Holiday Run for Toys Scenes

Among the runners was Santa Claus, who also started the race by jingling her bell. Donna Cramond of Monroe starred as Santa. Photo Credit: Tom Renner
Barry Mustaka of Shelton pushes daughter Marissa, 6, in a baby jogger. Photo Credit: Tom Renner
Bryan French, right, of Fairfield runs with Johnny Matthews of Canton (no. 196). Photo Credit: Tom Renner
Hector Camacho of Bridgeport leads Greenwich's Brooke Gardner and Guilford's Paul Doolan near the race finish. Photo Credit: Tom Renner
Joey Bevilaqua, 8, of Wilton runs with his father, Rafaele. Trumbull's Evan Racette, 576, runs with his dad, Mike. Photo Credit: Tom Renner
Hank Berkowitz of Rowayton finished sixth overall and first in the men's 40-49 division. Photo Credit: Tom Renner
John Wilson of New Canaan, no. 944 in blue, strides toward the finish line. Photo Credit: Tom Renner
The lead runners set a quick pace early in the race. Photo Credit: Tom Renner
Westport's Jamie Whittendale closes in on the finish line. Photo Credit: Tom Renner
Runners bolt from the starting line at Sunday's race. Photo Credit: Tom Renner
A runner deposits a toy into a bin as part of the registration process. Photo Credit: Tom Renner
Hank Berkowitz of Rowayton leads women's winner Amy Bevliaqua of Wilton early in the race. Photo Credit: Tom Renner
Runners brought toys to the race. The toys were distributed to children in Fairfield County. Photo Credit: Tom Renner
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FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A record number of runners found the holiday spirit Sunday when 306 finishers hit the tape at the 5-kilometer Holiday Run for Toys at the Scandinavian Club in Fairfield.

Fairfield’s Christopher Barrett and Wilton’s Amy Bevilaqua finished first in the men’s and women’s divisions. The big winners, however, were the children who will receive toys from the runners. Besides a small registration fee, each entrant was required to donate one item to be given to a needy area child.

“I’m not sure why it’s a record field,’’ race director Marty Schiavone said. ...
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