Pumpkin Run held without snow
KENT — The 35th annual Kent Pumpkin Run was held on Saturday, Nov. 12. Hosted by the Kent Chamber of Commerce, proceeds from the race benefit the Kent Food Bank.In addition to the racing competition there were prizes for the three best men’s and women’s costumes. A designated early starter was the “pumpkin man.” Any race participant who caught up to him was awarded a pumpkin at the finish line.Six hundred and thirty people registered and 341 completed the race.The top three overall winners of the 5-mile run were: Mohamad Hrezi, male, age 20, Naugatuck, Conn., 25:09; Eric Macknight, male, age 22, Newtown, Conn., 26:13; Calvin Thigpen, male, 22, West Hartford, Conn.,26:24.The senior runner was Cicily Hajek, female, age 70, of Sharon, 1:13:59. Detailed results are available online at www.fasttrackcoaching.net/timing/Results/2011-KENT-PUMPKIN-RUN-RESULTS.t... Kent Park & Recreation Commission sponsored the annual Kent Kids Run an hour before the Pumpkin Run. It was held in the field adjacent to the Kent Green.About 40 youngsters showed up to participate. Many were enthusiastically coached by their parents.The course was a half mile. Some of the younger and less experienced youngsters ran one lap, others ran two laps. This was not an official race with timed winners. It was designed to be a fun activity for families and a way to encourage young people to engage in physical activities.The first two participants to complete the two lap, 1-mile course were Max Shapiro and Shane Berlinger from Sherman, Conn.