Saturday, October 27, 2012
Giulianos Sweep Halloween Hustle 5K
On an accurate course on a cold day, the seventh annual Halloween Hustle 5K in Palatine made its debut on the CARA Runners' Choice Circuit on Saturday morning. This race, known for its super-fast times on what had been a very short course, produced no complaints about course length this year. A bunch of turns, some leaves on some corners and temperatures in the mid-30s slowed everyone a bit, but recently married Ryan and Jacqui Giuliano of Champaign, still were plenty fast as they won the men's and women's competition. Ryan, 27, won the overall crown in 15:52.9, with Jacqui, 26, leading the ladies in 17:59.87. Runner-up male was Mark Wehrman, 26, of Chicago, in 16:05.15, and third was taken by Tim Hamilton, 27, of Grayslake, in 16:10.38. Second-place woman was CARA Executive Director Wendy Jaehn, 37, of Chicago, in 18:23.39, and third was taken by Heather Swink, 39, of Barrington, in 18:47.75. This was the season finale on the Runners' Choice Circuit. I was happy to run it and get my 10th Circuit race into the books. There were 675 finishers, many in great costumes. My costume goal was to look like a fast runner. I don't think I fooled anyone!