June 23, 2013

Running: Top July 4th races as popular as ever

By JOHN ROLFE

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CONDOLENCES TO THE family and friends of Harold Hatch, who died at home in Castine on June 14 at age 73.

Hatch, a longtime coach and teacher, was inducted into the Maine Running Hall of Fame in 2006 (his wife, Andrea, was inducted two years later). His athletic accomplishments extended over several decades, including the New England high school cross country championship out of Pemetic High in Southwest Harbor in 1956, and competition as one of the region's best masters runners into the 1990s.

When Hatch was 40, he set a New England masters mile record, 4:38.6. His obituary in the Bangor Daily News included this tidbit: "(Castine) townspeople also delighted in seeing Harold ride his bike pedaling backwards while sitting atop his handlebars, a tradition he continued into his 70s."

Read Hatch's Hall bio at www.runmaine.org for a fuller appreciation of one of Maine's finest.

CONGRATULATIONS TO Sheri Piers and Mary Pardi of Falmouth, and Joan Benoit Samuelson of Freeport for their Freihofer's Run for Women 5K performances. Piers (17:24) and Pardi (18:43) were second and third in the masters division, and Samuelson (18:56) was second in the over-50 division. ... And raise a Jack Russell's Steakhouse & Brewery pint glass to Tom St. Germain, 46, of Bar Harbor, who won the first Acadia National Park Half Marathon in 1:27:13. St. Germain owns the Eden Street pub. Top woman was another home-towner, 23-year-old Breanna Kelly, 11th overall, in 1:41:16.

IF YOU HAVEN'T YET run the Tour du Lac 10-miler, now's nearly the time to seize the day, from the cowbell race start to the homemade jam as awards. The next event in the Sub 5/Tradewinds Marketplace series is Saturday, June 29, starting at 7:30 a.m. at the Bucksport town swimming pool.

Registration starts at 6:30 a.m. and the fee is $13, an excellent value if you judge races by their hills, which the Tour is rumored to have, plus there are shirts for the first 70 entrants. The 2012 winners were Louie Luchini of Ellsworth in 55:57 and Kristine Guaraldo of South Portland in 1:10:28. Entry forms are at www.sub5.com, or contact Chris and Margaret Jones at 469-9901 or Christopher.Jones@ RSU25.org. Course records are Luchini's 50:20 in 2011, and Cassie Hintz's 59:06 in 2006.

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

jrolfe@pressherald.com

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