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Celebrating West Hartford with a 5K and Kids Run

Overall 5K winner Everett Hackett of West Hartford finished in 15:07. Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

More than 1,200 people registered for the annual Celebrate! West Hartford 5K, and hundreds more enjoyed the Kids Run on June 10, 2018.

Celebrate West Hartford Kids Run. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

By Ronni Newton. Photos by Hunter Marotto

Overcast skies and relatively cool temperatures were perfect for Sunday morning’s 31st annual Celebrate! West Hartford – an event that has been part of the town’s signature festival since its second year.

West Hartford resident Everett Hackett, 28, a graduate of Hall High School and assistant track coach at his alma mater, was the first to cross the finish line in 15:07, just three seconds off the record time that he set when he won last year’s race.

Marisa Jones, 36, of Avon also returned as female champion, finishing in 17:19 (seventh overall), just one second off her winning time from 2017.

Prizes were also given to the first runners from West Hartford to cross the finish line (other than the overall winner) and those were awarded to Gregory Weaver, 38, in fifth place overall with a time of 16:54. Jenna Zydanowicz, 16, was the first West Hartford female to cross the finish line with a time of 18:33.

Everyone was a winner in the Kids Race, with all wearing bib no. 1, and earning a medal.

For complete 5K results, click here.

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Celebrate West Hartford Kids Run. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford Kids Run. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford Kids Run. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford Kids Run. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford Kids Run. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford Kids Run. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford Kids Run. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford Kids Run. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford Kids Run. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford Kids Run. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford Kids Run. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford Kids Run. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford Kids Run. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

First place female Marissa Jones. Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

First place male from West Hartford (other than overall winner) Gregory Weaver. Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

First place female from West Hartford Jenna Zydanowicz. Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Winner plaques designed by local artist Stefanie Marco Lantz. Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

First place winner Everett Hackett receives his winner’s plaque designed by local artist Stefanie Marco Lantz. Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Marissa Jones, pictured with her children receives her first place award plaque designed by local artist Stefanie Marco Lantz. Celebrate West Hartford 5K. June 10, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

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