And was a great way to start the day
Sunday’s 15th Annual Westport Island Shore Run 10K Road Race and 3.5 mile Fun Walk didn’t pull out a crowded field of runners and walkers — but those that came enjoyed themselves, helped support the Westport Volunteer Fire Department and got their blood circulating.
The 10K race winner, William Strachan, Terrebone, OR, outdid the pack of runners with a 6.08 minute pace and a finish time of 38.03. He gave up his well-earned medal to his pint-sized nephew — who took the honor pretty seriously. The 2nd place finisher, Ariel Perry from Portland, ME, conquered the course with a pace of 7:14 and a finish time of 44:54. Andy Smith of Wiscasset rounded out the top three runners with a pace of 7:30 and a finish time of 46.35. All three had great times on a “rolling” course.
Westport Islander Nora Bradford, No. 18, pounded it out into the top 10. She was in 7th place overall, and won a medal for 3rd place among the female runners. Awesome!
The last place 10K runner was first in spirit and “can do”. Judy Phillips from Norwich, VT, in the 60-99 bracket, finished with a smile and then fell into the arms of her waiting husband. She and husband Joseph have come to Westport’s annual Island Run for the last 4 or 5 years because they like the people, the scenery and the lack of traffic on the course. Judy is all about moving and staying active in life, so if all goes as planned, she’ll be back to the island next year.
This year’s walkers brought a record number of canine “four-wheel drive” participants — all of whom finished, met some new friends and made the walk more enjoyable for their “two-wheel drive” companions.
See you next year…
And, a Westport Islander takes home the “gold”
Yesterday was a beautiful day in the neighborhood for the 10th Annual Westport Island Shore Run. And, it was a great day for Westport Island college sophomore, Chase Hughes, who “took home the gold.” He ran first place overall with a winning time of 40:53 minutes — besting last year’s first place winner.
Trying to run a race on Westport Island is no small feat where the temptation is to stop and smell the occasional rose, take in the view from an Adirondack chair on Heal’s Cove, check out the “oyster fields” in Squam Creek, say “hello” to the fishermen and let the dog take a paddle here and there along the shoreline…
All in all, a good day. According to Race Director Rob Whitney, the Fire Department will take in about $1,300 from the run; and the department sold another $200 or so in T-shirts and hats… See the complete race results.