The sun was shining, and the air was cool Friday night. Perfect road race conditions to any veteran runner.
Runners from all over the state were warming up as they readied themselves to race "Central New York's fastest mile."
The 10th Annual Oneida Savings Bank Wilber-Duck Mile was held June 19. Runners started and finished on Broad Street in front of the Wilber-Duck Chevrolet lot.
Runners and walkers donated canned goods to support the Salvation Army while the event's proceeds went to benefit the Oneida United Way and Oneida High School.
Runners eagerly stretched and warmed up as the one-mile walk commenced at 6:45 p.m. Several runners discussed their race strategy as many aimed to finish in the top to earn the $100 first place prize. The man or woman that broke their division's course record would award a $50 bonus.
The Oneida fire and police departments raced in he "car push" for the second year in a row. Although the race was close, the fire department edged out their competition to take home the win.
The women's race could finally start once the "car push" race was finished. The course record of 4:56 was left untouched as the winner Hollie Marcelle, 16, crossed the line first with a mile time of 5:48.
Marcelle, a student at Cazenovia High School, coasted to the finish with a lead over second place by more than 20 seconds.
The men's race was competitive from the beginning with several runners vying for the lead within the first quarter mile. Pulling away from the pack, Alex Grout, 23, of Clifton Park, finished with a time of 4:26 only to miss breaking the record by a mere nine seconds.
Community members cheered on the walkers and runners while they enjoyed refreshments complements of Napoleon's Caf (c), Big Cheese Pizza, Murphy's Diner, Mr. Wimpy's Ice Cream and Mr. Nutty's Nuts.
Upcoming road races in the state can be found at fleetfeetsports.com.