BANGOR — Judson Cake wasn’t sure what to expect when he toed the starting line for the 49th annual Bangor Labor Day Five-Mile Road Race.
“I hadn’t been doing any (short-distance) running workouts. I’d been biking and doing a lot of (long-distance) volume work. I was just testing my fitness and I guess I’m pretty fit,” said Cake after he breezed to a comfortable victory over Brewer’s Caleb Lander.
Cake took the lead early and methodically pulled away, covering the course in 25 minutes, 48 seconds, 19 seconds off his course record set in 2005.
The 33-year-old Cake has won all four Bangor Labor Day races he has entered.
Lander was second in 27:57 and Bangor’s Joe Capehart was third in 28:57. Rounding out the top five were Ellsworth’s Tim Tunney (29:33) and Kenduskeag’s Perry LeBreton (29:43).
Kristine Guaraldo of South Portland coasted to an even more impressive victory as she finished exactly five minutes ahead of Husson University cross country standout Angela Stauble, who led a contingent of Husson runners.
Guaraldo won for the third time in five years with a time of 31:29. Following Stauble across the finish line was 17-year-old Bangor High School senior and cross country runner Miranda Monk (37:08). The fourth- and fifth-place finishers among the women were Husson freshman Alecia Palmer from Presque Isle (37:11) and Hampden’s Mary Parsons (37:13), respectively.
The women’s course record of 29:23 was set by former Old Town High School phenom Cassie Hintz in 2004.
There were 153 who entered the race on a day that featured a prerace downpour followed by humid conditions and overcast skies. There were 118 entrants a year ago.
“I was very happy with my run. I was pretty surprised I could run this time coming off no workouts,” added Cake, who became the 11th runner to have his number retired after the race.
Guaraldo said she used her typical style.
“I went out conservatively one year and wound up running real slow so I said after that if I felt good, I was just going to go (from the start),” said the 35-year-old Guaraldo. “That’s what I did but my first split wasn’t as fast as last year’s, I can tell you that.”
Guaraldo downplayed her victory.
“I’m here more for the fun of running,” said Guaraldo, who finished 11th overall.
Auburn native Lander, now living in Brewer, clipped 28 seconds off his time from a year ago when he finished fourth in his Bangor Labor Day race debut.
“It was good considering my conditioning, I guess,” said the 28-year-old Lander. “I’ve been training for half-marathons, doing longer runs. Judson is quick. I’ve run with him before. He’s a good runner and a good all-around athlete.
“I just wish it had continued raining. It would have cooled things down considerably,” added Lander.
“I knew when Judson showed up that he was going to be the winner,” grinned Capehart, who posted his second consecutive top-three finish. He was second a year ago.
Stauble, a native of Amherst, N.H., said she found the course challenging.
“It was tough. There were some big hills,” said the reigning North Atlantic Conference runner and rookie of the year and NAC championship winner. “But it felt good and I was happy with (my run).”
Stauble and her teammates ran a 5K cross country meet (3.1 miles) on Saturday.
Monk was running the race for the second time and said she did much better than her previous effort. She actually shaved 6:28 off her previous time set two years ago.
Husson University cross country coach Jim Karcanes was the masters winner (40 and over) for men with a time of 29:54 and Parsons was the women’s masters’ champ.
The age group winners were, in ages 1-19, Monk for the girls and Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln cross country runner Joshua Wheeler (30:44) in the boys group; Stauble and Lander, respectively, in the 20-29 group; the husband-and-wife team of Margaret (38:56) and Joe Capehart in 30-39; Winterport’s Katherine Collins (39:40) and Enfield’s David Doore (30:26) in 40-49; Hampden’s Susan O’Brien (40:04) and Castine’s Robert Ciano (31:52) in 50-59; Bangor’s Jeanne Butterfield (46:12) and Chester’s Alan Stockley (37:13) in 60-69 and Corea’s Mary Alice Bruce (56:08) and Ellsworth’s Lloyd Harmon (42:01) in 70-99.