Nick Wilkins checks his watch as he breaks from the starting line. Wilkins finished second in the 15K with a time of 55:58.
The first wave of runners heads down the hill during the Birch Bay Road Race on April 6.
Helen Taubeneck walks her dog Benny to the starting line before the race. “He’s the runner,” she said. “He got me into running.”
Photos by Brandy Kiger Shreve