As with many others, Butterflies for Maddie was a family affair for the Jhambs, with three adults running the in 5k and a child who participated in the kids' fun run.
But it was Nitin Jhamb who led the pack – and not just within his family.
He hit the finish line 17 minutes and 5 seconds after the race began -- 91 seconds before anyone else.
Jhamb said the race didn't start off as well as he would have liked.
“That first mile was all over the place,” he said as he his breathing was returning to normal.
The 32-year-old member of the Bowling Green Road Runners said he used to run at Greenwood High School and then at Vanderbilt University, but he took time off from it after college and has only been in one race since the – a half marathon last month.
“I hadn't run a 5k in eight years, so I was happy with it,” Jhamb said. “It was fun. The weather turned out a lot nicer than it led up to be.”
He added that his training had been a little bittersweet.
“I had Boston on my heart the whole week leading up to this,” he said. “I felt very relieved there was some closure to that.”
He was referring to two bomb explosions near the end of the Boston Marathon finish line on the prior Monday that killed three people and injured more than 100 others. Just the previous evening, the second of a pair of brothers suspected in the bombings was arrested. The other had died the night before that in a gun fire exchange with law enforcement officers.
Nitin Jhamb's been getting back in shape, “with this guy's help,” he said of David Haynes, 37, who had won the Butterflies for Maddie race the past two years and is a board member of the B.G. Road Runners, but was in third place Saturday at 18:45.