The rain held off for the 25th annual NIA Jingle Bell 5K Run this past Saturday, Dec. 6.

It was a successful day with 595 runners turning out for the race.

Drew Thompson of Trumbull finished first overall in a time of 17:27.

Trumbull’s Katelynn Romanchick was the first overall female placer with a time of 20:24.

The race started in front of the Nichols Library and included some challenging hills through out the rolling course, with one of the best downhill finishes in the state.

A Jingle Bell Junior Run Fire to the Finish 1/3 miler gave children 11 and under the opportunity to compete.

NIA Nichols Improvement Association is a non-profit organization of volunteers chartered with helping to preserve the distinctive heritage of the Nichols community.