The Great Pumpkin Classic draws oldest, youngest ever finishers

The Great Pumpkin Classic, where runners and walkers from all over the region come together to raise money for education, was once again a noteworthy event this past October.

For the first time in its 26-year history, there was a 90-year-old woman competing in the 5K run. There was also a 90-year-old male.

Betty Holroyd is a veteran Connecticut runner and has been to the Great Pumpkin Run before. She and her daughter, Kris Overstrum and granddaughters have run here and other races in the area. But this year there was another family member that ran away with a top prize: Betsy Overstrum, Betty’s 14-year-old granddaughter, was the woman’s champion in 20:39 for the 3.1 miles.

“We couldn’t have written a better script!” remarked race director Marty Schaivone. Indeed, the 26th Great Pumpkin Classic featured its oldest female finisher and the youngest female champion in its history. And for the second year in a row, the THS teachers fielded two teams; More than 500 runners, 100 walkers, and 250 kids were registered for the events in the Great Pumpkin Classic. Since 1991 the proceeds have helped the THS Scholarship fund and the TCW Scholarship Fund and have given more than $200,000 to students going on to college.

The Fun Run benefits the PTSA.