Last year's winner paid his respect to "The Master Squirrel", as was custom, remembering to kneel in the snow in homage to the suffering of nut job runners worldwide.
But then it came time to hand the coveted statue over to the new victor.
And that's when it got ugly.
The red eyes glowed on the squirrel as it smelled the scent of a battle.
Handing over the title is never an easy thing.
Shiva the Destroyer faced off against the Cannibal.
They fought with a viciousness unusual to see in a church parking lot.
But what could have escalated into an epic battle was quickly downgraded to a misunderstanding on the Cannibals part as he was persuasively led to realize that it was time to give up the squirrel.
After claiming her hard earned statue, Shiva went off on her own to reflect on what this new honor would mean in her life. Would it change her? Would she succumb to the squirrel's strange and evil ways? Only time will tell.
Meanwhile, the losers took to the tow path to drown their sorrows in the wind and snow.
And so a new year begins.