May 19, 2013

Running: Coast Marathon makes pleasant, fast return

By John Rolfe

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"I kept waiting for it to feel easy, but it never did," Scannell said of his 3:53:27 on Sunday. "I started looking for mile markers at mile 1."

Still, Scannell ran a Boston qualifier without training much, apart from a lot of Nordic skiing last winter. He noted that some other alums who entered "made the mistake of training," which led to injury.

"A lovely course; you don't even need to control traffic. Flat but not boring, with four of five parts where you run along the water. ... (Melton) did a really good job, really making an effort to welcome people back and tie in the race's history to its present. Nicely done."

Like McCarthy, Kelly Bennett Brown, 49, of Lewiston finished feeling better than after any of her previous marathons (her PR is a 3:06 at Sugarloaf) and her 3:30:40 was tops in her age division. At age 20, Brown made her marathon debut here in 1984, running 3:10 while paced by Paul Hammond (a Maine Running Hall of Fame guy since 2002).

This year, she also had the pleasure of seeing running partner Melissa Hebert, 36, of Lewiston, finish in 3:39:16 to nail her Boston-qualifying goal.

"No flashbacks -- I barely even remembered the course," Brown said. "I was just happy and excited that everything felt so good."

Bob Randall of Springvale was among the alumni, and at age 76, the oldest in the group. Due to knee woes he planned to run only 10 miles, cutting down a side street to hop in his car near Walker's Point in Kennebunkport, but ended up continuing on the course and then to his car to cover almost 14 miles.

"A great event," commented Randall. "I had to go, just for the shirt and the memories." Randall ran MC four times in the '80s, in the 3:15-3:20 range; totalled 45 marathons, with a 2:58 PR at Marine Corps; and who "retired" from marathoning at age 59 after running the 1996 Boston 100, his 15th there ...

Duh! Slap me with a bloater. The Downeast Salmon Federation was the organization behind the May 11 Smolt Bolt and Bloater Bash 4-miler, mentioned here last week and incorrectly attributed. Winners were Jon Aretakis of Pembroke in 24:18, and Sarah Mulcahy of Baring Plantation, fourth overall in 24:59.

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


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