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Running in the Twilight

Ryan Mammem wins race for his third year in row.

Amid perfect blue and sunny skies, more than 300 runners turned out to race for charity in Saturday’s Caboose Run in Clifton. According to race organizers, 212 people finished the 5K race, and 140 finished the one-mile race.

With a time of 15:38, Ryan Mammen won the 5K male division for the third year in a row. He was trailing Michael Wardian in the early stages of the race, but caught up and eventually overtook him. Eric Post was another top finisher.

In the female 5K division, Clifton resident Samantha Ferrence took first with a time of 19:38.

In the one-mile race, 12 children under the age of 12 ran sub-seven-minute miles. Fairfax Station’s Ben Ferrell, 11, won with a time of 6:02. The top female finisher, also from Fairfax Station, was Jordan Parry, 12, with a time of 6:49.

The top finishers from the Clifton Betterment Association, Samantha Ferrence and Michael Anton, were presented Brigadoon in Virginia, a book about the history of Clifton. The Caboose Award, a medal and ribbon, was given to Deborah Bryson, the last-place finisher in the 5K.

After the race ended, the Colin Thompson Band provided live music as participants partied in the local park.