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.

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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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My Sisters’ Place 5K

The 3rd Annual My Sister’s Place 5K presented by Hartford Toyota took place on Sunday, June 12th , on the beautiful campus of the University of Hartford. Over 200 runners and walkers came out to support this great organization and their many good works.  My Sister’s Place provides aid to women and their children who are victims of domestic violence.

The day’s activities began with a kid’s fun run. After a brief warm up, the kids all turned in a winning race. The 5K Run and 2 Mile Walk followed. First to cross the finish line was Shane Leighton from West Hartford in 18:36, followed by Justin Perugini from Plantesville in 19:06 and Tom Leonard from North Granby in 19:30.


The first female to cross the finish line was Stacey Clark from Berlin in 22:24. Olivia Natale from South Glastonbury in 23:57 and Ella Szczepanski from Farmington were second and third. Team awards were also presented. A total of twelve teams competed. Team Qualidigm won the Most Spirited Award and Hartford Toyota won the Most generous Award. The M Power Kids team won both the Fastest Team and the Biggest Team.IMG_2063

My Sister’s Place wants to thank the many sponsors who made this event possible, particularly the presenting sponsor, Hartford Toyota. And the University of Hartford who generously made their grounds and resources available for this annual event. Plans are already underway for the 2017 race.




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Enfield Montessori Jubilee Run

The 2nd Annual Race to Feed the Hungry, hosted by the Enfield Montessori School, went off on a picture perfect spring day. The day’s activities started with a Kid’s Fun Run, where 25 future Olympians crossed the finish line; all winners. The 5K Road Race and 2 Mile Walk followed. IMG_1763

The first 5K finisher was Michael Centore in 18:47, followed by David Einsiedel in 19:07 and 11 year old Zachary Stoddard in 22:26. The first female finisher was Michelle Repass in 23:20. Mackenzie Pappas and Sarah Fearon followed  in 2nd and 3rd. Finishing in 8th place overall was 71 year old Bob Ward, less than a year after suffering serious injuries after being struck by a car while jogging. An amazing comeback.

The Enfield Montessori Race to Feed the Hungry lived up to its billing, as runners and walkers filled boxes of food to donate to those in need. It is hoped that this annual event will continue to grow and make a difference in ending hunger.

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