More than 50 hardy souls braved the cold Sunday morning to usher in the beginning of the calendar year’s most romantic holiday as the Luv Me 5-Kilometer Road Race took place at the Penobscot Bay YMCA.

Taking place the day before Valentines Day, couples and non-couples pounded the pavement for fun, for fitness and for bragging rights along the Rockport coastline and the event proved a rousing success.

The Luv Me 5K is the second of four Midcoast races organized as a fundraiser by Reade Brower of Camden and other local runners, with the next one — the Lucky Leprechaun 5K — taking place in mid-March.

Jason Bigonia of Newcastle was the Luv Me race’s top finisher with a time of 17 minutes and 29 seconds over the 3.1-mile course, while Matt Hurley of Belfast was the top Midcoast finisher in second place with a time of 18:38.

Mary Carmack of Veazie was the first female finisher in 20:33.

The individual results were: 1, Bigonia, Newcastle, 17:29; 2, Hurley, Belfast, 18:38; 3, Chad Howard, Searsmont, 18:43; 4, Rufus Williams, Rockport, 18:52; 5, Justin Bennett, South Thomaston, 19:35; 6, Carmack, Veazie, 20:33; 7, Adrienne Carmack, Veazie, 20:35; 8, Ron Haney, Warren, 20:43; 9, Peter Rubenstein, Camden, 20:46; 10, Jala Tooley, Camden, 20:53; 11, Emily Lopez, Camden, 21:57; 12, Steve Cartwright, Waldoboro, 22:02; 13, Allison Pringle-Ben, South Thomaston, 22:07; 14, Christine Nichols, Winslow, 22:09; 15, Bonnie Gallagher, Camden, 22:25; 16, Kate Miles, Belfast, 22:36; 17, Stephen Florimbi, Rockport, 23:01; 18, Paul Yates, Pemaquid, 23:55; 19, Art Warren, Camden, 24:18; 20, Caroline Klonoski, Auburn, 24:29; 21, Ben Sawyer, Belfast, 24:31; 22, Lloyd Harmon, Ellsworth, 24:57; 23, David Young, Friendship, 26:00; 24, Kathy Kandziolka, Rockport, 26:19; 25, Lindsay Spigel, Unity, 26:21; 26, Tommy Carmack, Veazie, 26:24; 27, Kate Cooley, Athens, 26:39; 28, Beverly Hawkins, Sedgwick, 27:02; 29, Melissa Howard, Searsmont, 27:10; 30, Justin Lopez, Camden, 27:10; 31, Amy Stabins, Winslow, 28:14; 32, Shirley Amnott, Ellsworth, 28:35; 33, Liv Liabraaten, Rockland, 29:39; 34, Maria Simpson, Rockland, 29:41; 35, J.R. Braugh, Camden, 29:42; 36, Noah Howard, Searsmont, 29:49; 37, Laila Ferguson, Rockland, 29:51; 38, Steffany Tribou, Owls Head, 30:08; 39, James Tribou, Owls Head, 30:08; 40, Ellen Spring, Thomaston, 30:18; 41, Diane Ross, Owls Head, 30:18; 42, Sarah Andrus, Rockport, 30:18; 43, Tonia Tibbetts, Searsmont, 31:44; 44, Alicia Costa, Warren, 32:38; 45, Lacey Wilshire, Warren, 32:38; 46, Russ Wolfertz, Owls Head, 33:07; 47, Anne Leidinger, Appleton, 34:20; 48, Mark Tibbetts, Searsmont, 35:11; 49, Mavis Taungatu, Prospect, 35:52; 50, Jane Rasmussen, Tenants Harbor, 35:38; 51, Paula Webster, Prospect, 36:02; 52, Leyth Ferguson, Rockland, 45:56; and 53, Alex Ferguson, Rockland, 45:56.

Also participating in the race as walkers were Jaime Marriner of Searsmont; Leyth Ferguson and Alex Ferguson of Rockland; David Ross of Owls Head; Tazia Lavertu of Rockport; Maggie Henningsen of Appleton; Kristi Kalajian of Camden; Trenia Knox and Samantha Parker of Friendship; and Mary Ashmore, Michael Ashmore, Cole Ashmore, Quinn Ashmore and Eleanor Ashmore of Waldoboro.

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