The Valier Area Development Corporation (VADC) scared up a good time at the Stone School Inn on Saturday as they sponsored the third annual Spooky Sprint and Costume Contest. Participants covered a 1-mile course dressed in Halloween attire and gathered inside the Stone School after the race.

The event was sponsored by the VADC and was free of charge. The run was followed by a community brunch also provided by the VADC. Run participants and brunch attendees generously donated funds to benefit the Bowers Family who recently lost their wife and mother, Renae (Kovatch) Bowers.

Youngsters had the best race times this year. The top finisher was Brock Bales with a time of 9:25.27. Brock was closely followed by his younger brother, Barrett, who finished in 9:57.41. Third place was claimed by Lauren Gunderson, finishing in 10:33.59. Danielle Kennedy was the first adult to cross the finish line, at 10:40.03.

Costumes ranged from traditional scary to very silly. One crowd favorite was the late Queen Elizabeth portrayed by Jackie Wheeler. The top costume award went to Tanner, Lindsey, Bridger and Pryor Johnson, who dressed as characters from Tim Burton’s “A Nightmare Before Christmas.”

A brunch provided by the VADC and Stone School Inn was enjoyed by participants and spectators after the run. Breakfast burritos were kindly prepared by Connor and Nichole Bridge, who manage the Stone School Inn. Decorations, Halloween music, muffins, fruit and drinks were arranged by members of the VADC. There was an atmosphere of spooky camaraderie as community members lingered to visit with one another.

A record crowd of fifty participants and several dogs walked or ran the course.

“I’m so happy,” Connor Bridge said, referring to the turnout.

Fun Runs customarily have a support goal. However, the Spooky Sprint has been a no-charge race organized just for fun. This year it proved an opportunity to support a family that had recently suffered a devastating loss. Although registration was free, attendees generously donated $238 to be given directly to Renae Bowers’ family.

The VADC would like to thank the Stone School Inn for continued support of this event and for opening their doors to the community. For many it was the first time they had visited the Stone School. Additionally, thanks goes to the participants who showed up with enthusiasm, compassion and generosity.

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