The conditions would have made Goldilocks proud.

Not too hot.

Not unseasonably cold.

Just right.

And the runners and walkers taking part in the 35th edition of the Paul Skeffington Memorial Race Saturday took full advantage of it.

So did the spectators who packed Lincoln Park to enjoy music from Wild Oatz, some food from the grill, courtesy of the DeWitt Nite Lions, and a beverage or two from a beverage garden put on by Murphy’s Pub.

The spectators were soon joined by the nearly 250 competitors who pounded the pavement of DeWitt’s streets and the Paul Skeffington Memorial Trail, while tackling either the two- or five-mile races.

Leading the way were four first-time champions.

On the men’s side, victories proved to be the completion of some unfinished business for Cooper Nuss and Zach Hein, who were the runners-up in the two- and five-mile races a year ago.

Nuss, a senior-to-be at Southeast Valley High School (near Fort Dodge), dropped 35 seconds from his second-place time in 2021 to take the two-mile race in 11:24.

The next two runners across the finish line were Kyle and Caleb Olson, who both posted times of 11:48. Ben Zimmer also broke 12 minutes with his fourth-place time of 11:54, while Kyler Burkey rounded out the top five with his clocking of 13:34.

Hein greatly lowered his second-place time, too. He clocked in at 32:10 the year before, but took top honors this year with a winning time of 30:46.

That was little over half a minute better than runner-up Brent Blanchard and his time of 31:23, while Justin Nelson was third in 32:55 and Ron Zimmer and John Blaser rounded out the top-five with their clockings of 33:35 and 34:34, respectively.

The third overall runner across the finish line in the five-mile race was the women’s champion, Trisha Nelson, who blitzed the ladies’ field with her time of 32:13.

That was the fastest women’s clocking since 2016 at the distance and the second-fastest in the past 10 years of the race.

Nelson’s strong performance prevented a repeat championship for Crystal Burke. The Coe College track and field performer and 2020 Central DeWitt graduate still cut more than a minute from last year’s winning time, going from 36:07 to 35:04.

Kaitlyn Nawa was third with her time of 37:58, while Joanna Lochner took fourth in 40:28 and Julie Anderson fifth in 41:11.

The youngest of the four champions was 13-year-old Gabriella Ripslinger, who won the women’s two-mile race — and finished seventh overall — with a clocking of 13:42.

Makenna Hetrick was just 10 seconds back to repeat as the runner-up. Her time of 13:52 was 34 seconds faster than her second-place clocking in 2021.

Hannah Sunday was third in 14:41, while Sarah Schoel took fourth in 15:16 and Zoey Fuglsang fifth in 15:47.