BY CLAY SHAW
YORK, PA--Co-directors Karen Mitchell and Ray Ricke had over 250 people, despite rain, at the Double Deuce on New Years Eve--a record turnout. The course is two miles and starts downtown at 11:53 p.m. as part of the First Night New Years Eve celebration.
Awards are given to the top three men and women and the top three costumes. A clock is set at the finish but purposely no times are recorded in this for-fun-only event. Last years winners Brandon Bear, 19, of Hellam and Willow Streets Justine Barr, 14, repeated as overall champs.
The mens runners-up were Laszlo Orosz, 39, of Ontario, Canada and 19-year-old Jake Schrader of York.
Justines sister, Melanie, 14, was the womens runner-up with Kimberly Leathers, 24, of Staten Island, NY taking third.
Last years costume winner, Dan VanHouwe, teamed up with wife Lynn--a.k.a. Cleopatra--Joe McMaster, and others to win the costume division. The subjects did a creditable 22-minute run carrying Cleopatra. The toilet and the tub (Addie Becker and Susan Tome) repeated in second place with a new theme, and the friendly Shark theme with sailors, swimmers, hula girl, etc. took third.
Nick Carney of York won the grand prize of the auto giveaway by Ricke Brothers Auto.