Thank you to all of the runners, volunteers, and sponsors who made the 2nd annual Central Maine Striders Fall Classic 10k a success!
There are sooo many great photos from the race, but unfortunately we can't post them all here. Please check out more photos from our race photographers:
David Colby Young @ Maine Running Photos
Central Maine Striders Alicia MacLeay and Jim Kirby
Special thanks to Ryan Goebel, Kate Scott, and Tom McGuire for organizing the race; Ryan Goebel and Ron Peck for marking and measuring the course; Tom McGuire and Ron Paquette for setting up the course on the morning of the race, DJ Pohlmann and Lynda McGuire for handling race day registration and lending expertise to the all important task of assembling the race results; Tom McGuire for recruiting and organizing the team of volunteers; Ian Hepburn, Ron Paquette, and Kate Scott for greeting runners, and checking them in; newcomer Jim Kirby for getting involved and helping with timing and taking some amazing photos; Beth Bridger, Shannon Delaney, Ian Hepburn, Alicia MacLeay, John Manzer, Amy Stabins, and Deb Violette for being out on the course and keeping the runners safe; Alicia McLeay for doing double duty and taking photos while directing runners on the course; Shannon Delaney for taking up the back of the pack on her bicycle; Julie Millard for arranging for the gorgeous pottery mugs for the winners; Julie Millard for arranging and donating flowers as additional lucky draw prizes; Beth Bridger for assisting with the lucky draw; Rob Krickus for keeping the club's and the race's finances in line; David Colby Young of Maine Running Photos for providing great photos of all of the runners at this event and so many other running events around the state; and Ryan Goebel for designing the t-shirts, securing donations, and MC'ing the event.
by Drew McCormick
-Waking up the morning of the 16th Annual Doc and Mardie Brown 5K, as many of the participants could attest, was a strange morning weather wise. It looked as if it was going to be cool but it wasn't really (mid 70's) and it was as humid as ever. If us Mainers weren't already used to it, the weather may have been downright debilitating. There with that out of the way, on to the race!
Arriving at the Waterville Alfond Youth Center was a little different due to the construction going on in the parking lot, but there was still plenty of room. I parked and got my race bib from some very friendly volunteers, and saw the race director Patrick Guerette zooming around! I informed him I was ecstatic that he would not be able to run this race, and that it gave me a chance for the age bracket win! I then headed right over to the Central Maine Striders tent for some pre-race nerve talk with Kate, Ron, Ryan and Julie which helped as always, I was then off for some warm up miles. There were racers warming up along North Street and everyone was friendly saying good morning to one another. Just an all around great feel/vibe to the air.
First up was the kids fun run which had an incredible turn out this year and was fun as advertised! I was lucky enough to help a little bit during the race by standing on the last turn directing the kids to the finish. It was a blast seeing the expressions and determination on the kids faces as they rounded the corner for the finish line! Directly after the fun run was the main event...the 5K!
Runners started lining up along the marked area for the race start on North Street headed toward Colby College as always, however road construction prohibited pedestrians from passing along the normal route. Patrick, the fearless race director (mentioned earlier), mastered the art of the pivot and laid out a new dynamic course which incorporated the trail along the Messalonskee stream behind the Alfond Youth Center. As the racers were lining up at the start the mood was light and jovial, Patrick said a few words thanking the sponsors, volunteers and participants then we were off!
Ron Peck and I charged out head-to-head as we bobbed and weaved through the pack from North Street onto the trail. The low light level in the trail due to the cloud cover made it a little extra difficult to navigate through the roots and frost heaves in the pavement but it was a neat change to the sudden and extended uphill start of the normal 5K race route.
Once we hit the road the race seemed to kick up a notch in speed, (Ron pulled ahead!) there is something about being in the open air and out of the tree cover. A fairly quick uphill on Edgemont Ave, then a long turning downhill from West St. onto Gilman St. made up the route until you hit the N Riverside Drive neighborhood where you made a short uphill loop. Just before the entrance to the neighborhood is where I made my glorious passes of Connor Pellerin and Ron Peck!
The plan was then to boogie back to the Alfond Youth Center by way of North street where you made a glorious finish under the big blow up finish line arch! I am happy to say the plan worked and I came in 2nd place with an official time of 18:57! After I caught my breath for a few I was able to socialize again and cheer on friends and other fellow participants.
The event flowed very smoothly with awards being distributed immediately after the race. The amount of prizes this year was spectacular with there being about 50 participants, a lot were reaping the benefits of their hard work! All in all this is a fantastic race regardless of the course layout. It has a real "hometown" feel as one of the racers, Andrew Catalina, said to me and that's why I personally like it so much. I hope this race continues to grow, if you were on the fence about racing this event in the past have no fear this is a fantastic event that skips all the "tude" and focuses on the FUN! See you at the 17th Annual Doc and Mardie Brown 5K! (PS: Don't forget all Striders get a discount on the race fees!)
(Full results from the 2021 Doc & Mardie 5k can be found here: https://my.raceresult.com/177915/results)