The first ever running of the East Bridgewater Bicentennial 5k featured some 194 runners on a cloudy 60-degree morning. The race was run as part of a year-long celebration of East Bridgewater’s 200th anniversary as a town.
The 5k-plus course, which traveled through East Bridgewater’s residential neighborhoods, is mostly flat with its few rolling hills totaling just over 60 feet in elevation gain. See a clip of the race’s first mile below:
Taking first overall for the men was East Bridgewater native Nick Uzzo, who broke the tape in 16:58. Uzzo, who recently graduated from East Bridgewater High School, had to fend off fellow East Bridgewater native Matthew Sebastyn, who finished 25 seconds back in 17:23. See an interview with Nick below:
Nicole Nelson of Bridgewater won the women’s race, putting in a strong kick on the race’s final slight downhill. She ran 20:08 for the win. Not far behind was second place finisher Erin Brown, who clocked an impressive 20:22. Taking third was Jen Sullivan, who ran 21:52 to finish 22nd overall.
Age group winners were announced following the race. See a video of the ceremony below.
South Shore Race Management put on the event as part of a busy late spring/early summer schedule, which has seen races in Duxbury, Mattapan, and Wareham. A full list of upcoming races can be found on the company’s website.