Thirty-seven people accepted the challenge to run for the hills, and trekked 6.2 miles around Belfast in the process, Saturday morning to help raise money for Coastal Mountains Land Trust.

The top two runners in the third annual “Run for the Hills” 10-kilometer road race were the first male and female finishers. Ryan Leighton, 25, of Trevett finished first overall in 34 minutes and 43 seconds, while Amanda Labelle, 27, of Rockland was the first female finisher, crossing second overall in 40:35.

The scenic route highlighted several local conservation projects, including the Land Trust’s Stover, Head of Tide, and Stephenson Preserves, as well as a conservation easement and a trail managed by the land trust on the city’s property. These properties are part of the Land Trust’s Passagassawakeag Greenway Campaign, an on-going initiative to create a public trail network on conserved land along the banks of the Passagassawakeag River. Participants also traveled along the river, where ospreys and bald eagles are spotted. The route finished on the Belfast Footbridge.

This year’s “Run for the Hills” lead sponsor was Bank of America, as well as support from Peg Worth of Town & Country Real Estate, Waldo County General Hospital, Darby’s Restaurant & Pub, and Cold Mountain Builders. The following businesses contributed prizes for the “Run for the Hills”: Colonial Theater, Delvino’s Trattoria, Mr. Paperback, Perry’s Furniture, Reny’s, Redstar Sunglasses, The Weathervane Restaurant, among others.

Net proceeds from the event benefit the land trust’s land conservation work in the Greenway and throughout the western Penobscot Bay region.

Coastal Mountains Land Trust has been working since 1986 to permanently protect land to benefit the natural and human communities of the western Penobscot Bay region. The Land Trust has protected nearly 9,000 acres to date.

The individual 10K results were: 1, Leighton, 25, Trevett, 34:43; 2, Labelle, 27, Rockland, 40:35; 3, Chad Howard, 40, Searsmont, 42:51; 4, John Fox, 18, Unity, 43:09; 5, Matthew Revitt, 29, Montville, 43:43; 6, Maria Millard, 26, Rockland, 43:59; 7, Don Hoenig, 60, Belfast, 44:11; 8, Roger Rittmaster, 60, Camden, 46:57; 9, Ian Stewart, 37, Appleton, 47:17; 10, Ronald Hise, 41, Lincolnville, 48:19; 11, Stephen Frampton, 48, Warren, 48:26; 12, Doug Fox, 51, Unity, 48:27; 13, Jennifer Glick, 37, Montville, 48:51; 14, Billy Bruschi, 28, Searsmont, 49:11; 15, Reade Brower, 54, Camden, 49:22; 16, Mark Treadwell, 34, Augusta, 49:34; 17, Lindsay Spigel, 33, Unity, 49:39; 18, Lisa Packard, 36, Brooks, 49:58; 19, Kate Cooley, 33, Athens, 49:59; 20, Courtney Allen, 29, Hallowell, 50:56; 21, Al Grimshaw, 64, Northport, 50:59; 22, Leanne Moll, 48, Windsor, 51:57; 23, Art Warren, 76, Camden, 53:27; 24, Kim Spectre, 41, Belfast, 54:03; 25, Sarah Miller, 23, Camden, 54:51; 26, Brianna Shepard, 25, Union, 54:52; 27, Dale Curtis, 50, Swanville, 55:09; 28, Melissa Howard, 41, Searsmont, 55:30; 29, Bill Knox, 54, Northport, 55:36; 30, Jen Gunderman-King, 37, Montville, 56:40; 31, Alexia Morgan, 36, Belfast, 57:01; 32, Nicole Hotchkin, 33, Lincolnville, 57:02; 33, Paul Overgaag, 51, Bayside, 57:22; 34, Jen Fiske, 38, Hampden, 59:30; 35, Eileen Kelley, 51, Belfast, 1:00:40; 36, Jennika Lundy, 31, Northport, 1:01:12; and 37, Lauren Francis, 29, Northport, 1:01:13.

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