There was also a strong turnout for the running of the "Spotlight on Youth Kids' Races," run in 1-mile, half-mile and quarter-mile lengths, with nearly 200 kids participating.
"It's actually one of the bigger kids' races of this area, other than the Freihofer's," said Tom Adams.
Indoors at the Middle School, runners enjoyed pre- and post-race massages from members of the Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy, and a traditional bowl of soup following the finish.
The Bethlehem Food Pantry was also on hand to collect donation. William Vail, of the town's Senior Services Department, left the event with several boxes piled full with nonperishable items, a definite increase from that collected last year, he said.