The last time Mary Dolan Zengo competed in the Westport Minute Man Race at Compo Beach, there was snow on the ground.

But for the 47-year-old Wilton resident and more than 1,300 other runners, Sunday's running of the 35th annual 5k-10k races brought warmer temperatures and a relaxing atmosphere.

"It's beautiful here. Look at it. You can't beat it," Dolan Zengo said after finishing the 10k in 38 minutes and 41 seconds, placing her 11th overall and first among females.

Sponsored by the Westport Young Women's League, the races drew runners from all over Fairfield County and neighboring states.

"People love it," said Beth Atlas, the race chairperson. "It's a great community event -- otherwise we wouldn't have 1,300 runners."

Some were there for leisure, while others, like 31-year-old Timothy Milenkevich of Ansonia, ran to win. Milenkevich took first in the 10k with a blistering time of 33:11 -- more two minutes faster than the runner-up, Stephen Pinkelstein, of Westport (35:12).

"It means a lot," Milenkevich said of the win. "I work at Target Training in Westport. So at my place of business, I like to dominate the races in that town. I accomplished that today."

Fairfield's Christopher Barrett placed third in the 10k in 35:53, while Tom Harding of Westport (36:29) and James Carlton of Riverside (37:14) rounded out the top five finishers.

Westport's Luke McCambley won the 5k in 16:10.

The 3.1-mile and 6.2-mile courses, which began and ended at the Compo Beach entrance, were relatively flat tracks for runners. While the terrain paved the way for fast times -- some personal records -- the scenary was also a welcomed site to runners.

"There's nothing like running by the beach. It makes Westport special," said Lance Kichler, 25, of Westport, who finished 10th in the 5k in 19:59.

For first-time participants of the race like Kichler, and for returning runners, the event was an enjoyable one.

"I think it's a great event," Kichler said. "It's absolutely gorgeous, being by the water. ... Families, friends, everybody comes out. It's a gorgeous day. Overall, it's a lot of fun."

Dolan Zengo, who last competed in the Minute Man Race "10 to 15 years ago," added: "I love being out there. There's great people. Look at how many people came out today."

All net proceeds from the race's registration fees and sponsorship dollars are donated to over 30 local charities and organizations.

"I think it ran really smoothly this year," Atlas of the race.

Danny Tateo of Armonk, N.Y. was second in the 5k in 17:18, while Hank Berkowitz of Norwalk (18:27), Zac Zeitlin of Westport (18:49) and Wesley Oliviera of Bridgeport (19:21) rounded out the top five. Amanda Parrish of Norwalk was the top female finisher, coming in eighth overall (19:44).; 203-255-4561 ext. 114;

35th annual Minute Man 5k and 10k race (at Compo Beach)

5k top finishers: 1. Luke McCambley, Westport (16:10); 2. Danny Tateo, Armonk, N.Y. (17:18); 3. Hank Berkowitz, Norwalk (18:27); 4. Zac Zeitlin, Westport (18:49); 5. Wesley Oliviera, Bridgeport (19:21).

10k top finishers: 1. Timothy Milenkevich, Ansonia (33:11); 2. Stephen Pinkelstein, Westport (35:12); 3. Christopher Barrett, Fairfield (35:53); 4. Tom Harding, Westport (36:29); 5. James Carlton, Riverside (37:14); 6. Blake Benke, Westport ( 37:54); 7. Wantuil Souza, Bridgeport (38:09); 8. Ryan Hayes, Darien (38:09); 9. Patrick Mermagen, Westport (38:16); 10. David Kochi, Westport (38:39).