BANGOR, Maine — Snow-covered roads and a 32-degree temperature failed to deter a field of 149 runners, including an Alaskan runner who went shirtless in a convincing victory during the Epic Sports Finale 5K Sunday morning.
Matthew Adams, 28, of Seward, Alaska, toured the 3.1-mile course in 15 minutes, 47 seconds in a 5:05 pace. The race started and finished at West Market Square, covering parts of State, Hancock and Main streets.
Ken Akiha of Orono finished second in 16:12 while Erik McCarthy of Old Town (16:17), Eric Mauricette of Gaylord, Michigan, (17:54) and Ian Fraser of Brewer (18:06) rounded out the top five.
Two college runners home for the holidays, Angelyn Masters and Adrienne Carmack of Veazie, both 20, crossed the finish line in a first-place tie in the women’s division with a 20:36 clocking. Masters, who is competing at the University of New Hampshire, and Carmack, who is running at Colby College, turned in a 6:38 pace.
Adrienne Carmack’s older sister, Mary, finished third in 21:19 and was followed by Phoebe Peckenham of Orland (21:35). Emily Kagan, a Bangor native and UFC fighter now living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, rounded out the top five in 22:05.
This year’s race raised funds for the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, the Economical Food Cupboard and the Shaw House.