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Two North Haven Runners Have Finished Every New Haven Labor Day 20K Race

In total, 19 runners have finished every race since the Labor Day 20K debuted in 1978. Are you running today?

Hats off to North Haven's own Jim Kennedy and Kurt Tietjen for completing every since the inaugural race in 1978. What's changed for these runners in the 35 years this race started? Probably the length of their running shorts and the height of their athletic socks. 

These runners are part of an elite group of 19 runners – all men – who have participated in every New Haven Labor Day 20K (see all 20K race results since 1998).

A press release by race organizers states that all 19 participants are expected to run again this year. The race is expected to see 7,000 runners participate – the max allowed – in the 20K race. There is also a 5K race and a kids' race. There is no race-day registration.

The oldest runners in the group are George Papuga of East Haven and James McCormack Jr., of West Haven – both are 69. The youngest runner is North Haven's Tietjen, who is 51. There are also three cancers survivors among the group.

Want to root for the 19 veteran racers? Here are the special yellow-colored bib numbers they will be wearing.

RUNNER

Town

BIB #

David Condit

Avon

52

Rick Conte  

Branford

53

Peter Halsey

New Haven

56

Edward Halstead

Woodbridge

57

Thomas Holman

New Haven

58

Jim Kennedy

North Haven

59

Robert Lampo

Clinton

60

Mark Martin

Guilford

73

Charles Matassa

New Haven

61

James McCormack Jr.

West Haven

62

Steven McLaughlin

Branford

63

Walter Messersmith  

Hamden

64

Robert Orgovan

Ansonia

68

George Papuga

East Haven

65

Stephen Praskiewicz

Bethany

67

Kenneth Ritt  

Norwalk

54

Peter Sanchez

New Haven

69

William Schaeffer  

Branford

70

Kurt Tietjen

North Haven 

72

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