One of Maine’s most popular road racing events will be running into a new era this summer.
The Walter Hunt Memorial 3K, which is set for its annual Fourth of July running on Saturday, has new leadership as longtime race director Dave Torrey has handed over management duties to the Sub 5 Track Club, the Bangor-area running club which receives the race proceeds.
Club member Ryan King of Stockton Springs is handling technical aspects such as registration while Sub 5 president Samantha Matoush of Bangor has been handling duties in Bangor like meeting with T-shirt vendors, trying to recruit volunteers and checking things out with sponsors.
“It’s a shared responsibility. The board [of Sub 5] has really taken it over,” King said.
A total of 170 have preregistered for the race, which gives T-shirts to the first 250 who sign up.
King got a jumpstart on race organization a few months ago, but soon realized that he would need some help, especially living in Stockton Springs, about a half hour from Bangor.
“I did all the early-on stuff, made the first contacts with all the sponsors, then realized this is bigger,” King said. “Being a Sub 5 race and bringing in significant revenue, it can’t be put on one person’s shoulders. It needs to be shared.”
Since Sub 5 has always been a major sponsor of the race, club members are being rewarded this year, as members will get to run the race for free.
For everyone else, the fee is only $8.
The race should mark a dawn of the new management era as Dave Jeffery, who directed the Brewer High Turkey Trot for many years, handed over those duties to current Brewer track coach Jamerson Crowley in 2007 while Skip Howard directed his last race last year.
“It is going into a new area of race management, the second generation, third maybe,” King said.
Another longtime figure of the 4th of July race, Steph Peavey, will be timing the event for the final time this summer.
As for the event itself, Riley Masters of Veazie will be one of the top competitors. Masters, who will be a sophomore at the University of Maine in the fall, has his sights set on the course record of 8 minutes, 10 seconds, which has stood since 1987.
Tim Wakeland established the mark that year while Gerry Clapper recorded the exact same time a year later.
If Masters gets a nice, not too humid day to run, he has the speed to crack the course record.
Two-time reigning women’s champion Hilary Maxim, also a UMaine sophomore to-be, has not signed up yet.
Local youths off to Nationals
Several area youths enjoyed stellar performances at the USA Track and Field Junior Olympic Region I championship meet at Fitchburg State (Mass.) College over the weekend.
Four local athletes in three different age groups qualified for the national championships, set for July 28-Aug. 2 in Greensboro, N.C.
In the 13-14 age group, two Old Town athletes qualified in Tia Jackson and Ali King.
Jackson came in second in the high jump, clearing 4 feet, 9¾ inches, long jump (16-9¾) and triple jump (33-9¼) while King earned runner-up honors in the javelin (70-5) and discus (68-11).
In the midget (ages 11-12) group, Anna Bryan, who competes for the Brewer Track Club, won the discus with a heave of 68-8 while taking home a silver medal in the javelin (88-7) and shot (28-3).
In the bantam (9-10) category, Harley Denning of Old Town was clocked in 12 minutes, 46.64 seconds in the 1,500 race walk, good for second place.