2017-10-25 / Front Page

78 children compete for title of Fastest Kid in Town

The 2017 Fastest Kids display their awards following the race, during the 35th annual Vermont Apple Festival in Springfield. - COURTESY PHOTOThe 2017 Fastest Kids display their awards following the race, during the 35th annual Vermont Apple Festival in Springfield. - COURTESY PHOTOSPRINGFIELD — Seventy-eight children ages 5-12 competed in 100- and 200-yard races at the fifth annual Fastest Kid in Town Race, during the 35th annual Vermont Apple Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Riverside Middle School. Sponsored by Springfield Medical Care Systems, the Fastest Kid in Town Race began five years ago, highlighting the importance of physical activity for young children.

A few of the competitors were returning for their fourth race, and were joined by equally enthusiastic younger siblings. Four age-category races took place following short pre-race warm-up exercises.

The two youngest divisions raced a quick 100 yards across the field. The fastest 5 and 6-year olds were each younger siblings of experienced competitors; Malachi Bactad and Adela Fuentes, both of Springfield. Adela’s brother Mateo Fuentes added a fourth medal to his collection — and title of Fastest Boy — in the 7 and 8-year old division. Delaney Foulois of Baltimore, Vermont was right behind him as the first girl across the finish line in their division, adding a second medal to her collection.

The final two races consisted of a fast-paced jaunt down the field and back to complete 200 yards. Carmine Bactad of Springfield and Isabella West of Charlestown, New Hampshire claimed victory in the 9 and 10-year-old group. Twelve-year old Tanner Gintof and 11-year old Molly Tennis, both of Springfield, broke the white finish line tape as the “fastest kids” in their age division. This is Molly’s second year standing on the winner’s podium, and organizers hope she trains over the coming months for her last chance to defend the title at next year’s race, all according to a press release. Medals were awarded to the fastest boy and girl of each age group, and all participants received a Fastest Kid T-shirt.

For more information about the Fastest Kid in Town Race or other youth and family events at the Edgar May Health and Recreation Center, contact Sarah Tilden Gramling, Youth & Family Programs coordinator, at stilden@myreccenter.org or (802) 885-2568.

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