With Bangor’s Riley Masters heading to Mexico to compete in the 1,500-meter run at the North America, Central America, Caribbean Under-23 Championships on July 6-8 and Jen Dagan now living in Massachusetts, Wednesday’s 32nd annual Walter Hunt Memorial Fourth of July 3K Road Race from Brewer to Bangor appears to be wide open.
“I don’t think there’s a clear-cut favorite on either side,” said Joe Capehart, who is the co-race director along with his wife, Margaret. “You might see a good high school runner win it on either side.”
Masters won his third consecutive Hunt 3K race a year ago and shattered the record with a time of 8 minutes, 2 seconds. That was eight seconds faster than the previous mark co-owned by Gerry Clapper (1988) and Tim Wakeland (1987).
Masters transferred from the University of Maine to the University of Oklahoma and recently competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials. He wound up eighth in his heat and didn’t make the final field in the 1,500.
Two-time Hunt winner Louie Luchini of Ellsworth, who starred at Ellsworth High and Stanford University, would be among the favorites if he runs but Capehart said Luchini hasn’t preregistered.
But Capehart said Luchini could just show up and register on race day like Masters did last year.
Registration will be held from 8 to 10:15 a.m. in the Brewer Auditorium and the race will begin at 10:45 a.m.
Following Masters across the finish line last year were Orono’s Josh Trevino (8:19), Athens’ Matt McClintock (8:30), Bangor’s Adam Goode (8:34) and David Currier of Sidney (8:55).
Bangor native Dagan crossed the finish line in 9:52 which was seven seconds faster than Kristine Guaraldo of South Portland.
Guaraldo has preregistered, according to Capehart.
Jennifer Lucy of Bangor (10:17), Brewer’s Meghan McCloskey (10:53) and Holden’s Maggie Bryan (11:37) rounded out the top five last year.
There was a race-record 581 entrants a year ago and that was 70 more than the previous mark set in 2009.
“We’ve been going up a little each year the past four or five years,” said Capehart. “Hopefully, we’ll have at least as many as we had last year. A lot of it has to do with the weather.”
The entry fee on the day of the race is $12.
There are three other notable races in the state on Wednesday.
The Sebec Village Fourth of July 5K will be begin at 8 a.m. in Sebec Village. Registration will be from 7 to 8 a.m. at the Sebec Reading Room. The entry fee is $12.
The Friends On the Fourth 5K will take place in Winthrop. Registration is 7-8 a.m. at the American Legion hall on Bowdoin Street in Winthrop. Race day registration is $25 and the race begins at 8 a.m.
The 27th annual Stonington Six will begin at 7:30 a.m. The event features the Powell 10K race and walk and a fun run of 1.4 miles. Race day registration ($15) begins at 6:30 a.m. at the Island Community Center. Walkers begin at 7:30 a.m., followed by the 10K and fun run at 8 a.m.