Runners ‘make tracks’ for Circle of Care

More than 200 runners came out on Saturday, Oct. 1, for the second annual Circle of Care 5K and Kids Fun Run at Merwin Meadows. The event raised $40,000 — more than double the tally from last year’s inaugural event — for Circle of Care, the Wilton-based nonprofit that offers emotional and financial support to families facing a devastating diagnosis of childhood cancer.

But there was nothing but smiles Saturday as the runners — some of whom also walked — logged more than 700 miles, but who’s counting. They fulfilled the race theme: Make Tracks … And Leave a Lasting Impression.

Race participants came from New York, Massachusetts and Idaho as well as all parts of Connecticut.

The race was won by one of the out-of-staters. Gary Calhoun, 50, of Boise, Idaho, clocked in at 18:37 for a per-mile average of six minutes flat. Taking second was Thomas Arnold, 13, of New Canaan in 18:59 and Beth Cristini, 40, of Wilton, took third in 19 minutes, 43 seconds.

Taking the prize for largest team fund-raiser was Team Santino, which collected $6,000.

The race began at Merwin Meadows and made its way uphill along the Norwalk River Valley Trail to School Road, past the Minks to Sinks tents and along Kristine Lilly Way to Wilton High School. Runners made their way past the high school and made the turn for the second half at a pond just beyond field house parking lot.

Volunteers were posted along the route to keep runners on track and offer water and encouragement.

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