Sunshine, the luck of the Irish, and over 30 competitors gathered in Maxwell on Saturday for the Maxwell Park and Recreation District Auxiliary’s second annual Leprechaun Run.
“The weather was great,” said Maxwell resident Brooke Nerli, “This is a great turn out. It’s nice to be able to attend events like these again.”
Contestants of all ages were adorned with a sea of green attire, and one of Maxwell’s own, Caleb Nerli, was dressed as a Leprechaun, winning a $50 Grocery Outlet gift card for the most green.
Yoga instructor Allison Costa led the warm-ups as 10 participants prepared for the 1-mile run and 27 participants prepared for the 5k.
Gold medals were awarded to the first-place finishers in the 1-mile run for each age group: Jordan Arens, 10, with the fastest time of 10:10; Kelli Evans, 38, 12:21; and Tim Taylor, 43, 12:22.
Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals were awarded to the first, second, and third-place finishers of the 5k in each age group. Youth finishers (7-17) were Gold: Jamison Porter, 13, 25:55; Silver: James Vernon; 14, 25:56; Bronze: Jadyn Karlonas, 11, 28:19. Adult (18-39) finishers were Gold: Bret Cabral, 23:36; Silver: Alison Costa, 25, 26:48; Bronze: Jessica Karlonas, 35, 30:51. Over 40 finishers were Gold: Cindy Gobel, 67, 29:54; Silver: Mary Carvalho, 53, 31:11; Bronze: Laurie Costa, 54, 39:18.
Gold medals were also awarded for 6 and under 1-mile finishers, Michael Azevedo, 6, and Reagan Taylor, 5.
Awards were also given to Bret Cabral, of Maxwell, for best overall time, and to Michelle Baffy, of Reno, Nev., for the farthest distance traveled.
Raffle prizes were also awarded as runners cooled down with refreshments and visited the vendors that participated in a free Vendor Fair.
MPR Auxiliary hosts the Leprechaun Run as a way to encourage people to get outdoors to exercise and as a fundraiser for recreational opportunities through Maxwell Park and Recreation District.
The MPR Auxiliary plans to hold the second Zombie Run (1-mile and 5k) in October. The 2020 Zombie Run was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. §