Traditionally, a 5-kilometer road race held in Maine Dec. 4 would mean potentially low temperatures and nasty wintery weather. But that was not the case Saturday morning as somewhat mild 38-degree, sunny conditions greeted the 40 hardy souls who participated in the 3.1-mile event at the Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center.

The event gave participants a chance to chill — in a milder, late-fall environment.

The second annual Thomas F. Chester Frozen 5-Kilometer Road Race took place Saturday during Christmas by the Sea weekend.

The 3.1-mile course was more difficult than most 5K treks, especially the first part, because it started at the bottom of the mountain and wound through the resort complex to the summit before it turned and headed back to the base of the resort.

The overall winner was Alfred Hanscom, 35, of Presque Isle in 17 minutes and 52 seconds, while the first female finisher was Jala Tooley, 31, of Camden in 21:56.

The event attracted runners of all ages, including as young as seven and five.

More than 40 runners ran last year. The race is organized by the West Bay Rotary Club of Camden.

The race, in memory of Thomas F. Chester, benefits Augie’s Quest, which is an amyotrophic lateral sclerosi charitiy. A runner in high school, “Big Tom” lost his battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in June 2009.

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, eventually leading to death. There is no cure for the disease and there is no recovery from it. “Big Tom” was diagnosed with ALS in 2007 at age 72.

The first signs appeared in his hands; he was no longer able to unclench his fists or move his fingers. He told everyone he was “just getting old.” The disease progressed through his body, robbing him of the ability to walk, stand and eventually move at all.

Through the ordeal he never complained and never asked why this was his burden to bear. He was a runner in high school and always told stories of his track exploits and the annual 5K run is a fitting tribute to his memory.

The individual 5K results, with runner’s place, age, residence and time listed, were: 1, Hanscom, 35, Presque Isle, 17:52; 2, Ian Fraser, 27, Brewer, 18:29; 3, Stephen Wagner, 27, Camden, 18:34; 4, Reid Evans, 16, Camden, 18:52; 5, Trevor Mills, 32, Rockland, 19:53; 6, Peter Scheib, 36, Camden, 20:06; 7, Ron Haney, 53, Warren, 20:58; 8, Steve Sprague, 41, Brooks, 21:18; 9, Peter Rubenstein, 47, Camden, 21:27; 10, Tooley, 31, Camden, 21:56; 11, Annika Rogers, 11, Islesboro, 23:38; 12, Kathleen Glover, 32, Rockport, 23:57; 13, Reade Brower, 54, Camden, 25:14; 14, Ben Sawyer, 33, Belfast, 25:52; 15, Phil Stuart, 63, Machais, 29:26; 16, Dale Curtis, 49, Swanville, 29:37; 17, Sarah Pratt, 36, Rockport, 30:21; 18, John Kieft, 68, Northport, 30:48; 19, Travis Hamar, 39, Warren, 31:01; 20, Sofia Espriv, 17, Lincolnville, 31:09; 21, Katie Snow, 36, Rockland, 32:28; 22, Mariah Grant, 33, Hope, 33:27; 23, Dave Bassett, 57, Brockton, Mass., 33:32; 24, Cathy-Jo Dodge, 34, Camden, 33:56; 25, Alley Johnson, 7, Lincolnville, 35:15; 26, Becky Johnson, 40, Lincolnville, 35:16; 27, Parker Johnson, 51, Lincolnville, 35:21; 28, Paige Chester, 7, Lincolnville, 35:23; 29, Lucy Cohen, 5, Lincolnville, 36:06; 30, Deborah Matthews, 59, Plymouth, Mass., 37:17; 31, Ruby Cohen, 7, Lincolnville, 37:33; 32, Alex Cohen, 37, Lincolnville, 37:34; 33, Crista Straub, 30, Old Town, 37:50; 34, Margo Connolly, 28, Old Town, 37:50; 35, Jessica Chester, 40, Lincolnville, 39:04; 36, Jodi Maltese, 42, Camden, 39:04; 37, Abby Leonard, 31, Lincolnville, 39:04; 38, Mandie Sawyer, 30, Belfast, 42:45; 39, Ashlie McKenney, 22, Palermo, 47:08; and 40, Lisa Dresser, 45, Hope, 47:09.

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