More than two dozen runners, twinkling with reflective gear and headlamps, circled the road within Elm Bank Reservation on the Wellesley/Natick/Dover border three times on Wednesday beginning at 6 AM to recognize Winter Solstice — which technically began at 5:44 AM and marks the year’s low point for daylight.
The Sixth Annual Elm Bank 5K+ Winter Solstice Race, an informal gathering of runners from Wellesley, Natick and surrounding communities, exudes a feeling that things only can get better from here.
Breathing frosty clouds in the sub-20-degree weather, the runners — and a few hardy dogs — took off from a rainbow chalk starting line and all survived the 3.3-mile or so course.
While a lack of snow on the Elm Bank hill snuffed out the possibility of a post-race sledding run, hot coffee and group pictures nicely concluded the event.
Meanwhile, the countdown began to Summer Solstice in June…