May 12, 2013

Running: Another Maine road-race season is up and running

By John Rolfe

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There are no black flies on the Sub 5 Track Club or its 13-race series co-sponsored by TradeWinds Market Place. The series got a jump-start on 2013 with the Dec. 31, 2012, Epic Finale 5K and the Flattop 5K and the FinishLynx Orrington 10K (won last Saturday by Erik McCarthy, 31, of Old Town in 33:48, and Sarah Mulcahy, 27, of Baring Plantation in 39:46, for ninth place overall) have already gone by.

Next up is the legendary Cobscook Bay 10K ("America's Easternmost") at Pembroke, starting time 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 1. There's a 5K as well, same starting time. And a picnic/salmon feed after, a la Bloater Bash. Course records in the 10K are held by Cake (33:09, 2008) and Elizabeth Brunton of Birch Harbor (39:17 in 2010).

Contact race director Jon Aretakis at 726-5858 or at

The TradeWinds/Sub 5 series concludes Nov. 17 with the Turkey Trot 5K in Brewer. See for more details on races and info on so-far series leaders. Overall winners last year were Adam Goode of Bangor and Kristine Guaraldo of South Portland.

Speaking of races up the coast, where gorgeous scenery and challenging topography go together like the Red Sox and injured pitchers, the new Acadia National Park Half Marathon, on Sunday, June 2, filled about a month ago, said race director Becky Carroll. The MDI YMCA-managed race is capped at 250, at the behest of the numbers-limiting national park service to whom the Y is beholden (just as the Y's September half-marathon is capped, at 400).

"You're about 200th on the list" of callers and emailers to inquire about the June race, Carroll noted. There is no waiting list, and the registration option of raising $200 for a send-a-kid-to-camp fundraiser has also filled.

On the other hand, Carroll said the fall MDI YMCA half-marathon on Saturday, Sept. 21, is not yet full, but has about 10 spots left. If -- er when -- the race fills, there'll be $10 raffle tickets, for one entry, available. For the moment, go to to sign up.

John Rolfe of Portland is a road runner. He can be reached at 791-6429 or at:


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