Cupid Made Me Do It! Results

The fifth annual Cupid Made Me Do It 2 Mile Urban Challenge took place on Saturday, February 11th, in downtown Willimantic. This year, runners dealt with snow, ice, cold temps and windy conditions; in other words the usual. The course, modified to avoid icy bridges, ran the length of Main St on two loops.

Runners lined up on Riverside Dr at 10:00 and were welcomed to town by the reigning Willimantic Cupid and good will ambassador David Wollmer. He then started the race and they took off  headed west. They included about forty members of the Run 169 Society and about fifteen young runners from the Rectory School in Pomfret.

The first two runners to cross the finish line neck and neck were Paul Baldini from North Haven in 12:30 and Willimantic Fire Chief Marc Scrivener one second behind. Coming in third was David Radcliffe from Meriden in 12:37. The first female finisher was Amanda White from Windsor Locks in 14:34. Amanda also won the raffle for a complimentary Tattoo from race sponsor Thread City Ink. The second place female runner was Kate McHugh from West Hartford followed by Lori Riley from Mansfield.

And what would a Cupid run be without romance. The highlight of the day was when David Schreiter crossed the finish line, got on one knee, and proposed to Nina Bazinet as she crossed the finish line. She accepted. Now let’s see if we can get them to get married at next year’s race.

After the race, runners and spectators went to the Baptist Church for awards, refreshments, and, of course, chocolate. A check for $1400 was presented to charity partner Windham Area Interfaith Ministry. Most then stayed in town for the Romantic Willimantic Chocolate Festival.

Race Result here

Race Photos here

Santa Made Me Do It Results

The final race on the 2016 First Mile calendar took place on December 3rd in Bethlehem, CT. The 3rd running of the Santa Made Me Do It brought 170 runners and walkers, many in holiday costumes, to the Bethlehem Town Green.b30a6156

The day’s events started with a Kid’s Fun Run, all winners. Then at 10:00, runners and walkers lined up and started their run through historic Bethlehem.

After completing the rolling course through the rural countryside, runners finished at the Town Green. The overall winners were Rob Polansky of Meridenimg_3081 in 19:39 and Natalia Carvalho from Naugatuck in 21:50. The 2nd and 3rd place male winners were Jack Paulin from and John Minervino and the 2nd and 3rd place females were Donna Poliquin and Elizabeth Wright.b30a6042

After the race, many participants stayed for the 36st Annual Christmastown Festival. Go here for complete race results and here for race photos.

Turkey Can Can Results

The 4th Annual Turkey Can Can presented by Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm took place on Saturday, November 19th, in Sterling, CT. Under summertime conditions, 82 runners experienced a little bit of everything before crossing the finish line. The course started with two laps around a cinder track, followed by a short run down Rte 14 and then 1/10 of a mile on the Moosup Valley Rail Trail. Runners then attacked a mile long hill on town roads, followed by a lengthy downhill and then finished the final 1/10 over grass; something for everyone.img_3032

The first to cross the finish line was Turkey Can Can veteran Cindy Ouilette in a speedy 21:15. The second and third place females were Karen Houle and Jocelyn Richards, 7th and 8th overall. The first male finisher was William Liebler in 21:57, who was 2nd overall and one of four members of the Liebler family to run. The 2nd and 3rd place men were Craig Beers and Steve Finton.

As usual, the beneficiary was the Project PIN Sterling/Plainfield Food Pantry. At a time when the need has never been greater, in addition to cash, the runners donated a truck full of food. The 2017 event will be img_3012held on November 18th.

See Race Results here

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Devil Made Me Do It Results

The 5th Annual Devil Made Me Do It 6.66 Mile Road Race took place in Glastonbury on Sunday, October 30th.img_2913

Runners assembled at the Smith Middle School and ran throughout the adjacent Addison neighborhood before completing the final 2 miles on the Bell St Multi-Use Trail. The first finisher was Scott Hart in 42:52, followed by Brian Kugal in 44:20 and Johnathon Feldman in 44:23. The first female to cross the finish line was Brooke Lopedota, 7th overall, in 49:47. Brooke was followed by Liz Garrett in 51:38 and Rachel Joyce in 52:23. Many runners elected to take on the Not-So-Devilish 3.33 Miler. The winner of that race was Casey Liebler in 21:39, followed by Peter Armon in 22:12 and Russell Saucierin 28:30. The first female finisher and 3rd overall was Elizabeth Mashiak in 23:30, followed by Tristin Dadpsis, 4th overall, in 28:20, and Heidi Pope, 6th overall in 28:58.img_2959

All runners received Devil Horns and a “I Beat The Devil” finisher medal. Before the race started, plaques were awarded in three costume categories. Kurt Lang from Glastonbury won “The Most Devilish”. The Pumpkin Smugglers; Alicia and Sebastian Curria and their little pumpkin, won the “Best Group”.  And the 169 Society won “The Most Spirited”. This year’s event benefited the animal rescue organization Kenway’s Cause, whose many volunteers help make the event a success.

For complete results and photos, go to race results and race photos.

And mark October 29th, 2017 for next year’s Devilish fun.2016103095085307img_280920161030_085331




Loredana Nesci Memorial Results

About 100 runners and as many walkers showed up at Meriden’s Hubbard Park on Sunday morning, October 23rd, for the 2nd Loredana Nesci Memorial 5K. Participants enjoyed the beautiful run around the reservoir with foliage peaking and temperatures in the 50’s. They also knew why they were there, to remember Loredana who last year was a victim of domestic homicide. This event was held in her honor, as well as all victims of domestic violence. Chrysallis, a domestic violence services provider, was the beneficiary.
The course was largely uphill for the first half, and then downhill to the finish. In first place was local Meriden runner Derrek Destefano in 17:44, followed by Ismail Orabi from Wallingford and Patrick Rosen from Plantsville. On  the women’s side, it was Plantsville’s Gina Levesque finishing first in 23:42, followed by Keyleigh Townsend from Meriden and Mary Bernier from Hamden. About a dozen members of the Nesci family participated. Several media covered the event, including CBS Chanel 3 and NBC Channel 30. An article from the Meriden Record Journal can be found here.
Complete results can be found here

Stamford Stand Up Results

The 3rd Annual Stamford Stand Up For Youth took place on Saturday October 22nd. In spite of
the cold rainy conditions, a spirited group of runners and walkers assembled at the starting line
for the 11:00 race. img_2752
After running along the Stamford shore and boardwalk, and through Kosciuszko Park, the first to cross the finish line was Keith Coburn from Waterford. He was followed by Tony Hebon from Bridgeport and Alexander Lopez from Stamford.
The top three women were Lynette Martinez from Stamford, Aleasha Coburn from Waterford, and Kathryn Dana from Norwalk. After the last walker crossed the finish line, everyone went to Pinot’s Palette for awards, post-race food, and to rehash the race.img_2768
For complete results click here
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Strides for Scholars Results

Bigelow Hollow State Park in Union is a beautiful place to visit in the Fall when the leaves are turning. Its even nicer when you are there to run a 5K trail race. 100+ runners and walkers did just that on Sunday, October 16 th , for the 3 rd annual Strides For Scholars. This event, the only timed race in the Town of Union, is held to benefit the Union School Scholarship Foundation.img_2663

The first runner to emerge from the woods and cross the finish line was Brett Stoeffler from Tolland in 18:36. He was followed by Ken Clark from Somers and James Pierce from Woodstock. Natalia Carralho from Naugatuck was the first female finisher in 23:38, followed by Elizabeth Wright from Newington and Salena Chatman from Middletown. The Liebler family from Southington was well represented as 8-year-old Jacqueline and 10-year- old Billy won their age groups, and 41-year-old dad William finished 2nd in his.  All age group award winners received “Diplomas”.img_2711

Get 2016 race results here

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Hartland Harvest Run Results

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.img_2613

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.img_2612

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

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Benny’s Run Race Results

When Holly Nieweem tragically lost her brother Benny to suicide, she decided to do something about it, and created the Benny Fund and Benny’s Run in his memory. That was in 2013 and since then this annual event has raised thousands of dollars supporting suicide prevention and scholarships in his name.img_2450

This past Saturday, Oct 1, saw the fourth running of this 5K Run and Walk. And while there was a steady rain coming down when registration opened at 8:00, it didn’t deter 200+ runners and walkers from showing up and participating. And when the starting gun went off at 10:00, the rain had stopped and it turned into a beautiful fall day.img_2459

Runners and walkers faced a mostly uphill first mile on this point-to-point course before enjoying two miles of downhill to the finish line at Sears Park. The first male to cross the finish line was Charlie Grillo from West Hartford in 18:55, followed by Julien Minnick in 19:49 and David Hansen in 19:52 who came in from New York City. The first female finisher was Tracy Mantabano in 24:05, followed by Katie Ireland in 26:01 and Gyanna Russell in 26:33. All three are local East Hampton runners.

After the 5K, a Kid’s Fun Run took place. Forty future Olympians made their way around the ¼ course, crossing the finish and earning finisher medals. When all of the running and walking was in the books, everyone convened at the community center for a cookout.img_2509

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