MOUNT VERNON — For most people, waking up in the morning to see heavy clouds and temperatures in the upper 50s would be considered downright dreary.
For runners, it’s paradise.
Saturday’s 33rd Annual UPI 5 Mile Run/Walk at the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival could not have had better conditions. Even the rain, predicted to come down in buckets, held off to a light drizzle for the duration of the event.
Todd Hawkins appreciated the conditions. The Mount Vernon resident ran the best time with a 25:12.
“It was perfect weather,” said Hawkins. “And this course is nice and flat.”
Saturday’s run was Hawkins’ first competitive competition in months. He suffered a stress fracture in his foot in the winter and had to sit out for awhile.