Thursday, December 12, 2013
By JOHN ROLFE
Here's a pupu platter of running news, with Maine's second-oldest footrace enjoying primacy of place, as is only right and just.
The 51st running of the Bangor Labor Day 5-Miler saw Adam Goode, 29, of Bangor, race to a fine victory in 25:29, as he was chased in by Erik McCarthy, 32, of Old Town in 26:03. As Goode continues to enjoy an excellent racing season, so too does Sarah Mulcahy, 28, of Baring Plantation, who ruled the women's division in 31:46, with Laura Johnson, 31, of Portland just 3 seconds behind. There were 152 finishers.
As the Bangor Daily News noted, Goode's finish matched Judson Cake's time in 2005 as second-fastest ever in the event, bettered only by Louie Luchini's 25:02 last year. Goode was second in 2012, in 25:34, and also won the race in 2006, in 27:19.
After 10 events, Goode leads the 13-race TradeWinds Marketplace series in both men's overall, where McCarthy is second, and in his 20-29 age division, where he is followed by Matt Homich of Ellsworth. Next in the series is the Great Pumpkinfest 4K at Blue Hill at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 22.
THE MUSTANG 5K at Massabesic High in Waterboro is on for the sixth straight year, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. Race director T.J. Hesler promises a fast course with a finish on the Ronco Stadium track, plus prizes and refreshments, as inducements to "come run, walk, jog or crawl." Or possibly all four.
Race-day registration begins at 8:30. T-shirts go to the first 100, and the throwback $15 fee benefits the school's cross country teams. For more information or a race application -- the old-school event does not have online registration -- contact Hesler at 310-8987 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Course records were set in the race's birthday year, by Andrew van Hoogenstyn of Scarborough with his 15:40, and Chris Snow-Reaser of Dayton (19:07). Van Hoogenstyn, 28, won again last year in 15:48, and Amber Bantz, then a Massabesic senior, led the women in 22:50.
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED for the Maine Marathon and Half Marathon, which reached its cap of 3,500 entrants. The 22nd edition of the event will be Oct. 6.
IT'S NOT EVERY day you get to race the no-longer-common 4-mile distance, so here's your chance. The Seaside 4-Miler, described as scenic, flat and fast, is set for 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at Fort Foster in Kittery Point. There's a free kids race (age 3-10) at 9:30.
There will be awards not only by age group, but also in categories, including Best Pirate Costume and Fastest Teacher (the event is a Kittery PTA benefit). Race coordinator Sybil Carven, a founder of the Coastal Athletic Association and a veteran of scores of races, notes that "I personally think this race has everything -- little traffic, nice flat straightaways, and a few minor hills to make it interesting, as well as great scenery."
Prizes include GoLite shoes for the winners and Runners Alley and Portsmouth Brewery gift certificates, and the first 100 registrants receive a multi-purpose cooler bag.
Sign up at kitterypta.org or running4free.com. The fee is $17 for early registration or $25 on race day, or $12/$17 if you're doing the 2.5-mile walk. Carven can be contacted at email@example.com for more information.
Last year's winners were Aaron Chelate, 30, of Saco in 21:32, and Christine O'Leary, 26, of Somersworth, N.H., in 26:43, good for sixth overall of 142 finishers.
THE BACK COVE Weekly 5K series wrapped up in style last week with 158 finishers in the concluding event, led by Rob Gomez (16:12) of Saco, who also won the series. Women's champion was Elissa Bradley of Portland, who averaged 19:27 in her six races, and Community Spirit Award winner was Darren Winchenbach of Auburn, who's done every race the last three years and averaged 19:37 in 2013.
John Rolfe of Portland is a road runner. He can be reached at 791-6429 or at: