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Brown sets another record in Trick or Trot road race, Kania wins women’s race

PLenty of runners came in costume for Saturday morning’s Trick or Trot 5K road race in Collinsville. This creative team from Canton were the Flintstones (Bam Bam, Barney and Fred). From left, it is Elliott Via, Michael Richter and Chris Fraser.  More race photos

CANTON, Oct. 29, 2022 – Terryville’s Colby Brown was looking for a fast time on a flat course. He found it on a frosty October morning in the sixth annual Collinsville Trick or Trot 5K road race to benefit Canton’s Dollar for Scholars scholarship program.

Temperatures were in the mid-30s leaving a bit of frost on the leaves and the Farmington River Trail but Brown was able to race away from the start and break his own course record that he set a year by one second.

Brown finished with a time of 16:24 in the 3.1 mile race that had 130 finishers. Brown wasn’t challenged in the race. Chris Chisholm, the long-time local runner who grew up in Farmington and coached cross country and track and field at Canton for a time, was a distance second in 18:08, which was far ahead of third place finisher David Harrison (20:22).

“I just come in and try to run a fast time. That’s it,” Brown said. “No other goal. Whatever happens, happens. It could have been a little faster but I will take it.”

Avon’s Christine Kania holds off Canton’s Jennifer Rottkamp to win the women’s division at the Trick or Trot road race. More race photos

In the women’s race, Avon’s Christine Kania was at the starting line Saturday morning with her husband and daughter. Like many of the 130 runners and walkers, there were dressed in Halloween costumes with Halloween just two days away.

Kania was second in the race a year ago and hoped to challenge for the victory in the women’s division. She led most of the way but didn’t feel great in the second and third mile. Canton’s Jennifer Rottkamp caught up with her in the final mile near the railroad bridge that crosses the Farmington River.

Kania found a little extra energy and outlasted Rottkamp in the final half mile with a two second victory. Kania won the race with a time of 23:21.

“She was behind me at the whole time,” Kania said. “I saw here at the turnaround and she was pretty close. I just did not feel good in mile 2 and 3 and she caught me at right on the bridge and she was picking it up. So, I said I have to finish (strong).”

Rottkamp won this race in 2020.

Kania’s husband, Darius, finished the race in 31:20 and her daughter, Savannah finished in 33:20.

The race is the primary fundraising event for Canton’s Dollars for Scholars program. The race raised $5,800 a year ago and race organized Laurie McKenna was hopeful that the event would raise $6,000 this year.

Terryville’s Colby Brown (1195) leads the runners at the start of Saturday’s Trick or Trot road race in Collinsville. More race photos

2022 Collinsville Trick or Trot road race
At Canton
Individual results –  Colby Brown, Terryville, 16:24.3 for 3.1 miles (new race record), 2. Chris Chisholm 18:08.6, 3. David Harrison 20:22.9, 4. Louie Trubuzio 22:15.5, 5. Carl Demander 22:19.5, 6. Mario Castiello 22:58, 7. Christine Kania 23:18.4, 8. Jennifer Rottkamp 23:21, 9. John Parese 23:58, 10. Tim Geraghty 24:03
Top women: 1. Kania (7th overall) 23:18.4 for 3.1 miles 2. Rottkamp (8) 23:21, 3. Angela Pastore (17) 24:48, 4. Elizabeth Weeks (19) 25:18, 5. Katherine McKinney (21) 25:47. 

Complete results 2022 Trick or Trot road race

Collinsville Trick or Trot
Previous race champions

Year: Overall winner Time Women’s winner (overall finish) Time
2017: Steve Johnson unknown Jackie Birge, Farmington unknown
2018: Piotr Kostyk, Bethel 17:53 Jackie Birge, Farmington (7) 21:42
2019: Elliott Via, Naugatuck 19:19 Jennifer Rottkamp, Canton (8) 22:30
2020: Adam Gootnick, Farmington 16:35 Jennifer Rottkamp. Canton unknown
2021: Colby Brown, Terryville 16:25 Emily Cianfaglione, Canton (6) 21:58
2022: Colby Brown, Terryville 16:24 Christie Kania, Avon (7) 23:18

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 40 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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