Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox paced down Main Street Oct. 27 during the pre-parade Gray Ghost 5K Run. Paul and Babe may not have been the fastest runners in the event, but certainly the most visible.
Spectators also witnessed running skeletons, clowns, cartoon characters and life-sized dolls during the event, a race that serves as opening act to Anoka Halloween’s annual Grand Day Parade.
A $25 cash prize was awarded to first-place winners who broke course records in all male/female age categories.
In addition, awards were given to the top three finishers in each of nine age divisions for men and women in the 5K race. A trophy was awarded to the first place overall man and woman runner.
No awards or trophies were given to placement finishers in the one-mile fitness walk.
Costumes also played a role in award-winning running. Medals were awarded to the top five judged individuals, the top five judged two- and three-person groups and the top five judged larger groups who completed the 5K run or the one-mile fitness walk in costume.
Paul and Babe won the larger group category of costumed runners. The team that created and ran in that costume included Sean McNattin, Tami Wood McNattin, Emily Smith, Anne Brettschneider, Matt Olson, Matt McDonough, Mary Beth Galey, Paul Haun, Nicole Landree, Eric Anderson, Rachel Herrick and Beth Ezell.
Michael and Tony Quinn took home the top award in the two- and three- person category. They were dressed as knights.
And Liz Trombley, running as a sock monkey, won for best individual costumed runner.
For complete results of the 2012 Gray Ghost 5K Run, visit www.raceberryjam.com.
Sue Austreng is at firstname.lastname@example.org