Beefcake brigade: Litchfield High School buddies, from left, Tim Donovan, Charlie Shanks, Miles Chapman, Ryan Garden and Coleby Bunnell display their physiques before Litchfield Hills Road Race on Sunday. John McKenna photos
The 43rd Litchfield Hills Road Race is history after a beautiful day on Sunday saw more than 1,100 runners finish the prestigious 7-mile jaunt.
While the elite athletes were at the head of the field, hundreds of local runners had their day in the sun as well and put on terrific shows for the crowd. And let’s not forget about the many volunteers who helped make the race a success. Some of them can be seen below.
The race is on as more than 1,000 runners head down West Street.
Race announcer Brent Hawkins was adorned with a hat made by Rey Budny.
George Baldwin at work in the Litchfield Lions Club food tent.
Lions Club Vice President Lori Shuhi flips an egg sandwich.
Tim Donovan makes the turn onto West Street.
Goshen’s Jim Zoldy heads to another strong finish.
Abigail Johnston of Northfield won the girls 12-14 division.
Rick O’Dell of Morris and his son, Alex, volunteered as course marshals.
Conor Courtney of Litchfield eyes the finish line.
Matt Andrulis Mette of Litchfield digs deep approaching West Street.
Dean Birdsall of Bantam looks strong at the finish.
Sue Leigh of Litchfield makes her way down West Street.
Jenny Cappello of Litchfield gives it all she’s got.
From left, Jillian Saunders of Litchfield, Patience Souza of Morris and Zoe Leviness of Litchfield.
Former Litchfield High athletes Brian Hipsky, left, and Chris Goodwin.
Former LHRR winner Bob Hodge, right, and two-time Boston Marathon champion Geoff Smith ran together.
Berta Andrulis Mette, left, and Jim and JoJo Moore glide to the finish line.
Colleen Kinkade of Litchfield is almost there.
Bill Andrulis of Litchfield acknowledges the crowd.
Mark Zappone of Morris turns on the speed.
Ian Campbell of Litchfield was a happy finisher.
Sunny Roper of Litchfield celebrates her finish.
The ageless Leo Kulinski of Litchfield completes his 43rd LHRR.
Kevin Lacilla of Litchfield tried but couldn’t keep pace with his son, Luke.
LHRR co-founder Billy Neller, left, stops to visit his brother, Rick, on his way to a 43rd finish.
Bob Kaminsky of Litchfield hands out water beyond the finish line.
John Scanlon of Litchfield with his daughter, Claire, and sister, Kathy Rittenhouse.
Janice and Marty Connor of Goshen
Dan Keefe of East Litchfield took a spill in the race but got up and finished to win the men’s 80-89 division.