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Runners Tune Up for Boston at Fairfield Race

The Boston Blowout was added to the Boston Buildup Winter Series 14 years ago to provide a slightly longer race for runners prepping for a spring marathon such as Boston. The 30 kilometer (18.6 mile) course is flatter and the weather generally warmer than for the four Buildup races, but Sunday in Fairfield it turned out to be colder than any of the winter runs. Temperatures at the 7:30 a.m. start were below freezing, and despite a bright sun they never cracked the 40-degree mark before the last runner finished more than three hours later.

Ansonia's Tim Milenkevich, who placed second overall in the Buildup series, was far ahead of anyone else at the Blowout. His time of 1:51:12 was 5 ½ minutes ahead of Westporter Blake Benke’s. Milenkevich, unlike many of the 100 participants, isn't preparing for the Boston Marathon, set for three weeks from Monday, but for a 26-miler in Providence on May 1. "I did Boston last year, but I got tired of the hassles," he said. "I think I can run a better marathon in a smaller race."

The women's winner, Aviva Goldstein, is definitely set for Boston -- the race goes through her hometown of Brookline. Her time of 2:09:47, just under a 7-minute-mile pace, put her almost six minutes up on Cathrine Wolden, who won the Buildup women's series title last year.

This year, the Blowout offered a "Half Blow," a 15- kilometer run for those not up for the longest non-marathon distance normally contested. Complete results are available at the race website .

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