2018 Pumpkin Run Results & Photos

By Kathy Brown.

Start of 5k

On cool, partly sunny October 28, 2018, the 25th Pumpkin Run was held to benefit Youth & Family Services of Haddam Killingworth. “This was my first Pumpkin Run and what an introduction!” said Laurie Ruderfer, the new Director of YFSH-K. “The weather held, which was perfect for the runners, Hartford Marathon was a great partner and the community came out in numbers to cheer the runners on and work with us to make the day a success. I am thrilled to be a part of a community so willing to lend their time and talents in support of our agency and our work to support the youth and families of Haddam and Killingworth.” 

YFSHK Staff: Sean Macauley, Laurie Ruderfer, Lindsey Lehet

Carol Dupuis, who also works for Youth & Family Services, said that when their Food Truck backed out of the event, “The Democrat and Republican Town Committees stepped up last minute to be sure we had food on hand, and additionally offered convenient voter registration to the community. It was special to have our First Selectwomen from both towns, different parties, come together to support and ‘kick off’ the Run. That’s part of what community is all about.”

There were 224 entries in the 5k. Top five results for some of the divisions are listed under the sponsors.

Youth & Family Services of H-K would like to thank the following sponsors:

Gold Sponsors $1,000:

  • MAWC, CPA’s
  • RWC, LLC, Attorneys

Silver Sponsors $500:

  • Cornerstone Construction
  • Haddam Lions Club
  • Killingworth Lions Club
  • MIKES’ Automotive
  • New Image Automotive
  • Robert’s Food Center
  • Tower Laboratories
  • Higganum Pharmacy

Bronze $250:

Start of Kids Fun Run

  • River Valley Oil
  • A & E Creative Solutions
  • The Lee Company
  • Nancy Dansereau & Associates
  • Whittlesey 
  • Hillcrest Agency 
  • Middlesex Hospital  
  • Schumack Construction  
  • Winterberry Farm

Other:

  • Killingworth Pharmacy
  • Douglas Callis, MD
  • Weise Enterprises
  • Connecticut Rental Center
  • Lyman Orchards
  • Stop & Shop Middletown
  • Chabasso Bakery
  • Cozy Corner Bakery in Killingworth
  • Higganum Country Market
  • Jenna Selgrove of Gratitude Massage

Some division results are below. For all results, please click HERE(H=Haddam/Higganum residents; K=Killingworth residents)

Behnke Family

Top 5 Male Finishers

  1. Julian Spector (H) 19:08
  2. Erik Kastner 20:29
  3. David Behnke (H) 20:44
  4. Ross Hanson 20:52
  5. Colton Merola (K) 20:53

Top 5 Female Finishers

  1. Kelsey Seddon 21:42
  2. Sara Hansen 21:53
  3. Allison Behnke (H) 22:42
  4. Rebecca Wilansky (H) 22:46
  5. Grace Mitchell (H) 23:16

Top 5 Male Finishers, age 9 and under

  1. Alexander Weise (H) 28:51
  2. Lucas Packtor (H) 31:47
  3. Joseph Rizzo (H) 34:23
  4. Quinn Spector (H) 34:30
  5. Sawyer Todd (H) 34:51

Top 5 Female Finishers, age 9 and under

Carlos & Jacki Xavier (CrossFit)

  1. Charlotte Behnke (H) 27:12
  2. Amelia Riggs (H) 32:44
  3. Lea Rubino (H) 36:15
  4. Mackenzie Pierce (H) 36:19
  5. Rory Kaplowitz (H) 39:15

Top 5 Male Finishers, age 10-14

  1. Colton Merola (K) 20:53
  2. Zenon Kolcio (H) 21:02
  3. Carter Hayash 22:22
  4. Soren Tassmer (H) 23:39
  5. Joseph Giaccone (K) 23:39

Top 5 Female Finishers, age 10-14

  1. Grace Mitchell (H) 23:16
  2. Leah Chester (H) 25:07
  3. Avelinn Browne 25:27
  4. Brigitte Battistoni (H) 28:43
  5. Payton Kaplowitz (H) 28:44

    CrossFit runners

Top Male Finishers, age 70-74

  1. John Morawski 31:28

Top Female Finishers, age 70-74

  1. Jan Bosworth 46:53
  2. Nancy Height (H) 55:49

Photos by R. Munster and E. Munster.

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