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24th Annual Waterford Fall Foliage Road Race

By Paula Easton

The rain cleared up and Sunday, October 8th, was a beautiful day for a road race. Fall colors were starting to peak, it was partly sunny, and the smell of delicious chili was in the air. The race is the annual fund raiser for the Tony Waldeier Scholarship Fund to further the education of Waterford students. There were 108 runners and 37 walkers registered for the 5K, and 31 registered for the 1-mile Fun Run for children 12 and under for a total of 176 participants in the 24th Annual Waterford Fall Foliage Road Race.

The race, always held on the second Sunday in October, is made possible by the efforts of the volunteers from the community; donations; t-shirt sales; and most importantly, the runners. The October 2024 race will mark our 25th anniversary. The Tony Waldeier Scholarship Fund has awarded 127 scholarships in 24 years. That is quite an accomplishment for all our organizers, volunteers, and participants.

The chili cook-off was put on by and funds the Waterford/Harrison PTO. Twenty-two chilis were entered this year. Jared Santos received the most votes and came in first place for the chili competition. This was Jared’s second time securing first place – he also won in 2019. Second place went to Sierra Simpson and third place to Jacqueline Fanning.

For race results and photos, go to

and scroll to the the October 8th Waterford Race.

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