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.