Boothbay Region High School senior and champion cross-country runner Will Perkins won the 10th annual Lobster Roll 5k Race on Saturday, July 27 in Boothbay Harbor. Perkins won with a time of 17:48. He was followed by his coach and race organizer Nick Scott, 18:00, and Jason Bigonia of Walpole, 18:15.
Ariel Frederick, 33, of Cambridge, Massachusetts was the first woman to cross the finish line. Her time was 21:58.
The race had 152 runners. “We have had a record number of sponsors,” said Scott. Proceeds will go to improving running trails at the high school, he said.
He thanked the volunteers and police for making the race possible. “To run a road race in downtown Boothbay Harbor takes a phenomenal (amount) of manpower,” he said.
The race was dedicated to Neal Verge, the starter of the Kids Fun Race.
“He is the essence of a community member,” said Scott.
Among the senior runners was Jim Ryan, 65, of Westchester, Pennsylvania. in his 280th race. He had taken a six-month break following chemotherapy.
Johanna Olsen came in first in the Kids Fun Race.
Adeline Hall of Bremen and Ethan Fletcher won the under 14 class. Skyler Houghton and Soren Zimmer won in the 15-19 age group; Julia Class and John Fichera, the 20-29 age groupings; Kelli Hassey and David Roland, the 30-39 classification; Andrea Olsen and Jason Bigonia, the 40-49 age group; Jennifer Auber and Craig Henley, the 50-59 group; Carolyn Lanigan and Charlie Ault, the 60-69 class; and John Delvecchio, the over 70 group.
Randy Easter was the professional timer.