Seventeen years in, Andrulis race still a big draw
Greg Andrulis, above, welcomes the crowd to the 17th annual Bob and Peg Andrulis Memorial Sweetheart Run and Walk at the Litchfield Community Center. Below, Andrulis, his daughter, Maggie, center, and Litchfield vocalist Theresa Simaitis sing the national anthem. John McKenna photos
The 17th annual Bob and Peg Andrulis Memorial Sweetheart Run and Walk on Saturday was as successful as ever as it drew a large crowd of runners and walkers eager to support the Litchfield Community Center.
Bob and Peg Andrulis were the parents of the community center's executive director, Roberta Andrulis Mette. Proceeds from the race benefit the community center and will help it to continue to provide interesting programs and activities for the public.
Bob and Peg's other children, Greg, Rob, Bill and John were on hand to help their sister and a crew of volunteers put on the event. Bob and Peg were big supporters of local road races and enjoyed watching their children compete in them.
Piotyr Kostyk of Bethel repeated as the winner of the 5-mile race, crossing the finish line in 29:21. Runner up was Alison Masopust of Morris in 32:55. There were a total of 174 participants.
At the awards ceremony after the race, a highight was Bill Andrulis leading the singing of 'Let me call you Sweetheart,' a favorite song of Bob and Peg Andrulis.
The race is underway!
Litchfield native Maria Vanoni and her father, the ageless Frank Vanoni, get started on their walk.
Abby Johnston of Northfield ran strong.
Joe Odell of Litchfield and his wife, Sherri, three weeks after giving birth to their second child, sprint to the finish.
Local sports celebrity Brent Hawkins chugs to the finish line.
Matt Andrulis Mette of Litchfield heads for the finish line.
Lily Markavich of Litchfield leads her mom, Andrea, left, and Tara Chamberlain of Winsted across the finish line.
Tim and Sue Breslin of Litchfield finish the walk.
Finishing together were, from left, Jeff Leigh, Sue Leigh, Polly Edwards, Ron Peck and Kathi Peck.
Ron Peck of Goshen gets a kiss from his wife, Kathi, after they finished the run.
Bill and Carol Jones of Litchfield were quite the couple.
Litchfield's First Couple of Road Racing, Jim and JoJo Moore, cross the finish line.