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Record field turns out for Brewer High Turkey Trot 3-miler

Posted Nov. 18, 2012, at 4:34 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 18, 2012, at 5:05 p.m.
Runners take off at the start of the 31st annual Turkey Trot in Brewer on Sunday afternoon. The 3-mile race presented by the Sophomore class of Brewer High School was the largest turnout so far with 781 runners participating.
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Runners take off at the start of the 31st annual Turkey Trot in Brewer on Sunday afternoon. The 3-mile race presented by the Sophomore class of Brewer High School was the largest turnout so far with 781 runners participating. Buy Photo
Nick Wheeler of Bangor was the overall winner of the 31st annual Turkey Trot in Brewer on Sunday. His time of 14:48 also set a new course record. This year's 3-mile race along Dirigo Drive presented by the  Sophomore class of Brewer High School was the largest turnout so far with 781 runners participating.
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Nick Wheeler of Bangor was the overall winner of the 31st annual Turkey Trot in Brewer on Sunday. His time of 14:48 also set a new course record. This year's 3-mile race along Dirigo Drive presented by the Sophomore class of Brewer High School was the largest turnout so far with 781 runners participating. Buy Photo
Kristine Guaraldo of Brewer was the first woman to finish the 31st annual Turkey Trot on Sunday with a time of 18:54 on Nov. 18, 2012.
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Kristine Guaraldo of Brewer was the first woman to finish the 31st annual Turkey Trot on Sunday with a time of 18:54 on Nov. 18, 2012. Buy Photo
Mason Duplissie, 16, sports a turkey hat while watching his sister, Aubrey, 13, compete in the kids 1- mile Turkey Trot Sunday afternoon. Aubrey won for the girls with a time of 6:19 and Mason celebrated his 16th birthday at the race.  This year's 3-mile race presented by the sophomore class of Brewer High School was the largest turnout so far with 781 runners participating.
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Mason Duplissie, 16, sports a turkey hat while watching his sister, Aubrey, 13, compete in the kids 1- mile Turkey Trot Sunday afternoon. Aubrey won for the girls with a time of 6:19 and Mason celebrated his 16th birthday at the race. This year's 3-mile race presented by the sophomore class of Brewer High School was the largest turnout so far with 781 runners participating. Buy Photo

BREWER, Maine — Records were obliterated left and right under bright blue skies at the 31st annual Brewer High School Turkey Trot 3-mile road race on Sunday.

The race attracted 781 runners between the main event and the 1-mile run for kids, and on a picture-perfect day for a pre-Thanksgiving jaunt, Nicholas Wheeler turned the race into a cakewalk.

The 26-year-old was never seriously threatened, blasting the out-and-back Dirigo Drive course in 14 minutes, 48 seconds, 17 seconds, short of the 14:31 standard Riley Masters established here in 2009.

Jaron Jones finished nearly two minutes back in 16:16, edging out three other runners in a close battle for second place.

Rounding out the top five were Matt Homich in 16:24, Eric Mauricette in 16:27 and Perry LeBreton in 16:28.

Brewer High School graduate Kristine Guaraldo, 36, wrapped up her Sub 5 points series championship by claiming the women’s division in 18:54.

Guaraldo was never challenged either, as second-place finisher Abby Iselborn, a former Catherine McAuley High School running standout, completed the race in 19:27.

Elizabeth Labun was third among female runners in 19:28, followed by Hampden Academy senior Kylee Parker in 19:30 and Sarah Mulcahy in 19:57.

The main event attracted 519 runners and walkers while 262 kids participated in the 1-mile fun run.

Wheeler, who ran collegiately at the University of Southern Maine, bolted out to the lead from the gun and turned the race into a battle against the clock on a picture-perfect day where the sun-splashed course stayed wind free.

Rounding out the top 10 overall finishers were Phil Lebreton, Perry’s brother, Dustin Ramsay, Bob Carroll, Nicholas Rasmussen and Luke Rand.

The race was the final event in the Sub 5 Track Club race series.

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