Ghost Run draws a big crowd

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Tue., Nov. 5, 2013
Runners take off from Hebron Elementary School at the start of the Ghost Run on Nov. 2. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Runners take off from Hebron Elementary School at the start of the Ghost Run on Nov. 2. Photos by Melanie Savage.

Brothers Wyatt, 5, and Logan, 4, stood at the bottom of the Hebron Elementary School driveway, holding up signs. “You're fast,” read one. “My mom is awesome,” read the other. The boys were there to cheer on their mom, Amston resident Nicole Cawley, as she competed in the Ghost Run half-marathon and relay on Nov. 2. According to husband Scott, this would be Nicole’s first half-marathon, though she’d competed in triathlons and 5K races in the past. What would the boys say when they saw mom running by? “Go, mom!” responded the brothers, in unison.

Mansfield resident Luke Pryor said that this was his first year competing in the Ghost Run. Pryor, dressed as Batman, was one of several runners dressed in costume for the post-Halloween race. “This is the longest race I’ve competed in so far this year,” said Pryor. “I’m just having some fun with some friends.”

Michelle Pellerin stood near Route 85 with friends Brandon Larenzoni and Andrea Harris. The trio were there to cheer on Pellerin’s daughter and her daughter's friend - both named Chelsea. “This is her first time running competitively,” said Pellerin, of her daughter. “I’m very proud of her.”

According to Jared Redmond from Hebron Parks and Recreation, runners in the Ghost Race could choose between running the full half-marathon (about 13 miles), or splitting the distance with friends, relay-style. Redmond and Parks and Rec. employee Jocelyn Salafia helped to coordinate the starting point of the race, which followed Route 85 down to the Air Line Trail, then followed the Air Line all the way into East Hampton. As in years past, the race was organized jointly between the Hebron, East Hampton and Colchester Parks and Rec. departments.

This year’s Ghost Run drew a total of 438 runners, with 325 pre-registered. “And that’s a good number for us,” said Redmond.

The fastest finish overall and the first man across the finish line was Karl Schilling, age 27. The first woman to cross the finish line was Sybil Shapiro, age 35. For compete results go to

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