There is an old adage that if one does not like the Maine weather, simply wait a minute, and it is bound to change.

Weather, as residents of the Pine Tree State have come to know, is a fickle creature, changing without warning from day to day, week to week, month to month and certainly year to year.

That was never more evident when 50-degree temperatures greeted participants for the fourth annual “Set The Pace” 5-Kilometer Road Race Sunday morning.

Most years participants in the event are truely cool customers, especially the first year when temperatures hovered near zero. But, what a difference a few years make.

Nonetheless, 146 runners and walkers rung in 2012 in fast-paced style Jan. 1.

Robert Ashby, 43, of Camden finished first, covering the 3.1-mile course in 17 minutes and 42 seconds, while Scott Layton, 35, of Rockport was second in 18:28. The first female finisher was Lily Kassen, 16, of Lincolnville in 22:34. Kassen was 25th overall.

The event was sponsored by the Smokestack Grille in Camden at the former MBNA building on 43 Mechanic St.

The individual results for runners in the 5K, with place, age, residence and time listed when available, were: 1, Ashby, 43, Camden, 17:42; 2, Layton, 35, Rockport, 18:28; 3, Andrew Stewart, 36, Hope, 18:47; 4, Paul Leeman, 36, 19:11; 5, Peter Keeney, 45, Bar Harbor, 19:16; 6, David O’Connell, 42, Camden, 19:49; 7, Alden Robbins, 36, Searsmont, 20:35; 8, Reid Evans, 17, 20:42; 9, Tim Hynd, 35, Union, 20:50; 10, Steve Cartwright, 60, Waldoboro, 20:50; 11, Kyle Baubaris, 17, Union, 20:53; 12, Pete Schieb, 37, Camden, 20:54; 13, Trent Packard, 26, Stockton, 20:55; 14, Ron Haney, 54, Warren, 21:06; 15, Paul Fagan, 58, Camden, 21:14; 16, John Priestley, 54, Rockport, 21:23; 17, Richard Bissett, 38, Waldoboro, 21:41; 18, Peter Rubenstein, 48, Camden, 21:44; 19, Adam Scott, 43, Hope, 21:50; 20, Jordan Cole, 13, Lisbon, 22:02; 21, Jamie Johnson, 41, Rockland, 22:03; 22, Peter Cole, 36, Lisbon, 22:09; 23, Matthew Revitt, 29, Montville, 22:12; 24, Jim Carroll, 54, Tenants Harbor, 22:19; 25, Kassen, 16, Lincolnville, 22:34; 26, Christine Nichols, 41, Winslow, 22:38; 27, Joshua Moore, 40, Camden, 22:42 7:19; 28, Sarah Margolskee, 26, Portland, 22:43; 29, Charles Pointer, 35, Rockland, 22:54; 30, Brenda Ashby-Hughes, 45, Camden, 23:00; 31, Amy Robbins, 33, Searsmont, 23:08; 32, Bonnie Gallagher, 47, Camden, 23:24; 33, Kerry Gross, 20, Camden, 23:34; 34, Jasmine Fowler, 33, Morrill, 23:35; 35, Leah Trommer, 31, Northport, 23:46; 36, Ella Scott, 14, Hope, 23:49; 37, Heide Puriton-Brown, 37, Monroe, 23:54; 38, Kerri Holt, 38, Montville, 23:59; 39, Audrey Bowman, 9, Camden, 24:01; 40, Jeff Bowman, 43, Camden, 24:02; 41, Lisa Packard, 37, Brooks, 24:04; 42, Paul Yates, 61, Pemaquid, 24:19; 43, Greg Purintin-Brown, 36, Monroe, 24:31; 44, Lindsey Piper, 32, Morrill, 24:44; 45, Michelle Smith, 39, Camden, 24:46; 46, Chris Day, 43, Bangor, 24:51; 47, Gerald Davidson, 37, Montville, 24:56; 48, Jennifer Glick, 37, Montville, 24:56; 49, Thomas Reardon, 43, Ellsworth, 25:00; and 50, Mary Smith, 46, Cushing, 25:03.

Also, 51, Lloyd Harmon, 71, Ellsworth, 25:10; 52, Maureen Scott, 41, Hope, 25:15; 53, Rachel Forbes, 40, Camden, 25:24; 54, Don Andrus, 63, Rockport, 25:44; 55, Sarah Andrus, 57, Rockport, 25:50; 56, Michael Robishaw, 33, South Thomaston, 26:11; 57, Erica Robishaw, 34, South Thomaston, 26:11; 58, Kevin Kalloch, 54, Rockland, 26:17; 59, Art Warren, 76, Camden, 26:21 (opt-in for Paula Lunt and Reade Brower); 60, Micaela Ashby, 9, Camden, 26:24; 61, Kristen Lindquist, 44, Camden, 27:10; 62, Ron Joseph, 59, Camden, 27:15; 63, Elisa Maragliano, 38, Colchester, Conn, 27:20; 64, Cassie Howard, 15, Searsmont, 27:53; 65, Mariah Lussier, 28, Owls Head, 27:53; 66, Jen Pollis, 32, Rockland, 27:54; 67, Dan Longfellow, 47, Hampden, 27:55; 68, Melissa Howard, 41, Searsmont, 27:56; 69, Delisa Morong, 48, Camden, 28:01; 70, David Young, 59, Friendship, 28:02; 71, Ellen Spring, 59, Thomaston, 28:03; 72, Noah Howard, 13, Searsmont, 28:11; 73, Kathy Bean, 54, 28:14; 74, Jesse Davis, 34, Rockland, 28:20; 75, Heather Steeves, 24, Rockland, 28:35; 76, Kartika Wright, 40, Readfield, 28:39; 77, Jodi Willey, 28, Owls Head, 28:47; 78, Joanne O’Shea, 38, Spruce Head, 29:02; 79, Leon Davis, 24, Medfield, 29:13; 80, Polly Kenniston, 75, Westbrook, 29:13; 81, Morgan Floyd, 33, Union, 29:26; 82, Thomas Norgang, 60, Damariscota, 29:33; 83, Rachel Williamson, 48, Bremen, 29:35; 84, Lori Sharrow, 45, 29:51; 85, Dan Sharron, 39, Dover-Foxcroft, 29:51; 86, Adrienne Ryan, 32, Lincolnville Center, 29:59; 87, Fran Ashby, 45, Camden, 30:06; 88, Rhonda Reardon, 41, Ellsworth, 30:09; 89, Robin Emery, 65, Lamoine, 30:33; 90, Kathy Young, 46, Camden, 30:58; 91, Ken Gross, 51, Camden, 30:59; 92, Donna Broderick, 43, Montville, 31:01; 93, Ralph Walkling, 62, Rockport, 31:26; 94, Emeline Ferguson, 18, Phippsburg, 31:40; 95, Kristin Brown, 51, South Thomaston, 31:46; 96, Elizabeth Black, 32, Rockland, 31:55; 97, Leslie Pelletier, 36, Belfast, 32:25; 98, Jane Dagley, 49, Camden, 32:27; 99, Leslie Eaton, 45, 33:14; 100, Amanda Cushman, 26, Searsmont, 33:34; 101, Daniel Cushman, 26, Searsmont, 33:35; 102, Gretchen Scales, 29, 33:53; 103, Erika Yepsen, 29, 33:54; 104, Allison Piper, 37, Morrill, 34:09; 105, Sophie Moore, 12, Camden, 34:28; 106, Anna Miller, 31, Camden, 34:31; 107, Colleen Jaques, 51, Hope, 35:03; 108, Wendy Hart, 44, Belgrade, 35:36; 109, June Parent, 48, Camden, 35:45; 110, Noreen Mullaney, 48, Thomaston, 36:42; 111, Deb Hilton, 55, Damariscotta, 37:05; 112, Jane Rasmussen, 75, Tenants Harbor, 38:46; 113, Karen Tooley, 43, Camden, 39:51; 114, Jodi Hart, 32, Belgrade, 46:12; and 115, Ashley Messner, 30, Waldo, 46:23.

The individual results for walkers in the 5K were: 1, Cindy Fraser, Camden; 2, Kathleen Ryan, Camden; 3, Judith Jones, Hope; 4, Deb Chapman, Camden; 5, Carolyn Snyder, Camden; 6, Charles Brown, South Thomaston; 7, Michelle Hannan; 8, Meg Fowler, Lincolnville; 9, Jenn Boshes, Rockland; 10, Orion Boshes, Rockland; 11, Deb Merchant, Camden; 12, Susan Overlock, Warren; 13, Lark Blum, South Thomaston; 14, Dawn Harlor, Camden; 15, Cody Prandelli, Camden; 16, Robin Elms, Camden; 17, Ferolyn Curtis, Rockland; 18, Doug Curtis Jr., Rockland; 19, Lucas Brower, Camden; 20, Lyn Tesseyman, Camden; 21, Carissa Carter, Belfast; 22, Shannon Coombs, Belfast; 23, Dan Bookham, Rockland; 24, Jim Gamage Jr., Rockport; 25, Carmel Poisson, Union (opt-out); 26, Alison Metcalf, Appleton (opt-out); 27, Arielle Bywater, Belfast; 28, Tracy Lane, Walpole; 29, Joanne Petkus, Auburn; 30, David Bean; and 31, Rebecca Overlock, Warren.

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