BANGOR, Maine —- Bangor’s Adam Goode issued a challenge after winning the 36th annual Walter Hunt Memorial Fourth of July 3K road race Monday on a warm, sunny morning with a refreshing breeze.
“Every year, I get a little older and I run a little slower. I’m still waiting for some high school or college kid to get the guts and beat a 32-year-old man,” quipped Goode, who posted a time of 9 minutes, 16 seconds over the 3,000-meter course that started in Brewer and finished in Bangor.
Goode’s time was 46 seconds slower than last year’s winning time and 32 seconds slower than his 2014 clocking.
Oakland native David Kerschner, who is pursuing a doctorate degree at the University of Maine, finished four seconds behind Goode in his Hunt race debut, and Goode’s former Bangor High School teammate Ben Allen was third in 9:27.
There were 510 runners in the field.
Orono High School’s Hannah Steelman, an upcoming senior who helped lead the Red Riots to a Class C state outdoor track title, finished second in the women’s division in 11:21 and 14-year-old Helen Shearer of Hampden was third (11:26).
Goode, who figures he has won “13 or 14” Hunt races, said he is in a “different phase of prioritizing running.”
“When I was 22 or 23, I was willing to take risks in a race. But now I’m less likely to be risky because I’m focusing on staying healthy for a long time. I want to be a Running Fossil,” said Goode, referring to a Bangor-based group for runners from their 40s into their 70s.
Goode, a state legislator serving his fourth term, added that winning is “awesome” and the Hunt race is a “great way to celebrate the Fourth of July in your hometown with the running community you are a part of.”
“I had beaten him in every race since seventh grade,” recalled Allen, who moved back to Bangor two years ago after spending 10 years in San Diego and began running again a year ago.
“I wanted to do a sub-5 [five-minute mile], but I did a 5.02. That’s cool. It wasn’t too bad. I did a real hard workout on Wednesday and hadn’t really recovered yet,” said Allen, who graduated from Bangor High with Goode in 2001.
“It’s nice to run with Adam again. He ran a pretty good race,” said Allen.
The 30-year-old Kerschner said he had never run a race shorter than 5K and had never run a race in Bangor but was introduced to it by his friend Goode.
“We jogged the course last week,” said Kerschner, who was happy with his time.
“It was really, really fun. It was really cool to have everyone lined up along the parade route,” said Kerschner. “I was starting to hurt, but there were so many people lined up. Running a new race distance was fun, too.”
Saulter, who runs the 400 and 800 at UMaine, said she felt “pretty good” about her run.
“It was fun doing it. I just run for myself,” said the former Hermon High School soccer All-American, who still owns the Class B state record in the 400 (56.95). “I run during the week, so this is something different.
“It was definitely windy. It’s very different when it’s all downhill. I’m used to hills but not downhill most of the way. I felt better doing it this year because I knew what to expect,” she said.