It was a ways off the times posted in the men's competitive wave, but Justin Perry, of Westminster, had a lot to be happy about with his finish in the "non-competitive" wave of the Pearl Street Mile footrace.

Not only did the 13-year-old shave more than four seconds off his time from last year's mile, he won his wave Wednesday evening, finishing with a time of 5:29.

"It's just fun in general," Justin said of running, a sport he's embraced for five years.

He celebrated his victory with his parents, Annabelle and Jim. It was dad, a longtime runner himself, who recommended Justin run the mile, the signature event of Boulder's Downtown Boulder Race Series.

"I used to run this race years ago," Jim Perry said, adding that he always enjoyed it. "I kind of passed the torch on to him."

With the men's and women's competitive waves, the non-competitive and downtown Boulder business waves and the kids' half-mile race, the event drew an estimated 400 entrants this year, according to Downtown Boulder Inc. organizers.

That's not to mention the friends, family members and other onlookers gathered on the mall to check out the race before That Eighties Band took the nearby Band on the Bricks stage.

"It's great to see everyone in the community come out and enjoy downtown," race series manager Joanna Ackley said. "The race welcomes people of all ages and abilities. For some people, this is their first race, and then we get some elites and Olympic athletes."


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Bob Africa, president of toy manufacturer Kidrobot, crossed the finish line first in the business wave, but the three-person team from Newton Running won the wave overall.

Ackley estimated that runners as young as 2 and older than 80 participated in the race.

Among those who tackled the children's half-mile was 6-year-old Will Becker. The Longmont grade-schooler chose the race over going to T-ball practice Wednesday.

"It's just fun," said Will, who finished his half-mile in 3:56.

Mom Terzah Becker, who did not run the Pearl Street Mile but is training for a half marathon next month, said she and Will planned to stick around until the end of the event. His participation earned him free frozen yogurt.

"I think it's a great event," Terzah Becker said. "It's very family-friendly, but you also get to see some of the best runners in the country run in the pro waves."

Boulder's Maggie Callahan won the women's competitive wave, finishing at 5:10, while Dey Dey, of Colorado Springs, won the men's competitive wave, posting an event best time of 4:13.

The Pearl Street Mile is the second of three events in the Downtown Boulder Race Series. The West End 3K took place June 5, and the East End 2K will be Aug. 10.

Contact Camera Staff Writer Joe Rubino at 303-473-1328 or rubinoj@dailycamera.com.