NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Pride Foundation held its Fourth Annual Halloween 5k race at Newton High School on Saturday, October 29. Registration for runners began at 7:30 a.m. in the Newton High School gym, with a starting time of 9:30 a.m.

Students, parents, school officials and those from businesses in the Town of Newton attended the race, some in running gear, while others were dressed in Halloween costumes, like Superman, Captain America, condiments, an air-rated dinosaur and more.

Despite the chilly weather, racers led by a bicycling Santa Clause with a bell, ran 3.1 miles beginning at Newton High School, down past the United Methodist Church and through the Bristol Glen Community, returning back to the back of Newton High School.

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The first racer clocked in at 16:23.43 and the last racer crossed the finish line at 1:05:38.77. The results were based on Top Overall Men and Women, Top three males and females in each age group; 7-11, 12-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, and then up to 80+.

Prizes were awarded to those in costume for 19 and under, male and female and 20 and over, male and female. There were also prizes given for the top three largest team of corporate, school, or family/friend teams consisting of five or more people.

Teams that registered included the Steve Petro Memorial Fund team which had both girls’ and boys’ soccer teams, as well as those who knew the Newton High School student and soccer star Steve Petro, Thor Labs, and the Newton High School Robotics Club.

Newton administrators like Newton High School Athletic Director Ryan Hashway attended the event and Newton High School Principal Jeff Waldron and his wife, Meg Waldron ran in the race. “There were a lot of hills,” said Meg Waldron. “The last hill coming around the back of the school was a difficult one”.  Jeff Waldron finished in 36:25.31 and Meg finished in 33:27.92.

There was a $500 cash prize to the Largest Newton School Group which ended up being the Newton High School Girls Soccer Team who won a gift card to Modell’s Sporting Goods Store.  Newton High School students and Newton High School Cheerleaders volunteered at the three water stations throughout the race.

This is one of the many events that the Newton Pride Foundation sponsors to help raise money that go towards scholarships for the Newton High School Academic, Athletic and Social Clubs. For more pictures of the race visit our Facebook page at