WESTPORT, Conn. -- Luke McCambley held the weathered, sweat-soaked tongue depressor bearing a black "1" as if it were an Olympic gold medal. "Finally got one," he smiled as he stood in the warm breeze at Compo Beach. After five tries, McCambley had finally won a Westport Road Runners Summer Series race.
McCambley fashioned his victory wire-to-wire, bolting to a big lead in the opening miles of the 5.9-mile race. Just before the midway point, Tom Harding, who lives on the course past the 4-mile mark, pulled close. "I usually start working hard the second half of the race," said Harding, who's won several Road Runners races himself over the years. "All of a sudden I heard him behind me, so I picked it up," said McCambley. "That was it," added Harding. "I can't keep up with these young guys any more."
While Harding, now in his 40s, has a long career in running, winning FCIAC championships when he competed for Roger Ludlowe of Fairfield, the lanky McCambley played volleyball during his time at Staples High School. He matriculated at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, whose urban location didn't allow for running teams. "I'm going to stick to these races from now on," he said. Given his success Saturday, that seems like a good plan.
Complete results of all the Road Runners races are available on the series website .
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