Medina’s big holiday celebration starts with a 5k

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 November 2019 at 11:04 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – A runner, Ryan Czaja of Middleport, dressed as Santa in this morning’s 7thannual Home for the Holidays 5K in Medina. There were 120 participants during the race, which started in the Canal Basin before heading down Route 31. Santa finished the race in 37:49.

The course shifted to the canal towpath and ended on North Main Street in front of the American Legion.

Many of the runners wore Santa hats, Christmas lights, crazy socks and other decorations to celebrate the holidays.

Proceeds from the race will go to the Knights-Kaderli Memorial Fund, which assists Orleans County residents fighting cancer.

Anna Rickard, 17, of Middleport was the first female to cross the finish line, with a time of 19:54. Anna also won the race last year.

Brennan Root, 24, was first overall in a time of 16:08. He also has won the race before.

Alden Cayea, 19, of Medina was second overall for the men in time of 18:02.

Lindon Morici, 35, of Albion was the second female overall in a time of 20:51.

Jack Cecchini, 13, of Medina is congratulated after coming in 15th overall in a time of 22:29. He is congratulated by Steve Karas in the Santa hat and Tina Drum. Jack’s mother Julie also ran the race.

Olivia Sweet, 11, of Lancaster heads for the finish line.

Medina will be busy today bringing in the holiday season. The events are capped by a Parade of Lights at 6 p.m.

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