pack of runners off the hill onto Oldfield Road during the Fairfield Half Marathon Sunday, June 23. (John Kovach Photo)

Jerry Ing of Fairfield runs next to a runner bearing the American flag as they near South Pine Creek Road Sunday, June 23, during the Fairfield Half Marathon. (John Kovach Photo)

Residents along the race route set up sprinklers to help runners stay cool Sunday, June 23, in the Fairfield Half Marathon. (John Kovach Photo)

Denise Stein of Orange enjoys a detour under a sprinkler as temperatures heated up the Fairfield Half Marathon Sunday, June 23. (John Kovach Photo)

A competitor salutes a band performing for runners and spectators during the June 23 Fairfield Half Marathon. (John Kovach Photo)

New Rochelle’s Gregory Macken lets onlookers know he's still going strong more than nine miles into the Fairfield Half Marathon. (John Kovach Photo)

Courtney Rechtiene of East Haven (2830) and Sara Rechtiene of Southbury (2831) find a bit of shade on Oldfield Road during the Fairfield Half Marathon on a steamy Sunday, June 23. (John Kovach Photo)

A runner shows her support for the band that rocked the route of the Fairfield Half Marathon Sunday, June 23. (John Kovach Photo)

Runners briefly cool off during the Fairfield Half Marathon. (John Kovach Photo)

A steady stream of runners sought a bit of mist as they made their way downhill toward South Pine Creek Road during the June 23 Fairfield Half Marathon. (John Kovach Photo)

Karen O'Connell of East Haven gives the band a hand as she runs down Oldfield Road among sprinklers during the June 23 Fairfield Half Marathon. (John Kovach Photo)

Matthew Parker of Fairfield remembers Boston as he runs the Fairfield Half Marathon Sunday, June 23. (John Kovach Photo)

Eric Chirchir of Kenya finished first overall in the 33rd annual Fairfield Half Marathon Sunday, June 23, covering the course in 1:05:58.

He led three Kenyans in a sweep of the top three spots. Shadrack Kipkorir Kiyai was second in 1:06:15, Amos Sang third in 1:06:28.

Tigist Tufa of Ethiopia was the women’s winner in 1:15:24.

She was followed in the women’s race by Askale Merachi of Ethiopia in 1:17:50 and Heidi Westover of Walpole, Mass., in 1:18:42.

Chris Barrett was Fairfield’s top overall male finisher with a net time of 1:21.36 good for 35th and 20th in his 20-29 age group. Cynthia McHugh was first in the 50-54 female age group. Kristen Curran was second in the female 14-19 age group. Christine Gannon was third at 45-49. Doug Adams was first in the 75-79 group and Giancarlo Cottignoli second in 55-59.

Full results, overall and by age group, can be found at fairfieldhalf.org. Results are also posted there for the 5K, held Saturday, June 22.

The weekend of racing, hosted by Fairfield Firefighters, drew more than 6,500 runners, according to sponsor Stratton Faxon.

Entries in the Half Marathon reached the 5,000-runner capacity on Tuesday, June 18.

Police and fire officials said about a dozen people officially sought treatment due to the heat. Others may have sought treatment on their own.

The Fairfield Road Races are a non-profit organization that, with the help of its participants, has contributed more than $1 million to non-profit groups in the past.

The Stratton Faxon Fairfield Road Races were presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. The Connecticut Post, Crystal Rock Bottled Water Company, 95.9 The FOX, News 12 Connecticut, Robbins Eyecare, Chabaso Bakery, The Boston Company, Kayem Foods, Inc., Blue Buffalo, Robeks, Seix Investment Advisors, Select Physical Therapy, The John Patrick Flanagan Foundation, Wade’s Dairy and Connecticut Sports Massage Team also support the Stratton Faxon Fairfield Road Races.

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