Litchfield News

Sweetheart Run a pre-Valentine's Day tradition (02-12-17)

Participants in the Bob and Peg Andrulis Memorial Sweetheart Run and Walk on Saturday line up for the start, above, and get moving below. BZ and Dave Driscoll photos

The 15th annual Bob and Peg Andrulis Memorial Sweetheart Run on Saturday drew a field of 193 participants on a day well-suited for outdoor activities.

With a temperature of 30 and no wind, conditions were perfect for the runners and walkers in what was a fundraiser for the community center in memory of the parents of the center's executive director, Berta Andrulis Mette. Brothers Greg, Bill and Rob pitched in and participated.

Greg Andrulis welcomed the crowd and Bill Andrulis conducted the post-race awards presentation. Proceeds from the race will allow the community center to provide additional programs and activities for the public.
Tyler Lyon, 23, of Harwinton, won the race in 29:11. Runner up was Jonathan Reeves of New Milford in 32:29. The first female finisher wasLitchfield High School graduate Julia Tompkins, 22, 37:51. Tompkins was 16th overall. Stacy Raap, another Litchfield High grad, was second among females in 38:19.


The race is underway.

Eventual winner Tyler Lyon builds a big lead.

Julia Tompkins was the fastest female.

Matt Andrulis Mette was all smiles in the first mile.

Dean Birdsall and his canine companion.

Mike Andrulis runs strong in the first mile.

Emily Andrulis was having a good time.

Ron Peck and his granddaughter, Kayla Bouchard.

Bill Andrulis keeps it in step.

Local sports celebrity Brent Hawkins

Rick May and Stacy Raap

Peter Vermilyea checks in at the finish.

Bruce MacLeod crosses the finish line.

Katie Pratt cruises home.

Keegan Andrulis wraps up his race.

Kerry and Matt McDevitt finish together, again.

From left, Sue Leigh, Jeff Leigh and Kathi Peck.

John and Darcey Markelon

Lynn Fulkerson, left, and Mary Ellen Birdsall.

Aletha and Lance Abbott stroll to the finish.

Greg Andrulis, left, with Lisa ad Fred Lohnau.

Rob Andrulis and Berta Andrulis Mette hop the finish line.

Rosemary and Bill Lane, with Frankie.

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