Pair of five-kilometer races held in southern Aroostook

10 years ago

    The 22nd annual Summerfest 5K Run/Walk was held Aug. 2, with 52 runners and 25 walkers competing in the event.

    The new course is very flat along a stream, out and back, said race chairman John Walker.
“This course is preferred by most all participants,” he said. “The start/finish behind the ball field made for great spectator viewing and photography.”
Finishing first overall under overcast skies and muggy 70-degree temperatures was Jeff Ashby of Presque Isle, who ran the 3.1-mile course in a time of 17 minutes and 45 seconds, followed by Nick Lunn of Hodgdon with a time of 18:47.
Steve Desmond of Caribou was fourth in 19:44, while Rob Langner of Fort Fairfield (22:59) beat out his son, Malcolm (23:02), for the 14th position. John Ala of Fort Fairfield was 16th in 23:37.
Desmond was first in the 30-39 age group and Rob Langner first for 50-59 year-olds.
A week later, the County Open 5K took place in Houlton and featured a field of 46 runners and five walkers.
Chris Rines, a Caribou High School and University of Maine at Presque Isle graduate now residing in Houlton, was the winner in 19:06.
Fourteen-year-old Evan Desmond of Caribou was the runner-up in 19:27, followed by his father, Steve, who finished in 20:40.
Christopher Smith of Presque Isle placed 16th in 25:40.