A crowd hit Compo Beach early Sunday, but ran away from the chilly water instead of into it.

The occasion was the 37th annual Minute Man Race, sponsored the Westport Young Woman's League, which not only drew the usual running enthusiasts, but served as the kickoff for a day-long celebration of the town's landmark Minute Man Monument, which underwent a restoration last year.

The race is one of the league's major annual fundraisers to support its charitable causes. The group's other major fundraiser is the annual CraftWestport show.

Sunday's race featured three categories: 5K and 10K runs, both beginning and ending at Compo Beach, and kids' fun runs held on the park's field.

Ansonia's Tim Milenkevich won the male 10K run and Bridgeport's Brianna Castrogivanni took top spot in the female division.

Milenkevich won with a time of 33:46, almost four minutes ahead of Christopher Viskup (37:34) of White Plains, N.Y. Tom Harding (38:01), Wantuil Souza (38:42) and Krister Holm (39:08) -- all Westport residents -- rounded out the top five.

Castrogivanni was second overall and finished in 36:59. Southport's Kristen Curren was the second female to cross the line in 39:24, Mary Zengo (Wilton) was third in 39:31 and Liz Herbert (Darien) was fourth in 39:47.

In the 5K run, Christopher Barrett of Fairfield won the race in 17:24 and Greens Farms Academy junior Alex McCall (18:35) placed second. Fellow Westporter Kate Pfeffer (18:50) was the first female to cross the line. Staples cross country and track coach Amanda Morgan (19:43) placed eighth overall.

The two races had a combined 890 entrants.

For more information and results of the events, visit http://www.wywl.com.