Coventry hosts first Harvest Run
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Coventry - posted Tue., Oct. 8, 2013
The first Coventry Harvest Run on Oct. 5 brought 238 runners to the 5K course that ended near the Nathan Hale Homestead on South Street. According to Ayako Mitchell, race co-coordinator with Maribel Hudon, the event was jointly sponsored by the Nathan Hale Homestead, Coventry Parks and Recreation, the Coventry Historical Society and the Coventry Agricultural Committee.
“It was a true community event,” said Mitchell. “That’s what we wanted it to be.” Mitchell said that the course was chosen to take runners through the most scenic parts of town, and past some of the area’s most important attractions. “It being fall, we really wanted to showcase the best of Coventry,” she said.
But the route, taking runners through several hilly areas and ending on a long uphill stretch past the Strong-Porter Museum to the Nathan Hale Homestead, also proved quite challenging.
Kyle Corrigan, Jack Poland and Kaitlyn Corrigan, three Coventry grade-schoolers who had run the course together, said that the course was good, but challenging. All three participate in running clubs through school. And all three had posted times that qualified them to compete in the upcoming Manchester Road Race. “It was definitely tougher than other races,” said Jack.
Bill Ghio, standing with other members of DebtiConn (Do Every Blessed Town in Connecticut, aka CT 169 Towns Society), agreed. “It was challenging for me,” said Ghio. Ghio explained that DebtiConn members are dedicated to running a race in every town within the state. “It’s normally a lifetime achievement,” he said. “It’s not something you can do in one or two years.” The club has two members that have already achieved the goal - one man (Bob Davis from Naugatuck) and one woman (Karen Rogers from Clinton). Ghio himself has run in 37 towns thus far.
Adam Osmond, another DebtiConn member who also serves as the group’s web master, said that he has thus far logged 44 towns. “It’s a great way to see the state, but also stay active,” said Osmond. For more information about DebtiConn, go to Debticonn.org.
The top five finishers for the Coventry Harvest Run for men were: Matthew Maynes (West Haven), Evan Johnson (Willimantic), John Minervino (Higganum), Keith Hurley (Coventry) and Greg Paul (Middletown). The top five finishers for women were: Nicole Boucher (Meriden), Cristal Chan (Coventry), Hannah Kyer (Coventry), Michelle Corrigan (Coventry) and Regan Rowley (Willington).