"It's about time," remarked Ed Colvin, only 19 years old, after winning the 19th Annual Corrib Classic 5K Race on Sunday.
While most runners were happy to get out on the course, Colvin had a mission to win, after finishing second, the previous three years.
The Catholic Memorial alum came streaking down Lagrange Street with a 100-yard lead on the next runner to finish. "It was tough. I led most of it," said Colvin, who ran for Brandeis University as a freshman.
After Colvin the rest of the more than 2,500 runners crossed the finish line and headed onto Billings Field to catch up with old friend, family, and enjoy a pony ride or two.
After finishing, Allison MacDougall joined her husband Steve, and two kids, Ella, 6, and Sam, 4, who had run the Corrib Kids Fun Run earlier in the day.
we're thankful for all the volunteers, we couldnot do it wihout it. i'm just proud ot be a part of the committe, tony bligh.
"I did well. I've run it before," said Allison. Ella and Sam said they enjoyed the kids fun run and showed off their medals given to all participants in the fun run.
West Roxbury residents Chris Vonseggern and Mike McDonald, joined each other with some beers, (canine) dogs, on the field, after running. "It's a great neighborhood race and a great time," said McDonald.
After running, Porter Cafe owner Dermot Loftus joked with Tom "TD" Dougherty about TD pouring Loftus a beer this time, as TD was helping pour for the Corrib (each runner older than 21 gets two beers as a part of registration).
Corrib Charitable Trust Committee Member Tony Bligh talked about one of the biggest reason the event is so succesful, "We're thankful for all the volunteers, we couldn't do it without them."
Nearby Boston City Councilors Mike Ross and Matt O'Malley spoke about running the Corrib Classic. It was Ross' first time, but O'Malley is a seasoned veteran of running the course.
Ross said O'Malley invited him to run, "It's an excellent and competitive course... It's a great way to see West Roxbury... There's a strong sense of community and sometimes the best way to see a community is to run there."
Like Ross, O'Malley said he appreciates kids and adults being on the race route handing out water on their own.
Said O'Malley, "I held steady of (my prediction) of beating the street sweepers. It wasn't a great (race) time for me."
And while Ross and O'Malley weren't making any predictions for next year, nor any personal goals of winning the Corrib Classic, you can bet on this year's winer being in the front of the pack for years to come.
Said Colvin, "I'll be back until I'm too old and can't run anymore."