There is a reason that October is the most popular month for road races. Not only are the temperatures in the perfect range for running, but the foliage is spectacular. Such was the case on Saturday Oct 15 in East Hartland for the third running of the Hartland Harvest Run. Over 100 runners came out to enjoy the scenic country course.
Once again hosted by the Bethany Lutheran Bretheran Church, this year’s event benefitted Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a fund that assists Hartland families in need. Several area businesses joined the cause through sponsorship, including Windsor Federal Savings Bank, Anytime Fitness, McKenna Orthodontics, Northwest Community Bank, and Back in Touch Fitness, who also offered free post-race massages to the runners. Lox Stock and Bagels donated bagels.
Jonathon Cahill from Canton was first to cross the finish line in 17:57, followed by Jake Koteen of Granby and Jeffery Schumaker from Colebrook. The first woman to finish was Christina Bay-Smith from Windsor in 23:29, followed by Anna Starodaj from New Britain and Cheyanne Schumaker from Colebrook. Jeffery and Cheyanne were two of six members of the Schumaker family (including Tyler, Jesse, Josh, and Aiden) ranging in age from 9 to 17 who finished in the top 25.
All in all, the race was a success and plans are underway for next year’s edition, to be held on October 14, 2017.
Get 2016 race results here
Get 2016 race pictures here