If a road race has been successful for a few years, there’s usually no reason to make any changes.
Given that, not too much will be different at this weekend’s Flattop 5K race in Lamoine, except maybe the weather and the fact that more people have preregistered.
“I have 86 people so far, which is better than last year,” noted Lamoine resident, longtime runner and co-race director Robin Emery, who runs the show along with Tom Kirby.
One of those 86 runners is Judson Cake, who won the 3.1-mile race last year.
The race that honors the late Bill Pinkham commences at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Lamoine School and includes a one-mile run for kids at 9:30.
Pinkham was a well-known runner who participated in many local races and died after completing the 2005 Walter Hunt Memorial 3K in Bangor.
This year’s race is the first in the Eden Athletics Points Series and the second in the Sub 5 Track Club race series.
Those factors could boost already solid race numbers.
“I think people would come to this anyway. There’s few races at this time of year, everybody wants to get out and run,” Emery said.
The first 25 men and 25 women who signed up will receive T-shirts, but don’t expect to find any vintage shirts this year.
“We kind of got rid of all of Bill’s shirts at last, so this year we’re not having that,” said Emery.
In the past, runners were able to pick out an old race T-shirt from Pinkham’s collection, but runners took the last of those home a year ago.
The out-and-back course is the same fast layout that has been used the last two races.
It traverses Route 184 for a ways before turning onto Shore Road and heading back to the start/finish area at the school.
“There’s a couple hills. It’s not as bad as the first year. … It really keeps you honest,” Emery said.
While 300 people participated in the inaugural event in 2006 — some of Pinkham’s family members who walked the event boosted the field — the average number of participants has been in the mid-100s over the last two years.
“That’s a good turnout for around this time of year and for this area,” Emery said. “[People] just come because it’s a race.”
Prizes will be handed out two-deep in both overall and age-group categories in the men’s and women’s divisions with first-place winners garnering lobster buoys.
It’s only $10 to sign up and registration forms are available at www.sub5.com.
While on the topic of spring races — and it’s a good one to be on judging from the excellent running weather bestowed upon us of late — another local favorite is right around the corner as well.
The fourth annual Lindsey Almenas Memorial 5K is set for April 4 on Indian Island at 10 a.m.
This event honors the memory of the late Old Town High School student who died in a car accident, along with Ryan Worcester, in 2005.
This is another inexpensive and fun race — the fees are $12 up until Friday and $15 thereafter for adults and $8 and $10, respectively, for children.
All proceeds will go to the Lindsey Almenas Scholarship Fund.