2013 Spirit of Spring Road Race

Today, we ran the Spirit of Spring Road Race in Tolland, Connecticut. This 5 kilometer affair was more like the Spirit of Winter Road Race. It was frigid and blustery. “We” was Debbie and our son. I ran the 1.25 mile kids race with our kid. Debbie carried our daughter on her back for a little warm up. Then, she did the “adult” race with the other adults.

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2013_Spirit of Spring Road Race 10

It was too cold for April. I’m tired of being cold. Anyway, enough complaining. The course was a bit hilly and the times showed that. Local boy, Brett Stoeffler, smoked the field. He was way out in front. Karina Johnson had a nice run as the first woman and fourth overall. David Clavet was the second male. He is the 14 year-old  Ellington High School “kid” who I had to out-sprint at the Finally Spring 5K two weeks ago. It didn’t feel like spring then and it certainly doesn’t feel like spring now! Todd Longo was third.

Brett Stoeffler @ 2013_Spirit of Spring Road Race 28


Karina Johnson @ 2013_Spirit of Spring Road Race 37

The 2nd woman was Hayley Collins, another 14 year-old. She ran with our old friend and her dad, John Collins, both of Tolland. Debbie wasn’t far behind them. Unfortunately the weather was a real blow to attendance. It seemed like there were as many volunteers as runners. There were even two egg hunts! Easter was last week. We stayed in the warming tent and only came out for the start and finish. Our kids weren’t too happy about the cold, but at least the sun was shining.

Hayley & John Collins @ 2013_Spirit of Spring Road Race 52


Debbie Livingston & Hayley Collins @ 2013_Spirit of Spring Road Race 56

Debbie is done with this short 5K stuff for now. It’s not her style. The first “real” race of the year is next week at the Traprock 50K in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Bring on the trails!

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