The Annual New Year’s Day Chilly Chili Run attracted a much smaller crowd to Orange on Monday morning, New Year’s Day, most likely due to the single digit temperature. A total of 379 registered and 288 finished the race. (In 2017, 508 registered and 479 finished).
Runners braved the 7-degree chill, and did their best to compete in the race, which supports the Amity Teen Center.
Wearing bib #1, the overall winner was Calvin Park, 22, of Trumbull, who finished the race 16:23.
This is Park’s fourth first-place victory in this race. In 2014, at the age of 18, he ran it in 16:43.36.
Orange resident Anthony Tom, 16, came in second at 17:38, followed by 23-year-old Orange resident, Dan McCabe at 18:13.
The first female finisher was Maliya Ellis, 16, at 20:39 followed by Betsy Overstrum, 15, at 20:59, and in third place, last year’s first-place female winner Bianca Lucero, 40, of New York at 21:08.
The oldest male runner in the race once again, was Herman Bershtein, 92, of Hamden, who crossed the finish line at 1:00:59, improving his 2017 finish time by 13 seconds!
And once again, the oldest female runner was Betty Holroyd, 91, of Wallingford, who finished at 59:26.
Bless each and every one of you, you have my complete and undying admiration for braving the cold today and finishing this race.
The results are now posted on Hi Tek Racing’s website.