Scott Holmes of Middletown set a 5:50/M pace and placed first overall with a time of 18:04.0. Manya Swick of Niantic won the Overall Female Open Winners with a new course record time of 19:41:0. Emily Halligan of Middlefield set the old overall female record in 2008. Wallingford resident, Jim Drummond, placed second in his category and 4th overall with a 6:01/M pace and a time of 18:40.0
Runners from around the Greater Middletown area joined family and friends for the $cholarship 5K run at Middlesex Community College in Middletown, CT. Funds raised from the event will benefit scholarship funds for Middlesex Community College Foundation, Inc.
“It’s an enjoyable and pretty course, not hilly or too challenging. This is my second year running this, beating my time by 40 seconds. We bring a group of students from Wesleyan University and plan to do this again next year,” said Scott Holmes, associate professor of molecular biology and biochemistry at Wesleyan University.
“The 5K race is a wonderful event that obviously brings the community together,” said Interim President of Middlesex Community College, Dr. Jonathan M. Daube.
Covering 5 kilometers of country roads, the family-friendly run/walk welcomed everyone including competitive runners to families with strollers. The race began at the lower parking lot at Middlesex at 10 am and looped through the scenic back roads around the college. Everyone was encouraged to return to the Student Lounge to enjoy the big-band sound provided by the Pratt & Whitney Screaming Eagles Band and a Military Vehicle Show featured as part of the day’s activities.
Greg Kline, director of Advancement at Middlesex, said, “Between race sponsorships, a record breaking 154 participants, and fall raffle proceeds, we raised nearly $17,000, for this event. It takes a great team effort to achieve those results. I especially want to thank our sponsors, Liberty Bank, Whelen Engineering, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, MiddleOak Insurance, Webster Bank, and Teamsters Union Local 1150, Reid and Riege, Ryan Business Systems, Technical Education Solutions, Tower Laboratories, The Lee Company, World Instructor Training Schools, Super 8 Motel-Cromwell, Thyme in a Bottle Catering, WCCC The Rock 106.9, Lyman Orchards, Connecticut Congress of Community Colleges, Haddam Lions Club, and Coca-Cola for their generous support.”
Participants in the event enjoyed a host of amenities, including pre and post-race refreshments provided by Lyman Orchards and free long sleeved race t-shirts for race entrants and volunteers.