ORLAND – Eric Mauricette of Old Town, just off his strong performance at the MDI Marathon, ran away with this year’s first place at the seven-mile Great Pond Mountain Wildlands Trail Race October 28, with a near record time of 50:48. Meanwhile, the womens’ race was very closely contested from start to finish, with Keri Bassingthwaite of Nottingham, NH (1:08:19) barely edging out Theresa Withee of Rockland (1:08:28).
This year’s race attracted 21 competitors with a great range in age. Most senior finishers were Ed Raymaker, 83, of Ellsworth (2:29:36), first grand masters male finisher, and Karen Gross of Augusta (1:22:51), the first grand masters female.
Juniors were well represented by third overall male winner Oliver Broughton (58:25) and Baxter Forrest (1:12:38), both students at George Stevens Academy.
James Addison Pellerano of Surry (55:53) finished second overall, followed by Oliver Broughton. Third overall female was Paula Lunt of Tenants Harbor with a time of 1:16:13. Theresa Withee was the first master female finisher in addition to her runner-up in the overall category.
Matthew Broughton of Surry was the first master (40-49) male with a time of 1:02:17, edging out former race winner and second masters male James Hunt of Dedham (1:04:04) and third place Stan Pelletier of Ellsworth (1:14:14).
The race benefitted Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust, which owns and manages the 4,300-acre Great Pond Mountain Wildlands and its 15 miles of multi-use trails. Many thanks to race organizer Peter Keeney and volunteers Connie Tuller, Jennifer Riefler, Geo Atwood, Karen Keeney, Traci Boddy, Sean Sullivan, Paul DeVore, Tom Kirby, Patrick Reid, Paul Liebow, Hannah Webber, Hans Krichels, the Withee Family, and the Mauricettes.
Runners and snowshoers (and volunteers) are invited to this winter’s Maine Championship Snowshoe Race in the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands, Sunday January 20, starting at Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery. More information is available at www.greatpondtrust.org.
Photo caption: Baxter Forrest of Surry and Bucksport’s Cliff Watson navigate the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands during the Oct. 28 Trail Run. Laurie Schreiber, photo.
1. #421 Eric Mauricette 21M Old Town, Maine. 50:48.Crow Athletics.
2. #423 James Addison Pellerano 23M Surry, Maine. 55:53.
3. #420 Oliver Broughton 14M Ellsworth, Maine. 58:25.
4. #418 Matthew Broughton 44M Surry, Maine. 1:02:17.
5. #425 James Hunt 46M Dedham, Maine. 1:04:04.
6. #429 Cliff Watson 30M Bucksport, Maine. 1:07:04.
7. #413 Keri Bassingthwaite 34F Nottingham, N.H. 1:08:19.Acidotic Racing.
8. #412 Theresa Withee 45F Rockland, Maine. 1:08:28.Crow Athletics.
9. #419 Baxter Forrest 14M Surry, Maine. 1:12:38.
10. #422 Stan Pelletier 44M Ellsworth, Maine. 1:14:14.
11. #431 Paula Lunt 46F Tenants Harbor, Maine. 1:16:13.Crow Athletics.
12. #424 Julie Ginn 40F Bucksport, Maine. 1:18:30
13. #414 Karen Gross 55F Augusta, Maine. 1:22:51.Augusta Trails.
14. #415 Sean Sullivan 38M Ellsworth, Maine. 1:30:49.Go Yankees.
15. #427 Andrea Foster 38F Bucksport, Maine. 1:39:10.WRW.
16. #428 Belle Ryder 35F Bucksport, Maine. 1:39:11.WRW.
17. #426 Jen Tyne 42F Bucksport, Maine. 1:39:12. WRW.
18. #416 Tammy Breen 49F Bangor, Maine. 1:49:10.
19. #417 Anthony Campbell 50M Brewer, Maine. 1:49:10.
20. #430 Ed Raymaker 83M Ellsworth, Maine. 2:29:36.
21. #432 Tom Reardon 44M Ellsworth, Maine. 1:38:00. Late Start.
1M Oliver Broughton 58:25.
2M Baxter Forrest 1:12:38.
19 to 29.
1M Eric Mauricette 50:48.
2M James Addison Pellerano 55:53.
30 to 39.
1F Keri Bassingthwaite 1:08:19.
2F Andrea Foster 1:39:10.
3F Belle Ryder 1:39:11.
1M Cliff Watson 1:07:04.
2M Sean Sullivan 1:30:49.
40 to 49.
1F Theresa Withee 1:08:28.
2F Paula Lunt 1:16:13.
3F Julie Ginn 1:18:30.
4W Jen Tyne 1:39:12.
5W Tammy Breen 1:49:10.
1M Matthew Broughton 1:02:17.
2M James Hunt 1:04:04.
3M Stan Pelletier 1:14:14.
4M Tom Reardon 1:38:00.
50 to 59.
1stF Karen Gross 1:22:51.
1stM Anthony Campbell 1:49:10.
60 & Over.
1M Ed Raymaker 2:29:36