Sunday’s fifth annual Krit Classic 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run at Andover High School in memory of Kristin “Krit” Kearins was full of memorable take-aways, from an emotional balloon launch to a photo finish in the kids race between two youngsters participating in memory of their aunt.
Kearins’ mother, Pam Sheehy, called the event an “amazing celebration” that kicked off with the traditional launch of hundreds of green balloons to the music of “Over the Rainbow.”
“Krit for sure was smiling down on us,” Sheehy said.
The event brought out at least 1,200 runners of all ages to support the cause, according to Sheehy.
In the 5K, 19-year-old Simon Voorhees of Andover topped the men’s field with a time of 16:48 and Alison Boutiette, 33, of Reading, led the women at 19:56. Race director Mike Meagher got the race off to a rousing start in his automobile.
The Kids Fun Run, introduced only last year, exploded with more than 150 participants. In the untimed half-mile run for the 7- to 12-year-old set, two of Sheehy’s grandchildren, 12-year-old Kayli Fagan and 9-year-old Will Sullivan, were neck-and-neck as they crossed the finish line. Ages 6 and under, meanwhile, competed in a quarter-mile race.
Krit Classic organizers were flooded with so many kids’ entries that they ran out of numbers as well as T-shirts given to all participants and are ordering more to accommodate those who didn’t receive one. In addition to the T-shirts, all of the youngsters were awarded medals, Orange Leaf gift cards, wrist bands, and Frisbees from Digital Federal Credit Union.
Sportscaster Mike Lynch of WCVB-TV Channel 5 served as the event’s emcee, while Ted Teichert of Andover was the DJ. Local vocalist Chrissty Catino sang the national anthem. Greater Boston Running Company, one of the event sponsors, provided the awards.