Runners, walkers and dogs of all ages came out on a chilling early-December Saturday morning to accept the challenge of trekking up and down perhaps the Midcoast’s toughest 3.1-mile course and to raise money for research into a disease that robs its victims of movement and eventually their lives.

The third annual Thomas F. Chester Frozen 5-Kilometer Road Race was Dec. 3, during Christmas by the Sea weekend, at the Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center. The event attracted a record 54 participants.

The course started near 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. At one point, runners had to climb an elevation of 715 feet above sea level.

A bundle of runners, some as young as in grade school, to much older competitors, participated.

The race was difficult not only for making runners climb elevated terrain but because those same runners had to work their way back down the elevation, which often is more taxing on the legs then the climb. Most Knox and Waldo County 5K courses, with the exception of the one in Washington in the summer, have a few shorter hills, but Saturday’s race include long, difficult climbs.

The battle for first place was close as Ian Fraser, 28, of Brewer, running with his dog, outlasted Thor Emory, 36, of Lincolnville. Fraser finished in 20 minutes and 33 seconds, or with a 6:37-mile pace, and Emory in 20:37, and a 6:39-mile pace.

The first female finishers were Andrea Wilhelm, 31, of Lincolnville and Willow Parker, 14, of Rockport, who finished in 21:49, with a 7:02-mile pace. They filled the sixth/seventh positions.

The race was organized by the West Bay Rotary Club of Camden. The race was in memory of Thomas F. Chester, benefits Augie’s Quest, an ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) 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. The disorder is characterized by rapidly progressive weakness, muscle atrophy and fasciculations, spasticity, dysarthria, dysphagia and respiratory compromise.

For more information on the race, visit online at frozen 5k.com or call Tom Chester at 975-0134.

The individual 5K results were: 1, Fraser, 28, Brewer, 20:33; 2, Emory, 36, Lincolnville ME 20:37; 3, Randy MacDonald 39, Ham;den, 21:00; 4, Scott Layton, 35, Rockport, 21:30; 5, Peter Keeney, 45, Bar Harbor, 21:44; 6, (tie) Wilhelm, 31, Lincolnville, and Parker, 14, Rockport, 21:49; 8, Trevor Mills, 33, Rockland, 22:01; 9, Ronald Haney, 54, Warren, 23:55; 10, Annika Rogers, 12, Islesboro, 24:09; 11, Katie Johnson, 29, Rockland, 24:10; 12, Sam Morse, 15, Rockport, 24:17; 13, Peter Rubenstein, 48, Camden, 24:35; 14, Ben Curll, 26, Augusta, 25:01; 15, Abbie Leonard, 32, Lincolnville, 25:12; 16, Jeff Boston, 37, Lincolnville, 25:35; 17, Joshua Moore, 40, Camden, 25:59; 18, Richard Reichel, 33, Palermo, 26:57; 19, Andrew Bonarrigo, 40, Rockland, 27:26; 20, Douglas Blasius, 58, Belfast, 27:41; 21, Katie Morse, 13, Rockport, 27:42; 22, Mary Smith, 45, Cushing, 27:49; 23, Ron Hise, 41, Lincolnville, 29:14; 24, John-Philip Hickey, 22, Coopers Mill, 29:18; 25, Dennis Bolduc, 61, South China, 29:55; 26, Jake Jacobson, 56, Cumberland, 30:17; 27, Christina Cuthbert, 31, Freeport, 30:44; 28, Morgan Cuthbert, 35, Freeport, 30:46; 29, Kate Killoran, 43, Rockport, 31:11; 30, Ashlie McKenney, 23, Palermo, 32:05; 31, Phil Stuart, 64, Machias, 33:38; 32, Ellen Spring, 59, Thomaston, 33:50; 33, Reade Brower, 55, Camden, 33:51; 34, Jacob Morse, 21, Northport, 34:50; 35, Calvin Jewett, 6, Liberty, 35:33; 36, Rachel Jewett, 36, Liberty, 35:40; 37, Maureen Morse, 42, Rockport, 37:20; 38, Erin Dooling, 26, Portland, 37:21; 39, Sarah McLean, 37, Rockport, 37:42; 40, Alex Morrison, 10, Baileyville, 37:46; 41, Nicholas Winter 12, Camden, 37:47; 42, Amanda Belanger, 30, Baileyville, 37:53; 43, Deborah Matthews, 60, Plymouth, Mass., 40:08; 44, David Bassett, 58, Brockton, Mass., 40:09; 45, Alley Johnson, 8, Lincolnville, 42:01; 46, Becky Johnson, 41, Lincolnville, 42:02; 47, Parker Johnson, 52, Lincolnville, 42:03; 48, Joan Merriam, 63, Bucksport, 44:03; 49, Kathleen Thompson, 33, Rockport, 48:35; 50, Annie Watson, 28, Lincolnville, 48:35; 51, Michael Moody, 38, Lincolnville, 48:42; 52, Elizabeth Cagnon, 33, Belfast, 49:37; 53, Erin Domarcki, 32, Camden, 51:36; and 54, Sue Maxwell, 50, Brooks, 51:40.

Village NetMedia Sports Director Ken Waltz can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at kwaltz@villagesoup.com.