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CPRR’s Williams takes second, sets sights on Skaggs-Walsh

Williams, 44, was clocked in at 18:33.0 for overall second place, way behind Loehr’s 17:01.1 in a field of 54 finishers, a day prior to the Long Island Marathon.

The runner-up had run in his first 5K in about a half a year.

Teammate Carlos Morales’ 25:37.3 time earned him 31st place and now he is pointing for the 25th Queens Half-Marathon set for Saturday, May 17.

Williams will skip the grind and instead compete in the Skaggs-Walsh 5K. Both races start about 8 a.m. outside of McNeil Park in College Point. The races are being conducted by the New York Road Runners Club and the CPRRTC.

Williams’ goals are to run the shorter race in around 18 minutes and be happy. He puts in around 40 miles a week of practice.

Williams recalled running in the first Queens Half-Marathon that the College Point Road Runners ever conducted.

“I grew up in College Point,” he said. “The Half-Marathon was in my hometown and I was looking forward to it. I was a hometown favorite because they gave me an award as the first College Point finisher and with a good time. It’s nice to run where you live, for the people know you and you feel comfortable. I thought it was a great race to have (under my belt).”

Other than Leo Nicholas, Williams is one of the oldest and still running members of the club.

The Half-Marathon is a money event, with $2,000 being awarded to the top three male and female finishers.

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