What if they held a 13.1-mile road race and nobody showed up? That hasn’t been a problem through 25 years for the Covered Bridges Half Marathon, and it wasn’t an issue — even in steady rain — on Sunday when nearly 1,900 runners completed the route from the Suicide Six Ski Area in Pomfret to the polo field in Quechee.
Sunday’s race held a familiar ring to those who are regular participants. Enfield’s Rich Smith, 46, won the event for the fifth year in a row and the sixth time since 2008, completing the route in 1 hour, 16 minutes, 34 seconds. Lebanon’s Harrison Little, 30, finished second about 2½ minutes behind.
There was a repeat winner in the women’s division as well. Windsor’s Phoebe Novello, 22, took third place overall in 1:19:48. Novello sliced nearly four minutes off her time from 2015 and moved up 13 places in the final standings from her finish last June.