2007-11-01 / News

Costumed runners compete for top spots

By Stephanie H. Cotsonas

Runners and spectators had a good time on a great day for the annual Jack O' Lantern Jog. Photos by Andreea von Hohenleiten Runners and spectators had a good time on a great day for the annual Jack O' Lantern Jog. Photos by Andreea von Hohenleiten Batman and Jeannie, of I Dream of Jeannie fame, led the pack of runners that wound their way through the streets of Jamestown in the 19th annual Jack O'Lantern Jog.

Over 120 runners lined up on Narragansett Avenue dressed as cats and mice, action heroes, butterflies, power rangers, and ice fishermen.

The 3.1-mile road race is a USA Track and Field sanctioned event that took place on Oct. 28, under beautiful fall skies. Spectators lined the start and finish and enjoyed the sunny conditions.

Clayton Carlisle of Jamestown ran the first jog in 1988 to raise money for the new playground on North Main Road. "I haven't run every year but I do have a lot of T-shirts," recalled Carlisle.

Long time race participant, islander Dennis Nixon, sported his favorite costume. "I decided to dress as a runner this year," he teased.

Andrea Brayman of Jamestown was the top female finisher and also took home the best costume for her portrayal of Jeannie. Brayman was happy with her performance, given that it was the first time she had donned a costume in the race. "It was so much fun to chase the devil," joked Brayman. The devil was second-place female Kelly Repair of Glasgow, Va. Brayman's 9-year-old daughter, Alexis, finished her first Jack O'Lantern jog and is already thinking about her costume for next year.

Fastest runner in costume was awarded to Brian McNeiece of Narragansett who repeated his appearance as Batman and easily won the race in 17:53. McNeiece upset his nemesis Tim Coffey of Wakefield, who won the event last year and coincidentally dressed as a criminal this year.

David Tetreault of Narragansett won the hardest costume to run in with his Twinkie the Kid outfit. When asked how his costume handled the gusty conditions, Tetreault said, "There was a little drag, but it was to my advantage when I was going with the wind. I kept tacking on the way down Walcott." Tetreault was happy to finish in one piece as he complained of a seagull nipping at him at mile two.

Kaitlyn and Dan Morton-Bentley of Middletown won best duo dressed as Batman and Green Lantern. The award for best group costume went to the three blind mice, Kathryn Jennings, Stephanie Thomas and Rebecca Koczan of North Kingstown, Jamestown and East Greenwich, respectively. Crissy Mesrobian of North Kingstown won the best youth costume as a bumblebee.

Awards were given to the top three men and women in each age category. McNeiece and Brayman both placed first in the Open Division (19-39) and were the top male and female finishers.

Ten year-old Finn Dwyer of Jamestown placed second to Ryan Pinch, 11, of Wakefield in the Pee- Wee division (10-12). Islander Hayden Rudd,12, topped the girls. Emilio Kurz of Jamestown and Megan Devol of Bristol led the Junior Division (13-18).

Coffey, second overall in the race, and Sandra Stewart from Narragansett won the Master Division (40-49). Winners of the Senior Division (50-59) were Fred Bartlett of Narragansett and Deb Cole of West Greenwich. Doug Hime of Portsmouth and Diana Geisler of Saunderstown won the Veteran Division (60+).

The sponsors of this year's jog, including World Trophies, Crystal Springs, the Jamestown Press, Runner's World Magazine and Spinnakers Café helped make the race successful for the new Jamestown Teen Center. The proceeds from the race will benefit the center, which is on target for a grand opening after the holidays.

According to Melissa Minto, director of the teen center, they are working on getting the final construction done and will use the proceeds from the race for supplies and furniture. There will be an open house at the teen center on Dec. 1 during the Christmas tree lighting.

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