15th annual Westport Island road race gets ‘great group of runners’

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 12:15pm

The 15th annual Westport Island Shore Run 10K Road Race took place under overcast but clear skies on Sunday, Aug. 18. A spirited group of walkers, led by a pack of cute pups on leashes, completed the 3.5-mile "Fun Walk.”

“Maine’s Best Little 10K Road Race” had a great group of runners took to the road for this exciting race on a USATF-certified beautiful course that wound through scenic pine and fir tree forests and over two bridges spanning inlets to Heal Cove and Montsweag Bay.

The race benefited the Westport Volunteer Fire Department, whose members directed traffic and provided logistical support. Over the past 14 years, the race has generated over $20,000 in proceeds for the department. It is estimated that this year's race raised over $1,200 for the firefighters.

This year, the first place female winner of the 10K race was Ariel Perry of Portland; William Strachan of Terrebonne, Oregon was the first place male winner. Theresa Hendrix of Scarborough was the second place female finisher; Andy Smith of Wiscasset was the second place male finisher. Nora Bradford of Westport Island was the third place female finisher; Rob Polishook of New York, New York was the third place male finisher.

This year, our race sponsors were Wayfair; Maine Yankee; Sheepscot River Marine Service; Bath Savings Bank; Ames True Value Supply; Newcastle Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge; Norm's Used Cars; Crossroads Coffee; the Westport Community Association and the Hampton Inn of Bath.

Many thanks go to our volunteers, including Mike Kraynak, Robin Axelrad, Marcy Whitney, Jordan Whitney, Adam Whitney and Matt Segal. Thanks also goes to Jim McCorkle of 5K Sports Management who timed the race again this year for the 15th time.

For more information about this year's race, and all of the results, go to westportisland.org