Eventual winner Louie Luchini, far right, is among the early eaders as the race gets under way Sunday morning on Park Avenue, en route to Hadlock Field.

May 12, 2013

It's Luchini, again, in Mother's Day road race

Louie Luchini wins his fourth straight Sea Dogs Mother's Day 5K, crossing the plate in 15:03, and Erica Jesseman of Scarborough is the winning female contender.

By Steve Craig scraig@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Louie Luchini is all smiles as he rounds the corner toward home plate and the finish line, finishing first in the Portland Sea Dogs Annual Mother's Day 5K road race Sunday.

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Scarborough’s Erica Jesseman leads all women, finishing sixth overall in 16:42, and has her sights set on making the 2016 Olympic marathon team.

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"I've run this race so many times and a few years ago I said, 'it's Mother's Day. Why would I want to put myself through the pain?"' said Sheri Piers, a mother of three. "So I've come to watch it and enjoyed watching it and now that (Karley) has started running, I've started running with her instead."

Among the early finishers was 15-year-old Jason Higginbotham of Brunswick, 14th overall in 17:44. He was waiting for his mother, Janice Jaffe, who would finish in a very respectable 25:25, 364th overall and third in the women's 55-59 group. Higginbotham said he has a lifetime connection between running and his mother.

"I started running because she used to do marathons when she was younger and she had to give it up when she had me," Higginbotham said. "So now, since we found out about this race, every year we come out and run it. It's just become a tradition."

Among the more impressive age-group winning efforts were Erik Bropst, 14, of Freeport taking the boys' 14-and-under in 18:58; 20-year-old Colin Cundy of Phippsburg running 16:50 in the men's 15-24; Tamlyn Frederick of Brunswick's 20:00 in the female 25-29; and Tunde Schwartz of Portland going 20:44 in the women's 40-44 group.

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Photos by Derek Davis/Staff Photographer Three-year-old Maxwell Conn probably was saying “Faster, Mommy and Daddy!” to parents Erinn and Jeremy Conn, who did the real legwork.

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The mother and daughter team of Sheri and Karley Piers nears the finish line, daughter first, who ran best among the 14-and-under girls, finishing in 23:48, a few strides ahead of her mom.

 


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