On road and track

Drago runs away from field in 'Back to School Labor Day 5K'

Slagger fastest in one-mile run portion of new event, Calderwood first female in 5K
By Holly Vanorse Spicer | Sep 06, 2016
Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer Among those taking off at the start of the "Back to School" 5-kilometer road race on Sept. 5 at Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport are, from left, Frank Start, Doug Blasius, Matthew Booth. Lucas McNelly and David Slagger, among others.

Rockport — Despite a last-minute addition to the Go! Malawi racing series, nearly 30 runners turned out for the first "Back to School Labor Day 5K and 1-miler" on Monday morning, Sept. 5 on the Camden Hills Regional High School campus.

In keeping with their tradition of holiday 3.1-mile races, Go! Malawi organizers added the “Back to School Labor Day 5K and 1-Miler” to their annual race series this year.

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The timed one-mile run took place on the school's all-weather track. David Slagger finished first in the field of seven in 6:29.4. He also competed in the 5K and placed fourth. Lucas McNelly participated in both events.

Keith Drago literally ran away from the field of 5K runners as he finished first in 18:45.8. Drago finished almost five minutes ahead of second-place finisher Matthew Booth. Booth completed the 3.1-mile race in 23:04.7.

Acadia Calderwood was the first female to cross the line in 25:29.4, which placed her ninth overall.

The 5K benefits Go! Malawi, an organization that has education programs and provides scholarships for children in the Ntchisi area of Malawi, Africa so they may continue with their education after primary school.

In Malawi, free education ends after eighth grade. Go! Malawi pays tuition for more than 50 impoverished children, allowing them to continue their education while giving them a “hand-up” and a chance at a productive life.

Currently, two students who are graduates of the program are in college in the United States and several others attend college in Malawi.

The “Back to School Labor Day 5K and 1-miler” event is one of six holiday 5Ks (3.1-mile races) the non-profit organizes.

The individual race results were:

5K — 1, Keith Drago, 18:45.8; 2, Matthew Booth, 23:04.7; 3, Frank Start, 23:15.4; 4, David Slagger, 23:30.5; 5, Jim Tolles, 24:09.0; 6, Lucas McNelly, 24:18.1; 7, Vince Spina, 24:56.3; 8, Doug Blasius, 25:13.3; 9, Acadia Calderwood, 25:29.4; 10, Brian Boyd, 25:48.4; 11, Mike Madell, 27:58.7; 12, Art Warren, 28:55.8; 13, Reade Brower, 29:41.4; 14, Kathleen Tibbetts, 30:52.5; 15, Bella Gallace, 30:56.5; 16, Mark Breton, 31:15.0; 17, Al Spina, 32:02.7; 18, Ellen Spring, 32:58.4; 19, Joani Iselin, 34:13.6; 20, Lauren Howland, 34:25.0; 21, Susan Howland, 34:25.1; 22, Megan Williams, 34:32.6; 23, Candy Hutchinson, 37:07.4; 24, Sandy Utterstrom, 38:06.8; 25, Elias Libby, 38:54.2; 26, Paul McFarland, 39:13.4; 27, Jen Wendell, 40:44.2; 28, Violet Libby, 45:02.6; and 29, Max Bonzagni 45:03.7.

One mile — 1, David Slagger, 6:29.4; 2, Lucas McNelly, 6:38.6; 3, Jenni Flynn, 9:46.6; 4, Hazel Ragozzine, 9:53.7; 5, Wilhimina Slagger, 12:29.1; 6, Zoe Nolan, 13:00.2; and 7, Lucas Nolan, 13:01.4.

Doug Blasius. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
From left, Mike Madell, Art Warren, Jim Tolles and Kathleen Tibbetts. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Sandy Utterstrom. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Paul McFarland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Keith Drago, the first-place finisher. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Matthew Booth. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Frank Start. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Acadia Calderwood, the first female finisher. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
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Holly Vanorse Spicer
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Holly has been part of the team at Courier Publications since mid-2009, working mostly with the sports department and with theSCENE, but occasionally lending a hand throughout the company.

She holds degrees in photography from Maine Media Workshop and University of Maine.

When she's not in the office, Holly enjoys spending time with her family, and can often be found in her garden, kayaking, running with her son, or working out. She is an avid racing fan, and enjoys watching European League Football and Major League Soccer.

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