BANGOR, Maine — Erik McCarthy of Old Town overcame warm, muggy conditions on Monday morning while running to victory in the 52nd edition of the Bangor Labor Day 5-Mile Road Race.
The 33-year-old McCarthy covered the course in 26 minutes, 35 seconds, cruising across the finish line more than two minutes ahead of runner-up Graham Pearsall of Guilford, who was clocked in 28:42.
It was McCarthy’s second Bangor title, as he also won the 2009 race. He is the first repeat winner in the last six years in the event that is the second-oldest road race in Maine.
Sarah Mulcahy of Baring Plantation, 29, took home top honors in the women’s division for the second consecutive year. She finished 11th overall in 32:12, slightly behind her 2013 clocking of 31:46.
Mulcahy was the third-place finisher in 2012.
McCarthy’s winning time was slower than last year’s 25:29 — the second-best in race history, turned in by Adam Goode of Bangor. He finished second to Goode a year ago and also was the runner-up in 2007.
Goode did not run this year.
Chris Bridges of Dexter was right on Pearsall’s heels to take third place in 28:43, while Perry LeBreton of Kenduskeag (29:42), a three-time winner of the race, and Brewer’s Ian Fraser (30:00) wound up fourth and fifth, respectively.
Bob Ciano, a 60-year-old from Castine, placed sixth in 30:30.
Kristine Guaraldo of Brewer took second among the women and was 21st overall with a time of 34:05. She was followed by Carrie Pike of Bangor (34:53), Lisa Kingsbury of Hampden (35:41) and Katherine Collins of Winterport (35:53).
Runners dealt with some sticky conditions for the race’s 9 a.m. start with a temperature of 71 degrees and a relative humidity of 90 percent.
A field of 120 competitors finished the race, including 77-year-old Dick Storch of Orono and Rene Collins of Clifton, 72, who were the eldest of the competitors in their respective divisions.