The quantity may have been less, but the quality was still there.
Harvey, the 2016 Hartford Marathon champion, ran alongside Oakley and Brian Doyle after the first mile, which the trio passed in a quick 4:44. Harvey and Oakley would begin to distance themselves from Doyle by the time they reached 1.5 miles. The duo would hit the two-mile mark at 9:39. Harvey would pass three miles in 14:37, a point he held a sizable eight-second cushion on Oakley.
Tom O'Neil was third overall with a 25:16 clocking. Doyle took fourth at 25:22 and Liam Harris was fifth in 25:25.
In the women's race, last year's runner-up Salome Kosgei got it right this time. But just barely. Kosgei broke the tape with a time of 28:13 (29th overall), a mere second ahead of Jessica Broderick (30th overall)..
The race drew 357 finishers.