WILTON, Conn. While thousands were racing 26.2 miles through the streets of New York City on Sunday morning, a smaller group of runners lined up to cover 3.1 miles in Wilton.
It was the annual Halloween Hustle, sponsored by the Wilton Chamber of Commerce. It was run this year after its namesake holiday thanks to the ravages of last weekend's snowstorm. With much of the town without power and the bike path along the river subject to fallen trees and snow cover, the decision to delay the race a week was a no-brainer.
The move proved to be a winning one when the first Sunday in November dawned with perfect running weather: clear skies, light breezes and temperatures in the low 50s. The change in date produced a higher than normal number of no-shows. But those who made it took advantage of the conditions to record some fast times.
Tim Downs of Norwalk proved the quickest of the bunch. His time of 17:46 for the 3.1-mile course put him nearly a minute ahead of his closest pursuers, Wilton High School cross country teammates Adrian DiCorato and Spencer Taylor.
On the women's side, it was an all-Wilton affair, as Kacky Theoharides clocked 21:39 to best Jami Ginsburg and Margaret O'Connell, who finished virtually together in 23:13.
Complete results are available online at ClubConnecticut.org .
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