Teen wins Jingle Bell Run; Odell is fastest female
Runners break from the starting line of the Jingle Bell Run in Litchfield on Saturday. John McKenna photos
The 35th annual Jingle Bell Run sponsored by Litchfield's Parks and Recreation Department drew 112 runners on Saturday, many of the clad in Christmas outfits or the colors of the season.
Andrew Taborsak, 13, of New Milford won the 3.1-mile race in 18 minutes, 47 seconds. Second place went to Chris Mangini, 18, of New Hartford in 18:58.
Sherri Odell of Litchfield was the fastest female, placing sixth overall in 19:46. She won a large jug of maple syrup donated by Brookside Farm II in Litchfield and, for being the first female finisher from Litchfield, a gift certificate for a Christmas tree at Litchfield Hills Nursery.
Brynn Bergin of Goshen was the runner up female, finishing eighth overall in 19:51. She received a smaller jug of maple syrup. Mike Main received a gift certificate for a Christmas tree for being the first male finisher from Litchfield. Main was fifth overall in 19:34.
First Selectman Leo Paul Jr. provides welcoming remarks.
Andrew Taborsak of New Milford was the first to finish.
With Lindsay Murphy of Litchfield and First Selectman Leo Paul Jr. looking on, Peter Tavino of Litchfield operates his drone to record a video of the start.
Mike Main was the first Litchfield finisher.
Sherri Odell of Litchfield was the first female finisher.
Brynn Bergin of Goshen crosses the finish line.
Bryan Atwood of Litchfield gives his all in the homestretch.
Parks and recreation Director Brent Hawkins, left, heads for home.
Greg Oneglia of Litchfield and his grandson, Jack.
Brent Hawkins ran the awards ceremony with Lisa Beyer, left, and Beth Murphy.
Below, two drone photos taken by Peter Tavino showing the field making its way down Constitution Way.