Hop River 5K & 10K a hopping success!

IMG_0486The 2nd Annual Hop River 5K/10K took place on Saturday, August 9th at 9 AM. The race was well attended and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive from the participants. In total, 94 runners took part in the 5K, and 53 in the 10K.

It was a beautiful, sunny, not too hot, August day. The Hop River Rail Trail is well suited for a running race; flat, soft surface, shady and scenic.


Full results are now up on Cool Running.

Congratulations in particular to our overall male and female winners:

IMG_0537Hop River 5K

Overall male winners:

  1. Thomas McManuels: 19:31
  2. Greg Paul: 19:53
  3. Jameson Nash: 20:40

 Overall female winners:

  1. Calina Glynn: 22:45
  2. Hannah Hatch: 23:09
  3. Marienella Chalfont: 23:24

IMG_0487Hop River 10K

Overall male winners:

  1. Zoltan Rigo: 39:43
  2. Ned Smith: 41:53
  3. Paul Baldini: 44:58

Overall female winners:

  1. Mary-Alex Zickefoos: 44:26 (3rd overall)
  2. Amy Daniels: 45:57
  3. Hilda Heck: 49:28

The First Mile finish linePhotos

Photos are now up on the First Mile Flickr page and are free to download. Why not share your favorite race photos on social media?


The race benefited the Andover Food Pantry. Food was collected and The First Mile presented a check for $350 to the Pantry managers.

Thank you

169 Society at the Hop River 5K 2014We would like to thank the 169 Society for supporting the event – an amazing 61 members competed in the race, and family members cheered on all participants.

We would also like to thank the Town of Andover CERTS volunteers for providing expert coverage of all of the road crossings.

Next race

We look forward to seeing you at the next First Mile event: the CT Women of Hope 5K on Sunday, September 21st!