More than 5,500 runners took to the streets of Northport in waves Saturday for the 41st annual Great Cow Harbor Race.
The 10k race, and a 2k run that followed, also brought crowds of supporters, some dressed in cow-themed clothing or ringing cowbells to cheer on the runners.
Among the crowd were 20 to 25 members of the Pitfick family, who have been involved with the race since its second year. The John J. Pitfick Staggered Start is a family creation, said Barbara Pitfick. Far-flung members of the family, which includes grandchildren, grandnieces and grand-nephews, return each year to Northport to assist at the race.
“This is one of the best races in the country,” Karen Pitfick said. “Not too many communities come out with people playing their own music or setting up their own water stands” to support the race.
The top male finisher in the 10k was Donnie Cabral of Hartford, Conn., who also finished first last year, while Elaina Tabb of Watertown, Mass., finished first in the women’s category.
The race supports the Special Olympics, the Veterans Administration, our local food pantry, and other local causes.
Cow Harbor weekend continues Sunday with a parade at noon, followed by sidewalk sales by Northport’s merchants, Newton Shows rides and games, Arts & Crafts vendors and displays by local not for profit groups.