Yesterday's Harvest Moon Classic 10K was a rerun of last year's race, with Eron Ferriera the overall winner and Barbara Fallon again the top female finisher.
For Ferriera, 27, who finished the 6.2-mile race in downtown Washington in 32 minutes 26 seconds, it was his fourth Harvest Moon victory in five years. He was 1:15 quicker than his time last year and nearly four minutes faster than yesterday's second-place finisher, 37-year-old Wayne Cottrell. Cottrell, an assistant professor at the University of Utah who was in Washington attending a workshop, finished in 36:12.
Fallon added 19 seconds to her time of last year, finishing yesterday's race in 39:13. Her time was misleading, she said, because she felt like she ran even slower.
"I didn't feel that great," said Fallon, 25, a physical therapy graduate student at Marymount College and a former runner at William & Mary. "I haven't raced since the spring. This was just to see where I am."
Ferriera won four of his last five races this summer, including his most recent, the Leesburg 10K. He is focusing his training on 5K and 10K races and said he won't run a marathon as he generally does in the fall.
"I'm not really excited right now about doing a marathon," said Ferriera, who runs barefoot. "I just want to get into shape again."
More than 1,000 runners and walkers registered for the 10K race and 5K walk to benefit the George Washington University Breast Care Center and Mobile Mammography Program.