Despite raw, wet, late-winter weather conditions, a pair of young Midcoast residents took top honors among 101 hardy runners/walkers who participated in the sixth annual "Lucky Leprechaun" 5-kilometer road race Saturday morning, March 15 in and around the south end of the city.

The run/walk, held in rainy, low-40-degree temperatures, attracted a strong field of 101 participants, while the event also attracted 16 supporters.

Pat O'Donnell, 23, of Warren and Abby Hersom, 18, of Rockland were the first overall male and female finishers in the 3.1-mile event, which began and ended at Trackside Station Restaurant on Union/Pleasant streets.

O'Donnell, a former Medomak Valley High School athletic standout, finished first overall, crossing the wet course in 19 minutes and 24 seconds, and at a 6:15-mile pace.

Hersom, a current Oceanside High School athletic standout, finished first among the females, crossing fourth overall in 20:06, or a 6:29-mile pace.

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William Nichols, 62, of Sandy Point, finished second in 19:58 and Darren Winchenbach, 32, of Waldoboro third in 19:59.

While 34 seconds separated O'Donnell and Winchenbach, only one second separated Nichols and Wincehnbach.

Lauren Jellison, 31, of Camden was the second female finisher in 20:31, or seventh overall.

The 5K was the third in Go! Malawi’s 2014 race series and was held two days before St. Patrick's Day.

The non-profit Go! Malawi continues to raise funds for education programs, which support orphans and other vulnerable children in rural Malawi, Africa. Go! Malawi helps educate orphaned children in order to give them a “hand-up” and a chance at a productive life.

The annual 5K race series is organized by local volunteers from Team Go! Malawi. This team consists of local walkers and runners who share a common vision: “To run with a purpose, for a purpose.”

They challenge themselves to be physically fit and to make a positive global change by supporting Go! Malawi. They are looking for a few more team members to join them in their destination marathon or half-marathon in the fall.

Those interested in running for the team or joining Team Go! Malawi should email 5K race series director Andrew Bonarrigo at masonman321@yahoo.com, or Go! Malawi board members Reade Brower at reade@freepressonline.com or Janet Littlefield at janet@go-malawi.org, the organization’s executive director.

The individual 'Lucky Leprechaun" results, with a participant's place, name, age, city and time listed, included: 1, Pat O'Donnell, 23, Warren, 19:24; 2, William Nichols, 18, Sandy Point, 19:58; 3, Darren Winchenbach, 32, Waldoboro, 19:59; 4, Abby Hersom, 18, Rockland, 20:06; 5, Richard Bissett, 40, Waldoboro, 20:23; 6, Ronald Stevenson, 42, Knox, 20:28; 7, Lauren Jellison, 31, Camden, 20:31; 8, Leslie Munnell, 51, Bath, 20:32; 9, Larry Turner, 46, Camden, 20:34; 10, Ron Haney, 56, Warren, 20:38; 11, Sam Meklin, 18, Rockland, 21:23; 12, Eric Olds, 43, Belfast, 21:35; 13, Matthew Bissett, 15, Waldoboro, 22:29; 14, Dayton Dinsmore, 12, South Thomaston, 22:32; 15, David Nantkes, 48, Lincoln, 22:45; 16, Barb Daggett, 44, Thomaston, 22:50; 17, Matthew Booth, 29, Old Town, 23:29; 18, Casey Clark Kelly, 31, Jefferson, 23:37; 19, Morgan Petrak, 37, Unity, 24:12; 20, Caitlin Daly, 29, Waldoboro, 25:05; 22, Becky Melquist, 34, Thomaston, 25:07; 23, Michelle Perry, 43, Rockport, 25:18; 24, Paul Gimlewicz, 51, Camden, 25:37; 25, Samantha Wiley, 26, Rockport, 26:02; 26, Evan Winckurzen, 22, Richmond, 26:05; 27, Kelly Willis, 32, Rockland, 26:15; 28, Barbara Higgins, 38, Brewer, 26:19; 29, Christopher King, 44, Winslow, 26:52; 30, Scott Davis, 43, Nobleboro, 26:57; 31, Toni Call, 43, Jefferson, 27:21; 32, Alan Reynolds, 46, Vassalboro, 27:22; 33, Kelly Hall, 44, Owls Head, 27:33; 34, Jackie Hall, 12 Owls Head, 27:33; 35, Jennifer Blanchette, 37, Hope, 27:37; 36, Hailey Hardwood, 20 Vinalhaven, 27:39; 37, Alma Aranda, 43, Lewiston, 27:39; 38, Jason Freeman, 38, Appleton, 27:40; 39, Patricia Leach, 42, Warren, 27:42; 40, Hilda Livingstone, 59, Hope, 27:56; 41, Elisa Old, 47, Belfast, 27:57; 42, Carrie Johnson, 29, Rockland, 27:58; 43 ,Cindy Hall, 51, Thomaston, 28:09; 44, Steve Cornforth, 61, Warren, 28:10; 45, Heather McGonagle, 33, Winterport, 28:11; 46, Ericka Theriault, 35, Thomaston, 28:16; 47, George Wu, 29, Edgecomb, 28:17; 48, Kaitlyn Kessel, 13, Rockport, 28:24; 49, Lydia Morin, 17, Camden, 28:40; and 50, Kiera Haining, 17, Rockport, 28:40;

Also, 51, Suzan Beaudion, 58, Vassalboro, 28:43; 52, Marianne Kessel, 46, Rockport, 28:52; 53, Steph Oiler, 37, Hermon, 28:53; 54, Lyn Tesseyman, 34 Rockport, 29:02; 55, Reade Brower, 57, Rockland, 29:05; 56, Nicole Bissett, 41, Waldoboro 29:08; 57, Jessica Grenier, 32, Winslow, 29:15; 58, Veronica Carlson, 28, Rockland, 29:28; 59, Melissa Powell, 33 Jefferson, 29:28; 60, Jade Fleury, 38, Thomaston, 30:05; 61, Randolph Pitts, 55, Vinalhaven , 30:07; 62, Alicia Collins, 43, Augusta, 30:19; 63, Jody Dinsmore, 41, South Thomaston, 30:40; 64, Lisa-Marie Sassevi, 47, Lewiston, 31:06; 65, Joshue Poulin, 40, Augusta, 31:15; 66, James Blanchette, 40, Hope, 31:30; 67, Rebecca Johnson, 26, Rockland, 31:38; 68, Laura Reynolds, 47, Vassalboro, 31:42; 69, Christina Barth, 30, Owls Head, 32:00; 70, Dorothy Jeffers, 29, Spruce Head, 32:02; 71, Frank Dinsmore, 52, Damariscotta, 32:12; 72, Summer Hatch, 33, Damariscotta, 32:14; 73, Deb Prescott, 47, Waldoboro, 32:15; 74, Kate Noble, 46, Vienna, 32:18; 75, Ellen Spring, 61, Thomaston, 32:38; 76, Kristin Bickford, 31, Lincolnville, 32:55; 77, Jane Dagley, 52, Camden, 33:02; 78, Jacque Letteney, 31, Waldoboro, 34:23; 79, Kelly Brackley, 40, Alna, 34:24; 80, Sophia Love-Webb, 12, Waldoboro, 35:36; 81, Kayla Olds, 12, Belfast, 35:36; 82, Leslie Denton, 40, Thorndike, 36:11; 83, Aspen Laurita-Spang, 13, Rockland, 36:33; 84, William Welte, 25, Rockland, 37:05; 85, Trina Johnson, 36, Thomaston, 37:16; 86, Samuel Staples, 31, Rockland, 37:52; 87, Leonard Stroh, 45, Winslow, 38:06; 88, Chris Roman, 41, Rockland, 38:44; 89, John Bagley, 38, Rockland, 38:44; 90, Stacey King, 35, Winslow, 38:50; 91, Juliett St. Clair, 15, Rockland, 39:23; 92, Wendy Wood, 43, Thomaston, 40:04; 93, Marie McGonagle, 66, Searsport, 40:22; 94, Jane Rasmussen, 77, Tenants Harbor, 40:30; 95, Alicia McWilliams, 35, Rockland, 41:52; 96, Melinda Millet, 46, Damariscotta, 43:45; 97, Nancy Carlson, 58, Spruce Head, 49:19; 98, Heidi Alley, 45, Cushing, 50:45; 99, Brandy Perkins, 33, Rockland, 50:45; 100, Kathy Pietra-Santa, 62, Searsmont, 56:54; and 101, Hector Pietra-Santa, 54, Searsmont, 57:08.

The supporters were: Tyler Millet, Fairfield; Paul Gimlewics, Camden; Meaghan McGonagle, Winterport; Molly Staples, Rockland; Emily Genever, Winterport; Katrina Morgan, Pittston; Darrin Morgan, Pittston; Breana Coyle, Yarmouth; Nichole Wadsworth, Tenants Harbor; Britt Radiley, Vinalhaven; Chuck Wagon, Rockland; Kevin Marriner, Belfast; Christienne Jones, Thomaston; Melissa Marshall, Hope; Jim Tolles, Hope; and Martha Brower. Rockland.