Trumbull kicked off its Holiday season as approximately 700 athletes, neighbors and friends came out to support the 27th annual Jingle Bell Classic 5K Run on Dec. 3.

The race runs through the heart of Nichols, with an uphill incline switching to a steep uphill before leading up to a  fast downhill finish on Shelton Road. Runners came dressed for the holiday.

Plenty of Santa hats and reindeer antlers could be seen as runners took to the roads.

There was also a hills’ race for a third of a mile downhill on Shelton Road, with Santa lead the way in his mobile with children sprinting behind him to the finish.

Jeff Kurjaka of Monroe and Kate Romanchick of Trumbull were top male and female finishers.

Kurjaka finished in a time of 18:05, twenty-two seconds in front of Beau Demelo of Trumbull's time of 18:27. Adrian Ambrose took third in 18:32.

On the woman's side, Romanchick took sixth overall and was the first female finisher for the third year with a time of 19:17. Lindsey Felling from Larchmont (N.Y.) was second in 20:33.

Taking third was Trumbull's Kayley Fasoli in a time of 21:31.

The race is sponsored by The Nichols Improvement Association, a nonprofit organization of volunteers helping to preserve the heritage of the Nichols community in Trumbull.

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