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Millinocket Marathon is a race, but so much more — Running — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

Millinocket Marathon is a race, but so much more — Running — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

By Ernie Clark, BDN Employees •
December eight, 2018 6:51 pm

Up to date: December eight, 2018 eight:17 pm

MILLINOCKET, Maine — The descent down Route 11 into the guts of this former milltown often reveals a comparatively quiet group within the weeks main as much as the vacation season.

It was something but that on Saturday morning, as more than a thousand runners and their supporters converged on the Magic Metropolis for the fourth annual Millinocket Marathon and Half-Marathon.

Clear skies and a majestic view of Mount Katahdin eclipsed the temperature of 10 levels and an more and more biting wind from the northwest in the course of the occasion, which veteran race organizer and entrepreneur Gary Allen created 4 years in the past to assist present an financial increase for a group arduous hit by paper mill closures.

Whereas fifty runners accomplished the inaugural Millinocket Marathon in 2015, some 1,300 runners crossed the end line of both the marathon or half-marathon in Yr four.

“I’m sure the cold kept a few people away,” Allen stated. “But I think the spirit of what we’ve created here has really inspired people to think that it might be cold but we still want to come and make a difference.”

“We created some ripples in Year 1, and I think those ripples now have become surfable waves,” Allen stated.

The chilly temperature and the layers of clothes required for cover from the chilly left few runners more likely to set private data for both the 13.1-mile half-marathon — a one-loop course that started downtown on Penobscot Avenue, went again up Route 11 after which out the well-known logging Golden Street earlier than returning to city — or the two-loop 26.2-mile marathon.

But that wasn’t actually the purpose.

“It’s a great idea,” stated Christine Hein of North Yarmouth. “Having grown up in Maine, I love this state and want to see towns be able to thrive despite economic changes. It’s fun to be able to do anything to be part of that.”

The races didn’t lack for star energy, both.

Derrick Hamel, 35, of Newmarket, New Hampshire, who gained the general title by almost 10 minutes together with his time of two hours, 40 minutes and 25 seconds, was barely a month faraway from ending 30th on the New York Metropolis Marathon in 2:25:43.

“I had a couple of friends who were doing it and they invited me last minute and I said, ‘Why not?’” stated Hamel, who beforehand visited Millinocket in 2012 whereas climbing the Appalachian Path. “Considering the terrain and weather today, I’ll take that time. I’m happy with it.”

Ladies’s marathon champion Sarah Mulcahy, 33, of Fort Kent had been even busier. She certified for the 2020 U.S. Olympic ladies’s marathon trials simply final Sunday together with her 2:44:28 effort on the California Worldwide Marathon in Sacramento.

“I took a few days off and was waiting to see how my legs felt, then I called my mother and asked if she’d watch the kids and she said, ‘Are you kidding me?’,” stated Mulcahy, who was timed in three:21:03 whereas turning into the one runner to run all 4 Millinocket Marathons held up to now. “She questioned if I used to be actually going to do it, but I simply determined to play it by ear.

“I thought at the half I might ditch it, but I was feeling OK so I kept going and then I ran with a couple of people back up the Golden Road and that helped.”

Hein, a physician at Maine Medical Middle in Portland and Maine’s prime ladies’s finisher on the 2017 Boston Marathon, gained the half-marathon in 1:27:38, 24 seconds forward of Portland’s Eliza Tibbits.

“I’d never been to Millinocket and I’ve lived in Maine all of my life, so I was happy to come,” stated Hein, whose grandfather was a logger. “The race is totally different than other races because the course conditions are so hard that you can’t run as fast as you normally would. It’s actually a lot of fun just grinding it out and having the challenge of the hills — and that view is incredible.”

Bartholomew Rust, an 18-year-old Bates School freshman from Croton-on-Hudson, New York, gained the lads’s half-marathon in 1:13:18, with Bangor’s Richard Sukiennik ending second with a time of 1:16:28.

For many individuals of both race, their objectives had little to do with profitable or dropping.

“I came last year and had such a good time, and this is such a community-oriented event that there was no way I wasn’t coming back for a second time,” stated Robert Toonkel of Elmira, New York, who accomplished his 43rd marathon of the yr and completed with a time of three:52:01. “If you’re here to set a world record I don’t think this is really the place, but it’s got beautiful views and this race is about the community and enjoying yourself and having fun.”

Runners and their buddies and households started arriving on this northern Penobscot County group on Friday, partially to help the group’s eating places, motels and different companies — Allen’s request in change for making the races free to enter.

“During the shoulder seasons like this time in December and in the springtime, any time we can have an event like this in the town and bring a few thousand people it certainly helps right before the holidays,” stated Jamie Brundett who, together with his spouse Michelle, owns the Katahdin Common Retailer on Bates Road and was busy with buyers on race day at their pop-up retailer alongside the ultimate stretch to the end line.

“The town does fairly well during snowmobile season, that kind of carries us through the winter, but late November into December can be a tough time of the year so it’s great to see that many people in town.”