There was beautiful weather, with blue skies and fair temperatures, for the 16th Annual Westport Island Shore Run 10K Road Race on Sunday, Aug. 15. There was a record turnout for the race, "Maine’s Best Little 10K Road Race," with 64 runners taking the field, and 10 participants for the 3.5-mile fun walk.
The road race did not occur last year due to the pandemic, but this year it came roaring back. The exciting 10K road race is held on a beautiful course that winds through scenic pine and fir tree forests and over two bridges spanning inlets to Heal Cove and Montsweag Bay. The race benefits the Westport Volunteer Fire Department, whose members directed traffic and provided logistical support. Over the past 15 years, the race has generated almost $25,000 in proceeds for the firefighters. This year, it looks like the race will end up raising almost $1,700 more for the firefighters!
Race winners this year were: Women, first place, Jenna Gould of South Windsor, Connecticut( second, Leslie Nicholas of Gorham; and third, Maggie Hojlo of Wayland, Massachusetts. For men, first, James LePage of Vinalhaven, Massachusetts, second, Liam Scanlon of Woolwich; and third, Shawn Rumery of Searsport.
In 36:36, LePage set a new course record for male runners.
Jim McCorkle of 5K Sports Management ran the computer timing for the race for the 16th time. Sponsors for the race included Wayfair, Maine Yankee, Sheepscot River Marine Services, Key Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Newcastle, Ames True Value Hardware, Crossroads Coffee Beans, First National Bank and Bath Savings Bank.
Thanks to everyone who participated and helped out, including our excellent volunteers: Marcy Whitney, Jordan Whitney and Adam Whitney. See you next year!