Frosty morning no match for competitors in Grumpy’s 5k

Nov 6, 2021

Despite the dazzling sunshine, frost still coated much of the ground as 104 runners and walkers competed in the annual Grumpy’s Cranberry Harvest 5k on Saturday, Nov. 6. 

Proceeds from the run benefit the Cranberry Educational Foundation, which gives out scholarships each year.

For many of those competing, the race has become a fall tradition. This year, competitors ranged in age from 10 to 77 years old.

The Smith family said they have run the race for four or five years now. 

Thatcher Smith said the family decided several years ago that they wanted to run one 5k each month — Grumpy’s stuck. 

“This is our favorite 5k,” he said. 

Jen Smith said that the course is peaceful, and the frost made the morning extra beautiful. 

Lincoln Smith said he enjoyed the cranberry juice available after the race, and liked reading the facts posted along the way. He said he learned that it takes 4,400 berries to make one gallon of cranberry juice. 

Len Boutin said he’d been to every Grumpy’s 5k. The race began in 2010, and has been held every year except for 2020, when it was canceled due to the ongoing pandemic.

Dawna Gauvin spoke after the race, thanking those who attended for their support and promising to bring a cowbell for the finish line next year. 

For a complete list of the race results, go to

For more about the Cranberry Educational Foundation, go to