When officials moved the road race for the American Diabetes Association from June to November, they were hoping for a slightly better turnout, at least for more than the 500 or so who ran last year. They got more then they bargained for yesterday, nearly 2,000 participants and course records for men and women in the Pigs R' Precious 10K in West Potomac Park.

Jim Hage of Lanham left down-the-street neighbor Kurt Kromer with a little more than a mile to go in the 6.2-mile race and won in 30:35. Kromer finished five seconds later in a personal best.

"It was good to have Jim in front of me," Kromer said. "He'll always kick my butt off at the end, but I'm exuberant about my time."

Patty McGovern and Marianne Dickerson, who recently returned from competing in last month's Iron Man triathlon in Hawaii, ran separated by a few strides from the start, McGovern winning the women's division in 35:28. It was her second race after a three-month hiatus because of a foot injury.

"She {Dickerson} fell off after the first mile but I was worried about her the whole way. I kept looking back," said McGovern, of Washington. Dickerson, of Arlington, finished in 35:44.

Named for the animal that accounts for the majority of insulin used by diabetics, the event raised nearly $10,000 for diabetes research. Taking the pig motif to heart, many participants ran with pig snouts over their noses.

Hage qualified last summer for the Olympic marathon trials and ran this race as a tune-up. "I haven't been doing much speed work lately," he said. "And I haven't been racing much because I've been training."

Kromer is priming for next month's Rocket City Marathon, hoping he too can make the Olympic trials.