On a cool, rainy Sunday morning, the local greetings were bright for the thousands of runners who turned out for the Fairfield Half Marathon, which again featured a leg through Westport’s Greens Farms neighborhood.

“I think it’s great,” said neighbor Heather Kreitler, whose Jack was one of the runners. “It’s very local. We end up knowing a lot more people than we think,” she said, waving to familiar faces in the mob of fleet-footed participants, which turned onto New Creek Road and passed the Greens Farms Railroad Station, en route back into Fairfield along Beachside Avenue.

“We’re always happy to have this part of the marathon pass through Westport,” said First Selectman Jim Marpe, who noted that the Greens Farms Association is consulted about the planning. “Westport is happy to support a good cause and a great event.”

While rain had doused the race course overnight, for the most part it held off Sunday morning, but skies were gray and temperatures cool.

“Rain is not bad for running,” noted Jon Perelstein of Stamford, a volunteer timekeeper. “It keeps you cool.”

“I’ve run this race before,” said Mitch Cohen of Westport, whose son Jesse ran the half marathon for a fourth year. “In weather like this I think it’s good.”

“This is a great event,” he said, noting that the course was especially nice as it went along the water.

“It’s very scenic and it’s very diverse,” Mary Byrnes of Westport, who has several friends running in the race, said of the course.

“I think the area is very supportive of it,” she said. “People come out and they’re very supportive of the runners and I think it’s a wonderful thing.”

“It’s fun to watch,” said Zoe Cohen of Westport. “We come every year.”

“I think it’s great,” said Micah Meisel of Westport, whose wife Rachel was one of the runners. “It’s a great celebration of fitness and perseverance and all those things.”

“It’s awesome,” said Tom Lenci, a life-long Westport resident “Energy, tons of energy. It’s great. Look at these people out here, all kinds of people, just doing it. It’s awesome.”

For some fans, the only regret is that the race has to continue up Beachside Avenue and work its way back to Fairfield.

Said Jason Lane of Westport, “We were just talking about how we wish Westport had its own race like this.”