There probably could not have been a better day in January in Maine to hold a road race and Saturday morning 148 people, from the young to old, participated in the third annual Set the Pace 5-Kilometer Road Race/Walk amid sunny, mild conditions.

As the snow melted around them in 43-degree temperatures, runners and walkers gathered near the Smokestack Bar and Grille ready to enjoy the weather and fresh air. It was a far cry from the first year of the event when wind chills were below zero.

Robert Ashby, 42, of Brunswick crossed the 3.1-mile course first in 16:58, while Scott Layton, 34, of Rockport was second at 17:27. Ashby had a per mile pace of 5:28 and Layton was at 5:37.

Brittany Bowman, a 14-year-old freshman from Camden, was the first female finisher in 19:58. She had a per mile pace of 6:26. She finished 15th overall.

Midcoast runners Russell Wolfertz, Andrew Bonarrigo, Allison Leonard, Troy Peasley, Susan Craft, Mariah Lussier, Sandy Bodamer and Reade Brower hosted the event as part of their Nashville Country Music Marathon and Half-Marathon fundraising commitment.

These eight runners have pledged to raise more than $20,000 collectively to provide assistance to the Little Field Home; an African orphanage organization run by Janet Littlefield, a Union native.

“There is a lot to like about this race; our aim is to make it special and you’ll want to be part of what is becoming an annual tradition,” said organizer and Little Field Home volunteer Brower.

The race started at 11:11 a.m. not only to commemorate 2011 and accommodate those who stayed up the night before, but because, in the past, an early start was not ideal.

“For those 109 brave runners and walkers at the first Set the Pace, they still talk about conditions that were so Artic in nature the timing equipment froze,” Brower said.

Brower said the event is “one of a kind” because, “while we will announce and acknowledge some traditional age brackets in our awards ceremony, each person will receive recognition that lets the world know that they have set their personal record for 2011 at the Set the Pace 5K. We guarantee it. Additionally, all age division winners will hold the ‘fastest 5K in Maine 2011’ title for multiple weeks since there are no other 5K races that we know of planned in the state of Maine until the Love Me 5K which takes place in mid-February.”

Brower said the first-place male and female finishers will be crowned and will hold the “fastest runner in Maine 2011” titles until dethroned. The event also honored the middle-of-the-pack man or woman.

The individual 5K race results, with participants’ place, name, age, residence and time listed, were: 1, Ashby, 42, Brunswick, 16:58; 2, Layton, 34, Rockport. 17:27; 3, Ian Fraser, 27, Brewer. 17:57; 4, David Drew, 46, Litchfield, 18:19; 5, Stephen Wagner, 27, West Rockport, 18:24; 6, Rufus Williams, 51, Rockport, 18:38; 7, Andrew Stewart, 35, Hope, 18:42; 8, Chris Lord, 27, Rockland, 18:46; 9, Reid Evans, 16, Camden, 18:57; 10, Matthew Lussier, 19, Owls Head, 19:12; 11, Matt Hurley, 26, Swanville, 19:16; 12, Brian McCarthy, 38, Tewksbury, Mass. 19:19; 13, Ryan King, 41, Stockton Spring, 19:42; 14, Andrew Cavanaugh, 49, Rockport, 19:48; 15, Brittany Bowman, 14, Camden, 19:58; 16, Ron Haney, 53, Warren, 20:00; 17, David O’Connell, 41, Camden, 20:12; 18, John Priestley, 53, Rockport, 20:34; 19, Stephen Matteo, 45, Camden, 20:35; 20, Donald Mansius, 52, Appleton, 20:37; 21, David Farrar, 54, Bangor, 20:42; 22, Will Galloway, 44, Hope, 20:46; 23, Jala Tooley, 31, Camden, 20:49; 24, Peter Rubenstein, 47, Camden, 21:02; 25, Tom Kirby, 54, Ellsworth, 21:07; 26, Theresa Withee, 43, Camden, 21:10; 27, Bonnie Gallagher, 46, Camden,  21:43; 28, Ryan Baughman, 27, Blue Hill, 21:59; 29, Dean Hartley, 44, Gardiner, 22:13; 30, James McCorkle, 55, Freeport, 22:22; 31, Monicque Deschamps, 40, Belfast, 22:32; 32, Annika Rogers, 11, Islesboro, 22:56; 33, Caroline Matteo, 16, Camden, 23:08; 34, Carol Manley, 56, Washington, 23:09; 35, Josh Moore, 39, Camden, 23:13; 36, Scott Luciano, 35, Hampden, 23:16; 37, Charles Sawyer, 68, Norridgewock, 23:18; 38, Peter Cole, 35, Lisbon, 23:33; 39, Brian Moussally, 32, Hampden, 23:40; 40, Ben Sawyer, 33, Belfast, 23:49; 41, Lance Smith, 42, Owls Head, 24:05; 42, Audrey Bowman, 8, Camden, 24:08; 43, Jeff Bowman, 42, Camden, 24:09; 44, Paul Warren, 46, Rockport, 24:10; 45, Sarah Morrell, 32, Gorham, 24:12; 46, Heidi Hoeckel, 41, Camden, 24:17; 47, Reade Brower, 54, Camden, 24:25; 48, Stephen Peats, 59, Camden, 24:26; 49, David Young, 58, Danville, 24:29; and 50, John Keamy, 41, Encino, Calif., 24:35.

Also, 51, Ben St. Cyr, 26, Rockland, 24:46; 52, Joshua Taylor, 25, Brooklin, 24:48; 53, Vickie Stanley, 44, Topsham, 24:49; 54, Dan Cushman, 25, Searsmont, 24:49; 55, Amanda Cushman, 25, Searsmont, 24:50; 56, Art Warren, 75, Camden, 24:54; 57, Mariah Lussier, 27, Owls Head, 25:00; 58, Corporal Thompson, 30, Rockport, 25:03; 59, William Coffin, 63, Harpswell, 25:05 60, Debb Keamy, 54, Takoma, Md., 25:15; 61, Dave Samuelian, 64, Bangor, 25:16; 62, Mariette Hanlon, 40, Lisbon, 25:17; 63, Charles Cahill, 67, South Portland, 25:31; 64, Sarah Andrus, 56, Rockport, 25:32; 65, Katherine Killoran, 42, Rockport, 25:36; 66, Ken Thumith, 39, Rockland, 25:56; 67, Amber Bonarrigo, 17, Owls Head, 25:58; 68, Maryellen Pullum, 30, Orlando, Fla., 26:10; 69, Jordan Cole, 12, Lisbon, 26:13; 70, Charlie Abbott, 18, Windsor, 26:15; 71, Dan McEachin, 36, Gorham, 26:20; 72, Micaela Ashby, 8, Brunswick, 26:21; 73, Kristina Alex, 15, Rockport, 26:26; 74, Dave Miramant, 55, Camden, 26:35; 75, Clay Williams, 63, Lincolnville, 26:47; 76, Steve Alex, 47, Rockport, 27:02; 77, Cameron Ashby, 10, Brunswick, 27:13; 78, Erica Robishaw, 33, South Thomaston, 27:14; 79, Micheal Robishaw, 32, South Thomaston, 27:15; 80, Melanie Sloan, 37, Owls Head, 27:24; 81, Jonathan Lussier, 13, Owls Head, 27:26; 82, Samantha Luciano, 34, Hampden, 27:26; 83, Ellen Spring, 58, Thomaston, 27:40; 84, Beverly Hawkins, 49, Sedgwick, 27:48; 85, Kristen Robertson, 30, Hope, 27:14; 86, Paula Sawyer, 61, Norridgewock, 28:29; 87, Robin Elms, 54, Camden, 28:38; 88, Kathy Kandziolka, Camden, 28:38; 89, Michelle Digirolamo, 42, Camden, 28:49; 90, Greg Sirois, 49, Hampden, 28:56; 91, Polly Kenniston, 74, Westbrook, 28:58; 92, Davide Trefiletti, 54, Camden, 29:16; 93, Kartika Wright, 39, Readfield, 29:35; 94, Fran Ashby, 44, Brunswick, 29:37; 95, Christopher Keene, 22, Auburn, 29:37; 96, Susan Richard, 50, Georgetown, 29:48; 97, Carolyn Aberg, 49, Bath, 30:15; 98, Robin Emery, 64, Lamoine, 30:15; 99, Susan Craft, Union, 30:17; and 100, Steph Almasi, 30, Rockland, 30:31.

Additionally, 101, Thomas Norgang, 59, Damariscotta, 30:36; 102, Jackie Gasser, 56, Camden, 30:47: 103, Anna Lussier, 15, Owls Head, 30:49; 104, Amanda Allan, 21, Melbourne, Fla., 30:56; 105, Sonya Leach, 31, Islesboro, 30:56; 106, Hans Benetson, 73, Camden, 30:58; 107, Shirley Amnott, 50, Ellsworth, 31:02; 108, Jase Herweg, 28, Bangor, 31:24; 109, Jacki Souza, 26, Lisbon Falls, 31:24; 110, Cathy Caveney, 39, Rockland, 31:54; 111, Rob Snyder, 38, Rockland. 31:54; 112, Brittany Sawyer, 26, South Thomaston. 31:55; 113, Kristen Brown, 50, Rockland. 31:56; 114, John Kieft, 68, Northport, 31:59; 115, Merrilee Larsen, 45, Rockport, 32:01; 116, Victoria Kelley, 43, Freeport, 32:03; 117, Sandy Bodamer, 56, Rockland, 32:18; 118, Kingsley Sleight, 56, Thomaston, 32:36; 119, Marybeth Pullum, 61, Longwood, Fla., 33:42; 120, Mariah Grant, 33, Hope, 34:09; 121, Cathy-Jo Dodge, 34, Camden, 34:18; 122, Michael Dodge, 44, Camden, 34:18; 123, Jane Rasmussen, 74, Tenants Harbor, 37:07; 124, Ellen Vollmers, 28, New Haven, Conn., 41:09; 125, Gloria Vollmers, 59, New Haven, Conn., 41:09; 126, Susan Peats, 58, Camden, 42:04; 127, Mandee Sawyer, 30, Belfast, 42:49; 128, Kathryn Oliver, 43, Camden, 46:57; 129, Greg Marshall, 63, Spruce Head, 52:09; and 130, Bob Harrelson, 72, Camden, 52:10.

The individual walkers were: 131, Lisa Cramm, 32, Bangor; 132, Paul Cramm, 41, Bangor; 133, Katie Cramm, 6, Bangor; 134, Peter Amnott, 55, Ellsworth; 135, Chad Ridge, 36, Rockland; 136, Maynard Stanley, 36, Rockland; 137, Elizabeth Stanley, 32, Rockland; 138, Bill Packard, 62, Union; 139, Kathleen Packard, 56, Union; 140, Sheila Costello, 52, Swanville; 141, Rose Costello, 71, Swanville; 142, Pauline Johnstone, 59, Camden; 143, Martha Brower, 58, Camden; 144, Alexander Armentrout, 69, Rockport; 145, Ferolyn Curtis, 58, Rockland; 146, Doug Curtis Jr., 56, Rockland; 147, Carol Goodridge, 64, Rockport; and 148, Paula Armentrout, 61, Rockport.

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