Among the runners at this year’s expanded Blueberry Cove half-marathon will be the inaugural winners of the men’s and women’s divisions.

Registered for the Aug. 26 race in St. George are 2011 overall winner Eric Mauricette, 21, of Owls Head, and first-place female Willow Parker, 14, of Rockport. Parker was age 13 when she took third overall with a time of 1:27:40 in the first annual Blueberry Cove 13.1-mile event.

Mauricette’s time was 1:19:20, first among 70 runners who braved a rain squall brought by what was first Hurricane Irene but turned into Tropical Storm Irene. This year the field is 125 runners, up from 100 registrants in 2011. As of late January, about 80 slots had been filled.

The scenic, somewhat hilly course starts at Blueberry Cove Camp in Tenants Harbor and loops through Port Clyde village, around the Marshall Point Light house, along Drift Inn Beach and finishes at the camp on Harts Neck Road.

Proceeds from the race benefit the children’s camp, which is part of the nonprofit Tanglewood 4H Camp & Learning Center in Lincolnville. The race event includes a local foods pre-race dinner with live music on Aug. 25, and a free blueberry brunch following the race.

Every participant receives a handmade porcelain medallion, acknowledging that everyone makes an effort and deserves recognition.

Blueberry Cove and Tanglewood are accepting campers for the upcoming season, and information is available online at:

To register for the half-marathon, go online to:

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