Good turnout for Hot COCO 5K

CHESHIRE — After a year off, the Hot COCO 5K, produced by Abilities Without Boundaries, was back this year.

“The turnout for the Hot COCO was amazing,” said Eric Christmas, Abilities Without Boundaries executive director.

The Nov. 13 race is a major fundraiser for the Cheshire-based non-profit, which serves adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, helping them gain independence through employment and support services. 

“Funds raised through the 13th annual race go a long way to help with AWB’s programming and transportation needs,” Christmas said.

A Fun Run for kids and 1- mile walk were also part of the Hot COCO.

“It was a beautiful day,” said Dr. Lloyd R. Saberski, Abilities Without Boundaries board president and Hot COCO race chairman. “People signed up in droves.”

Along with the runners/walkers, there were friends and family who attended, for about 750 people total, said Saberski. Organizers followed safety protocols and vendors and food stations were all outside. Race numbers have been down, but this was probably “one of the biggest races” since the start of the pandemic, Saberski said.

Race results

Hot COCO 5K Overall Female, first, second and third: Salena Chatman, 44, Middletown, 20:55; Sage Falcon, 12, and Sarah Curran,12, both of Cheshire, finished at 21:31. 

Hot COCO 5K Overall Male, first, second and third: Mario Vasquez, 42, New Britain; 16:08; Anthony Gonsalves, 31, Berlin; 16:54; Marc Lennon, 36, Southington, 17:00.

Hot COCO 5K Cheshire resident results for first, second and third overall: Mario Longo, 18:34; Peter Armon, 18:37; and Daniel Moran, 18:42.  

Notable Cheshire female to cross the finish was Sage Falcon, 12, 21:31.

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