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Someone Old, Someone New Win New Canaan XC Races

The heat and humidity didn't deter runners from coming out for the second race in the 32nd annual Summer Cross Country Series at Waveny Park on Tuesday evening. Eighty competitors, the youngest just 9 years old, covered 2.5 miles through the fields and trails of the park in what has become a rite of summer for local runners.

Stamford's Jeff Watson, who has been participating in the twilight events since he was in high school, was the swiftest finisher, crossing the line in 14:37. Watson is a seasoned veteran of the New Canaan races. But a newcomer, Caroline Koenig of Westport, was the women's winner and finishing in ninth place overall. "I love cross country," said Koenig, who was a member of the Staples girls team last autumn. "When I saw this race on the schedule, I said we had to go. I'll be coming to these every week."

Obviously, many runners feel the same way. The field size of 80, considered a large turnout in the past, became the average last year. The low-cost, low-key races used to be one of Fairfield County's best-kept running secrets. But after three decades, the word has gotten around.

Complete results of the first two races, as well as a schedule of the remaining events for the summer, can be found at the Club Connecticut website .

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