Peter Pan, Mickey Mouse, Kermit the Frog and Harry Potter were just a few of the costumed characters participating in the third annual HallowYunk 5K through Manayunk this weekend. The Halloween-themed race, which featured 250 participants, benefited DePaul Catholic School on West Logan Street in Philadelphia.
Most of the Philadelphia sports teams were represented along with recent pop culture figures with costumes such as Angry Birds and Honey Boo Boo. Classic costumes like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Miss Piggy were also present.
Jackie Costantino and Erik Rogers, who dressed as Tinkerbell and Peter Pan, were first-timers at the HallowYunk 5K.
“I’m kind of a runner,” Costantino said, “and this just sounded fun getting to dress up for Halloween.”
Peter Nicholas, who has participated in the event for several years, said he likes participating in the race because he wants to support the DePaul Catholic Church.
“They have a community of people around them that are helping them in all kinds of ways and I just want to be a part of that,” Nicholas said. “I think they are a great cause and are doing good work.”
Stephan Janczewski, president of DePaul Catholic School, said this year’s race had the biggest turnout. Janczewski estimated that about $10,000 was raised for the school.
Students from DePaul volunteered to hold signs in order to keep runners on the correct path.
Jolene Fulmore graduated from DePaul in 2010. This was her third year volunteering at the HallowYunk 5K.
“I like supporting the DePaul Catholic School because I did graduate from there so I like to stay connected to the school,” Fulmore said.
The overall male winner was Will Stafstrom with a time of 16 minutes and 32 seconds. The overall female winner was Kara Gaston with a time of 18 minutes and 59 seconds.