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My Sister’s Place 5K Race Report & Results

2015 Race DayThe Second Annual My Sister’s Place 5K took place on Sunday, June 14, on a gorgeous spring morning. Taking place entirely on the campus of the University of Hartford, this scenic, gently rolling course is becoming a favorite among local runners. This year, Hartford Toyota was again the presenting sponsor and many other area businesses helped with their support.

This year, the first runner to complete the course was Neal Leibowitz  from South Windsor in a time of 18:50 and the first female was Stacy Clark from East Berlin, second overall. The youngest 5K finisher was Ethan Smith, age 5, from Bristol. The first walker to complete the 2 Mile course was Rebecca Shinkoff from South Windsor.

There was also team competition. A total of 21 teams entered. The award for Fastest Team went to Hartford Toyota. The Most Generous Team was Naubuc School, the Biggest Team was Easier Said Than Run, and the Most Playful Team was Winner Circle Community Movement.

After the race, runners enjoyed post-race bagels, fruit, granola bars, homemade cornbread donated by Smokin With Chris Restaurant, and much camaraderie.

2015 Race Day IIAll in all close to 200 runners and walkers participated. My Sister’s Place helps Hartford area women and their children who are homeless and victims of domestic violence. Their goal for this event was to raise money to fund a playground for their clients and they are well on their way.

For complete results, click here.

Jubilee Run Race Report & Results

The Enfield Montessori School is celebrating its fiftieth year with a number of events. The latest

was last Saturday’s Jubilee Run which, in spite of rainy conditions, drew almost 100 enthusiastic

runners and walkers.

 

Things began with a kid’s fun run where 25 young runners raced around a ¼ mile course all

finishing as winners. The 5 K run and 2 mile walk was next. The first runner to cross the finish

line was Matthew Mangold from Manchester in 21:14 and the first female was Taylor Page from

Suffield, 4th overall. Ironically, the first walker was Cheryl Walker from Somers. Afterward, all

participants enjoyed homemade baked goods.

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All in all, everyone had a great time and now there is talk of a 51st anniversary 5K. For complete

results, click here.

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Spring Glen 5K Race Results

IMG_0677The first Spring Into Spring Glen 5K took off on a beautiful spring day and was, by all measures, a huge success.. Held at Hamden’s Spring Glen Elementary School this was a real community event and benefited the school’s PTA . The day’s activities started with a Kid’s Race. 80 young runners navigated the ¼ mile course on school grounds and all crossed the finish line as winners.

Next up was the 5K Race and 2 ½ Mile Walk. Traversing the neighborhood around the school and finishing down Whitney Ave, the first to cross the finish line was Jeffrey Townsend in 18:13, followed by Tyler Heywood in 18:37 and Joseph Shapiro in 19:47. The first female finisher was Amanda Pellowe, in second place was Stephanie Barnett, and in third place Mary Glickman. The youngest 5k runner was Bryan Cupano, age 5, and the most senior runner 89 year old Herman Bershtein. When it was all said and done, 225 runners and 45 walkers registered

Complete results can be found here.

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Thanks

Thanks goes out to the Hamden High school track team who provided enthusiastic volunteers on the kid’s race and along the course. And to the friends and supporters of the Spring Glen PTA who manned registration. And a big thanks to the Hamden Police Dept whose presence insured a safe course for all participants. And lastly, to Marc Goldberg, Spring Glen parent, whose idea this was and who, with his wife Judy, invested countless hours into making this event happen.

Pictures

For additional pictures from the race, check out our Flickr page.

Canterbury Opening Day 5K Race Results

IMG_0273The first Opening Day 5K got off to a great start with 170 runners and walkers crossing the finish line on a beautiful Spring day. John Minervino  of Higganum was the overall winner in 19:25 and the first female finisher was Cindy Ouelette from Moosup in 21:20. As usual, the many members of the 169 Society that participated made it an event with their enthusiasm and overall energy.

For complete result, click here.

 

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Strong Family Chicken Run Results & Photos

IMG_0254It looks like spring is finally starting to show itself and runners everywhere are celebrating. Nowhere was this more evident than at the 2nd Annual Strong Family Chicken Run where close to 400 runners, walkers and kids participated. Once again the race enjoyed the support of volunteers from CERTS, the Police Cadets, and the many friends of Strong Farm.

Local Vernon runners led the way with Brian Nelson winning the overall race in 17:09 and with Jillian Ellefson the first female to cross the finish line in 23:18.  Michael Ingram of Manchester and Zoltan Rigo of Berlin were the second and third place finishers and Lauren Hurst of West Simsbury and Erica Lebaron of Tolland the second and third female finishers.

Complete results can be found here.

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Lyme Road Race Results & Photos

IMG_0140April 11, 2015 marked the first time that a timed road race took place in the Town of Lyme and over 200 runners and walkers came out to celebrate the occasion. On possibly the perfect day for a run, they made their way down country roads past farms and historic homes and on to the finish line at Ashlawn Farm. Ashlawn Farm; scenic dairy farm turned coffee roaster was the ideal location to stage the event. The two loop course was slightly rolling and got high reviews from all participants.

Results

First to cross the finish line was Kevin Turko of West Hartford in 16:37, followed by Brian Whitney of Groton and Bruce Christenson of Bolton. Heidi Decosta of Niantic was the first female finisher in 20:36, followed by local runner Winnie Edmed of Lyme and Melanie Champion of Meridian. All six received $50 gift certificates from Soundview runner.

Thank You

IMG_0633Thanks to Hildie Heck and Michael Secord, race organizers, Chip and Carol Dahlke, owners of Ashlawn Farm  who generously offered to host the event, and the members of the 169 Society who came out in force and made this a real special day.

For complete results click Here. For pictures check out our Flickr Page!

Cupid Made Me Do It! Race Report & Results

IMG_0485Why would people go out in mid-February with the thermometer at minus 5 to run 2 miles through howling winds over ice and snow? The answer is simple: Cupid made them do it.  The third running of the Cupid Made Me Do It Urban Challenge in Willimantic went off on schedule and 105 dedicated runners and walkers braved conditions to cross the finish line. They came in all shapes, sizes, and ages from throughout the state to test their mettle. They represented all eight Connecticut counties and parts of Massachusetts. The award for traveling  the farthest went to Erin Gionet from Stratham, New Hampshire.  Hester Maisfehlt of Chester was the youngest finisher at age 5 who crossed the finish line just ahead of her dad William. And the most senior finisher was Thomas McIntosh, Jr; 77 and going strong. As usual, the members of the 169 Society were well represented, with 35+ members making the most noise cheering on their fellow competitors.

 

IMG_0445After the race, most participants continued to celebrate Valentine’s Day by taking part in Willimantic’s Chocolate Festival. If you missed out on this year’s event, don’t worry, plans are already underway for next year’s Cupid Made Me Do It, which will be held on February 13, 2016. Online registration will open tomorrow (Monday, February 16) and anyone registering between now and the end of February can do so for $19 or a $6 discount, and be guaranteed of a T-Shirt.  Hope to see you next year.

Results

The overall winner was Charlie Grillo from Cromwell in a blistering 5:46 pace, followed by Steven Pellerin from Dayville and Edward Guimant from Vernon. The top three female finishers Lauren Stanley from Stafford Springs with a 6:59 pace, followed by Breanna Cubilla of Norwich and Shannon Kievman of Manchester.  Awards were presented to the top three finishers in eight age groups with the age group winners receiving gourmet cupcakes from A Cupcake For Later.  Complete results can be found here.

Pictures

Check out more photos from the race at the FirstMile Flickr Page!

King of Pain 2015 Race Report & Results

King of Pain 2015 SureshOn Saturday, January 31, the third running of the revived “King of Pain” took place in East Glastonbury, and, as in the previous two years, it proved to be the coldest day of the year. This annual test of will is called the King of Pain because of the many daunting hills. When runners get to the top of Belltown and turn around for the descent, the CT River Valley and the City of Hartford at their feet, they feel a sense of accomplishment that is quickly dashed with the realization that there are still 6 miles to go. Add in temperatures below 5 degrees and howling winds and this truly is “Ten Miles of Tough” But, in spite of these many challenges, 48 runners and one relay team had the grit and fortitude to tough it out.

After the race, everyone gathered for a light potluck and to share war stories. This year’s King and Queen of Pain were crowned (overall winners).  Suresh Jatti took the men’s crown at 1:09:46 and King of Pain 2015 Mary-AlexMary-Alex Zickefoose the woman’s at 1:18:03. Rounding out the top three were Jorge Kulgis (1:11:12) and Bruce Christensen (1:12:07), and Carina Halloran (1:24:24) and Yuly Susaya (1:31:20). The winner of the relay division was Three’s Company (Meredith Nash, Christine Korper, and Jon Bemhaun)

Thanks to the Glastonbury River Runners and race director Mike Keenan for putting on this free and fun event.

King of Pain 2015 Results

BIB TIME LAST NAME FIRST NAME GEN TOWN
227 1:09:46 JATTI SURESH M GLASTONBURY
224 1:11:12 KULGIS JORGE M WETHERSFIELD
242 1:12:07 CHRISTENSEN BRUCE M BOLTON
206 1:14:13 RICE KEVIN M MANCHESTER
219 1:16:39 MACDONALD KEVIN M NORWICH
245 1:18:03 ZICKEFOOSE MARY-ALEX F ANDOVER
212 1:23:52 PHILLIPS GORDON M EAST HADDAM
228 1:24:04 MCNEALEY BRIAN M BERLIN
213 1:24:10 LEE MIKE M MANCHESTER
209 1:24:24 FRITCH JUSTIN M TORRINGTON
221 1:24:24 HALLORAN CARINA F SOUTHINGTON
226 1:27:23 SERIGNESE BRIAN M GLASTONBURY
223 1:30:51 FORD DAVID M SUFFIELD
237 1:31:13 FROMETH MIKE M EAST HARTFORD
239 1:31:20 SUSAYA YULY F HARTFORD
225 1:31:44 RILHARDS GARY M EAST HARTFORD
214 1:31:55 FLYMN MARK M FARMINGTON
231 1:33:05 KANAITIS JEN F ANDOVER
207 1:33:54 SELIGMANN JAMIE F SAN DIEGO
244 1:34:36 ALCEDO GLADYS M WALLINGFORD
241 1:34:58 PRADO GIORELLY F HARTFORD
234 1:35:40 KING CATHY F MANCHESTER
203 1:35:48 BRADLEY LEE M NEWINGTON
249 1:36:22 HODSEN WANDA F
243 1:36:35 CARRIE COY F HEBRON
222 1:37:23 PABILONIA KELLY F TOLLAND
238 1:39:32 DENNCY ERIC M GLASTONBURY
217 1:39:36 O’HARA PATRICK M MYSTIC
246 1:39:49 WRIGHT BEKKIE F EAST HARTFORD
247 1:39:49 PULIQUIN JOSEPH M EAST HARTFORD
233 1:40:23 BIELENDA MITCH M S. WINDSOR
236 1:42:05 ZEVIN DAVE M GLASTONBURY
235 1:42:35 HOLCOMB BRYAN M TOLLAND
201 1:43:13 CONDON SHERRI F MIDDLETOWN
218 1:43:54 LEE YVONNE F MIDDLETOWN
210 1:46:12 BUSRO MICHELLE F WETHERSFIELD
202 1:46:52 IVAN JACKIE F MIDDLETOWN
204 1:46:52 Winaker Laura F Portland
232 1:47:06 SAVAGE KEVIN F S.GLASTONBURY
215 1:47:23 LOWRY LORI F GLASTONURY
211 1:49:27 PHILLIPS MICHELLE F EAST HADDAM
248 1:49:55 OSMOND ADAM M FARMINGTON
205 1:51:50 Ochterski Joe M Middlefield
216 1:53:09 CURRAN SIOBHAN F BROKKLYN
240 1:53:40 ALVARADO LUIS M HARTFORD
208 1:53:54 VON SCHMIDT LAURIE F NEW HARTFORD
229 1:53:54 CICCARILLO AMY F NEW BRITAIN
230 2:01:37 ZBROZEK RICH M BERLIN
220 2:01:43 FLEISHER ADAM M GLASTONURY

Santa Made Me Do It Race Results & Photos

IMG_0012The first Santa Made Me Do It 5K was held on Saturday, December 6th in Bethlehem, CT under challenging conditions.  But the cold and the rain didn’t stop the 130 runners who braved the weather, and tackled the rolling hills and beautiful countryside surrounding the town center. All were upbeat and enthusiastic, many decked out in seasonal attire. There were running Santas, snow princesses, elves, reindeer, and about a hundred tutus.

The day started with a kid’s fun run and then moved on to the 5K race. The first finisher was James McKirdy from New Britain followed by Ian McDonald from Haddam Neck  and Paul Baldini from North Haven. The first female finisher was Christy Piepmeier from Amston, followed by Sophia Rickevicius from Watertown and Hildie Heck from Lyme.

IMG_0054The 169ers were out in force. The club, whose mission is to complete a timed road race in each of Connecticut’s 169 towns, was its usual boisterous self, cheering on every runner with gusto.   A special cheer was reserved for Laurie Von Schmidt who completed her 100th town.

Complete results can be found at Cool Running here.

Check out race photos on Flickr.

 

Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm Turkey Can Can Results & Photos

Turkey Can Can 2014-004The Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm Turkey Can Can is a race celebrating Thanksgiving, but it felt more like mid-winter as runners assembled for this year’s race.

However, temperatures in the teens did not stop over 100 runners from tackling the challenges of the Moosup Valley Rail Trail.

As runners assembled at the start line, they were welcomed by Tom and Elena, owners of Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm and lead sponsors of this event. Then they were off, battling roots, rocks, sand, ice and deep ruts; a challenge that everyone met with good cheer.

Turkey Can Can 2014-008The first to return was Bruce Christienson from Bolton in a time of 20:03. The first female finisher was Cindy Ouillette from Sterling who successfully defended her 2013 title.

And as usual, the award for the most enthusiastic went to the members of the 169 Society who were out in force.

The race is held to benefit the Project PIN Food Pantry. Once again the generosity of the running community was evident as a pickup truck was filled with food donations. Project PIN serves those in need in Sterling, Plainfield, and surrounding communities. This year their needs have never been greater as they are helping over 400 area families.

CTurkey Can Can 2014-053omplete results can be found on Cool Running here.

Check out race photos on Flickr.