Bangor native Adam Goode has finished second in the annual 3K Walter Hunt 4th of July Road Race each of the last two years.
He is hoping to finally win the event Friday morning.
The 34th Walter Hunt 4th of July Road Race begins on Wilson Street in Brewer at 10:45 and the course will see the runners cross the Chamberlain Bridge into Bangor before turning right onto Main Street and State Street, then onto Exchange Street and across the footbridge to the finish line.
Goode lost to former college All-Americans the last two years.
Former University of Maine and University of Oklahoma All-American Riley Masters from Bangor won last year’s race, which was shortened by approximately 600 meters due to a standoff between police and a man who fired 70 gunshots on Park Street in Bangor.
Former Stanford University All-American Louie Luchini of Ellsworth won it two years ago.
“I would love to win it. It would be pretty cool,” said Goode, who noted that there is always a shroud of mystery on race day.
“It’s all about who shows up for it,” said Goode.
He explained the race it will attract some top-notch runners who have returned to the area for the holiday like Masters last year or even some who aren’t from the area but are vacationing and want to run a race.
The 30-year-old Bangor High School boys and girls cross country coach said there are a lot of enticing aspects to the race.
“It’s a distance most people can do. The course is the same as it has been and runners like consistency,” explained Goode, who has run it every year since 2004 except for 2009.
He also said having fans along the route cheering the runners adds to it. One of those fans is his grandmother, Audrey Dyer, who is always on hand to shout encouragement to her grandson.
Masters is not expected to run it but Luchini could be in the field and Goode said he has never beaten Luchini.
The two Maine legislators hooked up last weekend at the Tour du Lac 10-miler in Bucksport and Luchini beat Goode by 43 seconds.
Goode thoroughly enjoys the race and said it helps jumpstart young runners who plan to run cross country for their high schools or colleges in the fall.
“It gives them incentive to start training,” said Goode.
Goode said one of the jokes among the large core of runners who run it every year involves fan participation.
“We always wonder which runner will have the five-year-old step in front of them because they’re unaware that there’s a race,” quipped Goode. “It happens every year.”
Masters owns the course record of 8:02 set in 2011 and Wendy Delan set the women’s mark of 9:28 in 1988.
There were 628 runners last year and Jordan Daniel won the women’s division by 59 seconds over Lindsay Argus of Hermon.
The race is part of the Sub5 Track Club’s Marketplace Race Series. Registration is $15 per person, $42 for a family (4 max.) and the registration table at the Brewer Auditorium will be open from 8-10:15.