BANGOR, Maine — With noteworthy events such as the Boston Marathon and the Portland Patriots’ Day 5-Miler little more than a week away, this marks a quiet time on the state’s road racing schedule.
But area distance runners seeking a speed workout and a one-of-a-kind start can check out the second annual Cadillac 5K, set to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Bangor Mall.
The quirk of this event is that it actually starts inside the mall at the Cadillac Mountain Sports storefront.
“We opened the store in the JCPenney wing of the mall last year and just thought it would be a fun, unique idea to start the race inside the mall,” said Joe Moran, Cadillac Mountain Sports’ director of marketing.
Moran said runners will be inside for approximately the first 200 feet of the race before heading outside.
“We had more than 100 runners last year, and it might have bottlenecked there a little bit, but not much,” said Moran. “The runners didn’t mind it; I think they liked the unique experience.”
The 3.1-mile course proceeds around the nearby Oriental Jade restaurant before taking a lap around the perimeter of the mall and then a shorter lap near the sidewalks just outside the structure.
Champions of the inaugural event last year were Randy MacDonald of Hampden, who edged Dustin Ramsay of Hampden by two seconds with a winning time of 18 minutes, 30 seconds; and Kristine Guaraldo of Brewer, who won the women’s division in 19:41.
The 2012 race drew a field of 109 finishers.
Runners may register at Cadillac Mountain Sports’ Bangor Mall store 5-8 p.m. Friday, and race-day registration is 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the starting line. Registration is $10, $5 of which benefits the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine.
202 Mainers dot Marathon field
Two hundred and two Maine runners have registered for the 117th Boston Marathon, scheduled for Monday, April 15.
The Pine Tree State contingent will be part of an overall field of 26,785 runners — 15,201 men and 11,584 women — who will seek to make their way along the 26.2-mile route from Hopkinton to Boston.
Registered Maine runners in the field range in age from 19-year-old Christopher Carr of Brunswick and 20-year-old Michaela Swiatek of Kennebunk to 72-year-old Bernd Heinrich of Weld and 66-year-old Jane Sable of Saco.
Also slated to run is 1984 Olympic gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson of Freeport. Samuelson, 55, is a two-time Boston Marathon winner, including in 1983 when she set what was then a world record for the distance, at 2 hours, 22 minutes and 43 seconds.
Samuelson also won Boston in 1979.
The top Mainers in the 2012 race were Nicholas Wheeler of Rockland, 35th overall and 32nd among men’s finishers in 2:33:30; and Sheri Piers of Falmouth, 99th overall and 10th in the women’s field in 2:41:55.
Piers is entered in this year’s race but Wheeler is not registered, according to information from the Boston Athletic Association.
Marube, Freimer reigning Patriots’ Day race champs
What’s billed as the state’s oldest road race returns for its 84th edition at noon Sunday, April 14, when the Portland Patriots’ Day 5-Miler hits the streets of Maine’s largest city.
Morinda Marube of Auburn and Meredith Freimer of Portland led a field of 407 runners who completed the race a year ago, Marube won the overall title in 25:14, with Clayton Conrad of North Yarmouth (26:18), Judson Cake of Bar Harbor (26:20) and Adam Goode of Bangor (26:47) next among men’s finishers.
Freimer won the women’s championship with a time of 31:30, followed by Erzie Nagy of Albion (31:54), Guaraldo (32:23) and Sayo Yamagata of Brooklyn, N.Y. (33:33).
Runners may register online for this year’s race at www.baystateevents.com or beginning at 9 a.m. on race day at the Portland Boys & Girls Club, 277 Cumberland Ave.