April 14, 2013

Patriots Day 5-miler: 'King Louie' rules the men; Anderson repeats for women

Louie Luchini wins by more than a minute, while Meredith Anderson beats her 2012 winning time by 17 seconds.

By Steve Craig scraig@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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The 84th Boys and Girls Club Patriots Day 5-mile road race in Portland had 372 finishers this year, down slightly from last year’s total of 407. The race is the oldest in Maine and one of the oldest in the nation.

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Winner Louie Luchini of Ellsworth, left, congratulates second-place finisher Chris Harmon of Scarborough after finishing the 84th Patriots Day 5-mile race in Portland on Sunday.

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"We're telling people a whole year and a week in advance," Myatt said. "Just about everybody can get a day off if they let people know a year in advance."

One person who needs no convincing to come back is Dennis Morrill. The 73-year-old Portland resident finished his 44th consecutive Patriots Day race and 47th overall.

Morrill's first race remains his fastest, a 28:28 to place fourth in 1958. He ran the next two years, then returned in 1970 when he was an English teacher at Mt. Blue High School and has made every start since, finishing 362nd this year in 1:03:55.

"There were two years where I was deathly sick and I still ran it because I was a dope," Morrill said. "That really is stupid to run when you're that sick, but I did it because I wanted to keep my streak alive."

Now, Morrill said his annual return to the roads fulfills a simple but strong urge to "challenge his body," to find out what he is capable of accomplishing.

"When spring comes around you just feel that need and you get out and run," Morrill said.

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Women’s winner Meredith Anderson of Portland crosses the finish line during the 84th Boys and Girls Club Patriots Day 5-mile road race in Portland on Sunday. Ellsworth native Louie Luchini was the men’s winner.

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Competition is keen at the finish as Laura Johnson, left, of Portland edges Anne McKee, 14, of Hallowell for second place in the women’s division.

 


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