CARRBORO — Local runner Brock Baker’s affinity for the Four on the Fourth road race appears undampened by the rains that blanketed Carrboro last week.
Baker broke his own event record Thursday and won the 4-mile race for the fourth time in five years.
After seemingly endless days of wet weather, the clouds parted and the sun came out Thursday to allow more than 750 runners to enjoy the annual Independence Day run without rain, albeit that conditions were muggy.
Baker led the pack with a final time of 19:48.76, easily bettering his 2009 mark of 20:01.68, and finishing comfortably ahead of runner-up Thomas Graham of Cary (20:11.75). Baker was coming off a victory in the Capital City Classic 10-kilometer race May 11 in Raleigh, where he finished in 30:55.52.
Baker also won the Four on the Fourth in 2009, 2010 and 2012.
The July 4 event is the first of three legs in the Cardinal Track Club’s Le Tour de Carrboro. It continues Oct. 5 with the Carrboro 10K and concludes Nov. 28 with the Gallop & Gorge.
At least four age-group records were set. Carrboro’s Nora Daley (36:32.26) set the new female 9-under mark, while Lucas Daley (28:38.13) broke the 9-under boys’ record. Gracie Morris of Chapel Hill set a record (28:38.86) for 10-14 females. Helen McAdams of Raleigh (32:09.6) broke the record for females 60-64.
For a complete list of winners, see www.chapelhillnews.com.