Sunday’s 10th Annual Ion Bank Cheshire Half Marathon & 5K drew a crowd of nearly 1,000 participant, according to organizers.
The Cheshire Road Races, an annual event in town, kicked off at Cheshire High School in the early-morning hours on July 18. A Healthy Living Fair was also held, while the annual Kids Run was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.
The results were: Springfield’s Mark Hegarty won the half-marathon in 1:15:40. Waterbury’s Brooke Hartley was the top half-marathon woman’s finisher with a time of 1:30:13. Robert Dinatale was Cheshire’s first male finisher coming in third overall with a time of 1:18:25. Vanessa Greaney was Cheshire’s first female finisher coming in at 1:41:25.
Cheshire’s own Cory Loftis won the 5K with a time of 16:35. Ridgefield’s Bonnie Pope was the top female finisher in the 5K with a time of 19:58. Jenabay Sezen was Cheshire’s top female finisher at 23:14.
The Cheshire Half Marathon Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports charities that assist those with special needs and their families. This year’s race and their participants raised over $100,000 for its signature charities including Abilities Without Boundaries, Best Buddies CT, and Cheshire Lions Club.
The Cheshire Road Races is sponsored by Ion Bank. Other major sponsors include Audi Wallingford, Porsche Wallingford, Yale New Haven Health, and Connecticut Orthopaedics.