Former childhood stars dominated the 15th annual Rockville 10-Kilometer Road Race, an event that also encouraged future stars to participate.

Greg Coan, 26, who ran for Gonzaga High School and was one of the Washington area's best distance runners, took the lead at the half-mile mark and was never challenged in winning the men's race in 32 minutes 5 seconds.

Jeff Pomeroy of Lawrenceville, Md., chased Coan the final three miles and was second in 32:21. David Brightwell of Rockville was third in 32:50.

Gretchen Triantos of Olney defended her women's title in 37:22. Louise Mallet, a former standout at Rockville High School, said Triantos was in sight from the beginning, but she couldn't get closer than 15 seconds. She finished second in 37:54. Stephanie McLaughlin of Gaithersburg was third in 39:38.

"I just tried to run even and hard, and waited to see if Gretchen would slow down, but she's not good at that," Mallet said.

Following the featured race, more than 400 children participated in the Halloween Young Run, which consisted of three non-competitive races.

Last year the Montgomery County Road Runners, the race's organizer, applied for a grant from Nike to attract young runners. Nike gave the club $800 and the MCRRC sent brochures to 118 elementary schools, promoting races of a quarter-mile, half-mile and a mile for children 12 and under.

"You're always reading about children being couch potatoes, and we want to encourage childhood fitness," said Anna Birdhal, who helped organize the event. "Before, we used to have a fun run with the club events and we just attracted children whose parents ran in the club. We needed to get the message out."

Fifteen schools responded. Many of the schools incorporated the training into their physical education programs, and many teachers attended the race.

"My teacher's here to check me out," said Kimberly Poore, 10, of Rachel Carson Elementary, who entered the quarter-mile race. "In {class} we did sprints, running, jumping jacks, push-ups, relay races, all for this."

Each child's running number was 1 and each received a medal.