Harbor Fest races draw record runners

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 8:30am

A record number of runners took part in the Harbor Fest 5k and half marathon at Boothbay Region High School on Sunday, Sept. 2.

Harbor Fest Director Lori Reynolds estimated the turnout, a mixture of area runners and those from as far as Kansas, was the largest in the race's seven-year history.

First time race director Carey Clark Kelley started 110 5K runners from the football field simultaneous to the start of the half marathoners on Emery Lane.

Tim Sick of Cherryfield, New Jersey won the 5k in 20:05. Joanna Male from Kansas finished first among the women 5k runners with a time of 24:18. Casey Carroll of Dover, New Hampshire won the men’s half marathon in 1:21:39. Leah Nook Frost of Portland won the women’s half marathon in 1:25:00.

Joshua Perlowitz of New Jersey did not expect to win but claimed he was the first to finish from New Jersey at a half marathon in Seattle last week. He has run 13 marathons in recent years. Joe Lu from Boston was running his first race in Boothbay Harbor. He generally runs in mountain endurance races in New England.

Sisters Nicole and Sonja Nelson from New York and Maryland were running in the 5k and half marathon respectively. Jeff Adair of Worcester, Massachusetts was running his fifth half marathon this year. “I am getting a workout,” said Adair.

Chris Addis of Spruceweld, Pennsylvania was there to support her husband Chris in the half marathon.

Proceeds from the event benefited the Live Strong Cancer and Diabetes programs of Boothbay Region YMCA.

More photos can be found in the Harbor Fest gallery.