Mecheso, Huddle Win New Haven Road Race
UPDATE: The race’s official website, NewHavenRoadRace.org, has announced the 2014 winners. Girma Mecheso, 26, of West Chester, won the 20K; Cullen Roberts, 26, of Wallingford, won the 5K; and George Wang, 12, of New Haven won the Kids’ Road Race.
Molly Huddle, 30, of Providence, was top female runner in the 20K. She placed 30th overall. Hannah Donadio, 24, of Killingworth, was the top female runner in the 5K, and she placed 49th overall. Emmaflynn Kirck, 9, was the top female runner for the Kids’ Road Race, and she placed fourth overall.
The New Haven Road Race kicked off Monday morning for its 37th year.
The races included the Kids Fun Run, the 5K and the 20K.
An estimated 7,000 runners from 37 states participated.
Girma Mecheso, 26, won the 20K race and took home more than $45,000 in prize money.
Security was increased this year, as it was last year after the Boston Marathon Bombings. New Haven Police patrolled, and all runners had to check their bags. No backpacks were allowed on the New Haven Green or near the finish line.
Tow trucks were also out early towing away cars parked along the race route.