Photo finishes always are fun to witness at the end of running competitions and the fourth annual Lucky Leprechaun 5-Kilometer Road Race/Walk had such an ending in cool, sunny, 45-degree temperatures March 17.

Rufus Williams, 52, of Rockport and Peter Kenney, 46, of Bar Harbor, battled to the end of the 3.1-mile race with less than a half-second separating the two. Williams secured the top spot. The runners finished in 19:05.

The race for the top spot for female participants was not so dramatic as Katie Johnson, 30, of Rockland finished first in 20:41.

There were 122 runners and nine walkers.

The event was another in the annual series of local road races directed by Reade Brower of Camden in support of an orphanage in Chigamba Village, Malawi, Africa founded by Janet Littlefield, a native of Union.

Littlefield runs an organization called “Go Malawi” and Brower and others raise money, in part, by running the Set the Pace 5K Jan. 1 in Camden from host Smokestack, LUV Me 5K Feb. 11 in Rockport from host Penobscot Bay YMCA, Lucky Leprechaun 5K March 17 in Rockland from host Almalfi, Peter Ott’s 10K June 3 in Camden from Peter Ott’s and Scare Me 5K in Rockland on Oct. 27 from host Almalfi. This year’s race series is co-sponsored by Sphere Fitness of Rockland and Thorfinn Adventure of Lincolnville.

The individual results from the Lucky Leprechaun 5K were: 1, Williams, 52, Rockport, 19:05; 2, Kenney, 46, Bar Harbor, 19:05; 3, Johnson, 30, Rockland, 20:41; 4, Ron Haney, 54, Warren, 20:54; 5, Matthew Revitt, 30, Montville, 21:33; 6, Naomi Holzhauer, 18, Rockland, 21:36; 7, Darren Winchenbach, 30, Waldoboro, 21:44; 8, Tyrone Fulgham, 42, Lewiston, 21:47; 9, Amy Robbins, 33, Searsmont, 21:52; 10, Steve Cartwright, 60, Waldoboro, 22:07; 11, Jasmine Fowler, 33, Morrill, 22:14; 12, Tara Wagner, 36, Hope, 22:23; 13, Christopher Hodges, 43, Campton, 22:29; 14, Katie Havener, 26, Rockland, 22:39; 15, Mark Curtis, 54, Rockland, 22:46; 16, Jared Goldsmith, 33, Fairfield, 22:52; 17, William Orne, 19, Camden, 22:52; 18, Gerald Davidson, 37, Montville, 22:53; 19, Luke Snow, 33, Spruce Head, 22:56; 20, Scott Herrick, 39, Owls Head, 22:57; 21, Jen Glick, 37, Montville, 23:11; 22, Emily Edwards, 30, Waterville, 23:21; 23, John Shelley, 25, Owls Head, 23:23; 24, Lindsey Piper, 32, Morrill, 23:26; 25, Mary Smith, 46, Cushing, 23:27; 26, Kyle Hodges, 16, Campton, 23:44; 27, Melinda Knowles, 26, Belmont, 23:48; 28, Raechelle Haynes, 27, Thomaston, 24:01; 29, Hannah Hersom, 18, Rockland, 24:07; 30, Lindsay Spigel, 33, Unity, 24:14; 31, Chad Kirkpatrick, 39, 24:22; 32, Lloyd Harmon, 71, Ellsworth, 24:28; 33, Caleb Jones, 23, 24:35; 34, Mary Cushgam, 40, Falmouth, 24:36; 35, Don Andrus, 64, Rockport, 24:47; 36, Caledonia Moore, 19, Cushing, 24:51; 37, Rob Collins, 42, Windsor, 24:57; 38, Tracy Young, 33, Rockland, 25:09; 39, Sarah Andrus, 57, Rockport, 25:17; 40, Drew Hodges, 12, Campton, 25:29; 41, Sarah Miller, 24, Camden, 25:42; 42, Toni Call, 41, Jefferson, 25:47; 43, Jon Dudley, 47,Falmouth, 25:49; 44, Joanie Rhoda, 58, Washington, 25:51; 45, Rebecca Jacobs, 36, Rockland, 26:00; 46, Gary Billington, 50, Rockland, 26:03; 47, Cecily Havener, 33, Rockland, 26:17; 48, Mark Breton, 41, Rockland, 26:22; 49, Tom Chester, 39, Lincolnville, 26:38; and 50, Karen Sprague, 32, Camden, 26:49.

Also, 51, Fletcher Hall, 33, South Thomaston, 26:57; 52, Paul Cooper, 44, Owls Head, 27:00; 53, Sasha Fitzpatrick, 36, Winslow, 27:17; 54, Jennifer Brooks, 43, Union, 27:26; 55, Adrienne Ryan, 32, Lincolnville, 27:39; 56, Thomas Norgang, 60, Damariscotta, 27:49; 57, Colleen Norgang, 27, Damariscotta, 28:00; 58, Ellen Spring, 59, Thomaston, 28:03; 59, Rick Thackery, 39, Rockland, 28:30; 60, Korin Arvidison, 41, Rockland, 28:38; 61, Sarah Gilbert, 28, Union. 28:42; 62, Donna Broderick, 43, Montville, 28:50; 63, Traci Sheldon, 44, Northport, 28:58; 64, Kathleen Meil, 35, Rockport, 29:00; 65, Mirelle Lafreniere, 14, Lincolnville, 29:12; 66, Abigail Matlack, 14, Camden, 29:13; 67, David Young, 59, Friendship, 29:15; 68, June Gallant, 60, Nobleboro, 29:16; 69, Jestine Burgess, 24, Union, 29:28; 70, Sarah Post, 38, Owls Head, 29:31; 71, Lisa Cost, 48, Nobleboro, 29:33; 72, Amanda Cost, 35, 29:34; 73, Mary Kate Reny, 49, Bremen, 29:35; 74, Sarah McLean, 37, Rockport, 29:36; 75, Jennifer Littlefield, 27, Belfast, 30:37; 76, Keith Holland, 56, Old Town, 30:38; 77, Kristin Brown, 51, Rockland, 31:03; 78, Allison Piper, 37, Morrill, 31:15; 79, Brianna Gross, 17, Warren, 31:18; 80, Kathy Pierce, 38, Rockland, 31:34; 81, Pam Fowles, 43, Rockland, 31:35; 82, Penny Cookson, 44, Windsor, 31:41; 83, Helen Colvey, 49, Rockland, 31:48; 84, Alicia Costa, 34, Warren, 31:50; 85, Anna Curtis, 49, Rockland, 31:51; 86, Sarah Godfrey, 31, Rockland, 31:58; 87, Diane Ross, 56, Owls Head, 32:00; 88, Nancy Mills, 62, Cornville, 32:47; 89, Patricia Wotton, 54, Rockland, 33:04; 90, Sara Converse, 26, Unity, 33:05; 91, Bethany Couturier, 27, Unity, 33:05; 92, Theresa Bolles, 39, Bucksport, 33:52; 93, Jeremy Conn, 35, Portland, 33:57; 94, Kate Cohen, 44, Lincolnville, 34:03; 95, Kelly Saunders, 27, South Thomaston, 34:12; 96, Christina Falla, 33, South Thomaston, 34:17; 97, Lucy Cohen, 6, Lincolnville, 34:26; 98, Alex Cohen, 38, Lincolnville, 34:29; 99, Kimberly Hilchey, 20, 34:56; and 100, Kathryn Matlack, 43, Camden, 35:36.

Additionally, 101, Cheryl Gibbons, 54, Camden, 35:38 11:29; 102, Erinn Conn, 30, Portland, 35:39 11:29; 103, Brittany Daggett, 22, Union, 35:44; 104, Jo Geddis, 42, Owls Head, 35:45; 105, Ken Martin, 65, Tenants Harbor, 36:04 11:37; 106, Ronald Timberlake, 42, Washington, 36:31; 107, Pamela Timberlake, 30, Washington, 36:32; 108, Ron Hayes, 44, Winterport, 36:55; 109, Traczie Bellinger, 26, Portland, 36:56; 110, Daniel Coyne, 45, Rockland, 37:14; 111, Susan Harriman, 58, Levant, 37:29; 112, Tiffany Hodges, 41, Campton, 38:09; 113, Karen Neill, 49, Bangor, 38:16; 114, Katie McPhee, 34, Orono, 38:23; 115, Kristen McGovern, 37, Orono, 38:24; 116, Jane Rasmussen, 75, Tenants Harbor, 38:49; 117, Teresa Downey, 43, Rockland, 38:53; 118, Nikolai Wotton, 16, Rockland, 46:01; 119, Haley Wotton, 19, Rockland, 46:02; 120, Colleen Jaques, 51, Hope, 47:51; 121, Sandy Billington, 46, Rockland, 52:08; and 122, Linda Ward, 52, Rockland, 52:08.

The individual walkers were: 1, Mandie Sawyer, 32, Belfast; 2, Jason Ellis, 36, Camden; 3, Sarah Ellis, 44, Camden; 4, Doug Curtis Jr., 57, Rockland; and 5, Meg Fowler, 37, Lincolnville.

Opt-outs were: 1, Dena Rogers, 59, Rockland; 2, Leslie Pelletier, 37, Belfast; 3, Elizabeth Cagnon, 33, Belfast; 4, June Parent, 48, Camden; 5, Kyle Baubonis, 18, Union; 6, Tina Murray, 34, Rockland; 7, Skip Bates, 42, Camden; 8, Josh Rustica, 35, Rockland; and 9, Tracey Gossell.

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