NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Pride Foundation had a big turn out for their annual Halloween 5K close to Halloween, thanks, in part,to the weather.

The sun was shining, but ghouls, goblins, and even a tyrannosaurus Rex could be seen at the starting line.  

The event, held at Newton High School began with runner registration around 7:30 a.m., although most of the 155 applicants registered ahead of time and showed up around 8:30 a.m. that day.

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The race began at 9:30 a.m., with a few motorcycles to lead the way. The motorcyclists, including board of education member Tina Larson, led the way for the runners until the first runner crossed the finish line back at Newton High School.

The 5k course began at Newton High School, went down past the United Methodist Church and through the Bristol Glen Community before returning to Newton High School.

Costumes ranged from Mrs. Simpson, to some day of the dead skeletons, an air-rated dinosaur, multiple superheroes, Blades of Glory and many more. 

The first place winner this year, Jesse Spector, 27,  from Dover, clocked in at 17:20.35, followed by Andover resident 16-year-old Matthew Freud with a time of 17:43.71, and the third runner to cross the finish line, also from Dover, 26 year-old Christin Bettis with a time of 19:45.77. Bettis won first place in the women’s division.

Second place for the women’s division was Kristen Johnson, 30, of Middletown with a time of 20:30.74 and third place was Belia Granada, 17 of Stanhope, with a time of 24:35.93. Third place in the men’s division, crossing the finish line fourth was Adam Raffay, 17 of Stanhope with a time of 19:52.22.

Bill Trengove, 65, of Wharton finished number 17 overall put first in the 60-69 age group, with a time of 23:09.67. Joseph Jennings, 67 of Pompton Lakes finished in the number 28 spot overall with a time of 25:24.99 but got second in his age group.

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.

Nominations are currently open for the 2020 Hall of Fame induction which will be taking place in April of 2020.