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Cold, rainy weather doesn’t stop runners at Collinsville’s Trick or Trot

Despite the rain, some runners ran in the Collinsville Trick or Trot road race in costume on Saturday morning. More photos from the race. 

CANTON, Oct. 27 – The rain was steady and it was cold – 41 degrees.

But it didn’t stop 76 runners from coming to Collinsville on Saturday morning to run in the second annual Collinsville Trick or Trot road race to benefit Canton’s Dollar for Scholars scholarship program.

“Runners are crazy,” Farmington’s Jackie Birge said while laughing before the race. “What are you going to do?”

Birge won this race a year ago and she repeated as woman’s champion Saturday morning, finishing seventh with a time of 21:42.

Bethel’s Piotr Kostyk first came to Collinsville to run the Burlington to Collinsville Classic in May. He loved the area and was happy to come back to run in Collinsville again. “Why not come out and enjoy some pre-Halloween festivities,” he said.

Bethel’s Piotr Kostyk set a new race record in winning the Collinsville Trick or Trot road race Saturday. More photos from the race. 

Kostyk easily won with a race record time of 17:53. He won by over a minute over Elliott Via, who was second in 19:14 and Ross Via, who was third in 19:15.

And there were several runners who ran in costume – even with the rain.

“It took a little while to warm up and the wooden (floor on the railroad) bridge was slippery,” Kostyk said. “But it was a good (race). There was a good crowd and a lot of (Halloween) costumes. I would do it again.”

Birge said one of the biggest challenges was the wind coming off the river that chilled the runners.

Race director Laurie McKenna thanked the runners for competing in the rain and the volunteers that helped. She also praised the help she received from Bremar Rental, Mr. Trophy, ShopRite of Canton and Collinsville Screen Printing along with the assistance the race received from Michael Taricani and Canton High cross country and track coach Tim O’Donnell, who helped with timing.

Runners take off from the start at the Collinsville Trick and Trot Saturday morning in Collinsville. More photos from the race. 

2018 Collinsville Trick or Trot
At Canton
Overall results – 1. Piotr Kostyk, Bethel, 17:53 for 3.1 miles, new course record; 2. Elliott Via, 19:14, 3. Ross Via 19:15, 4. Ryan Weller 19:34, 5. Quinn Handler 20:41, 6. Richard Fernandes 21:08, 7. Jackie Birge, Farmington, 21:42, 8. Tim Schullen, 22:32, 9. Daniel Lanno 23:08, 10. Morgan Babbitt, 23:09
Top women – 7. Birge 21:42, 10. Babbitt 23:09, 11. Cara Riley 23:26, 16. Rose Morgan 24:30, 18. Jennifer McCormick 25:29

Full race results

More photos from the race

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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