In a down-to-the-wire finish Dina Porter of Cliff Island pulled ahead to finish first with a time of 30 minutes 58 seconds. Jeanne Hackett was second at30:59. Third place overall went to Paul Toohey at 31:15. All three finished faster than last year's first place finish.
The 28th Annual Chebeague 4th of July Road Race and Fun Run set 46 adults 31 children running down the roads of our island. The effort involved more than 10 volunteers to plan, advertise, register, time and dispense awards, water and Popsicles to the participants. The racers were shadowed by Cumberland Police and Chebeague Island Rescue to guard against mishap.
The 4.6-mile race started and ended at the Chebeague Historical
Society. There were 46 registered runners.
The winners were:
Women: 1st Dina Porter 30:58, 2nd Jeanne Hackett
30:59, 3rd Kate Emery 31:42 Men: 1st: Paul Toohey - 31:15,
2nd Dave Lynch 31:27, 3rd Gordon Murphy 31:42 Boys
14 and under: Terrence Tyler 36:31; Girls 14 and under:
Kathleen Ragan 36:59 Under 40: Men: David Lynch 31:27; Women
Kate Emery 31:42
40 and over: Men: Paul Toohey - 31:15; Women - Dina Porter 30:58 50 and over: Men: Dennis Kearney 53:00. 60 and over: Men: Michael Beaudoin 33:37.
The Fun Run covered a 1.1-mile course. There were 31 participants. The first boy was Will Poell, age 11, who finished in 8:42, and won the Fun Run for the second consecutive year. Zoe Johnston, age 11, was the first girl to finish. Her time was 9:57. The race is run under the auspices of the Chebeague Island Council. Beth and Michael Grunko would like to thank The Chebeague Historical Society for allowing us to use their property, as well as the Cumberland Police Department and Chebeague Island Rescue for keeping our runners safe. Jeannette and Ken Hamilton and Leila and Suhail Bisharat for providing water for the runners. We are very grateful to members of the McCullough and Grunko families and a host of would-be spectators for volunteering to help.
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