It seems when a Midcoast resident is in need many are willing to step to the plate to help and that spirit again was evident Saturday morning, May 3 during the "Grace and Grit" 5-Kilometer Road Race.

The event helped raise money to support the medical costs of Bobbie Jo Denman, 38, of Appleton, who is battling breast cancer.

The event attracted nearly 100 runners/walkers and 120 supporters to help Denman's cause. The outpouring of love and support for Denman in her time of need was, in a word, overwhelming.

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The race/walk, held in sunny, 60-degree temperatures, started and ended near Trackside Station Restaurant as participants trekked across the streets of the city's South End.

Darren Winchenbach, 32, of Auburn finished first, crossing the 3.1-mile course in 20 minutes and 25 seconds, or at a 6:35 per-mile pace. Richard Bissett Sr., 40, of Waldoboro finished second at 20:51, 26 seconds behind Winchenbach.

The first female to cross the course was Theresa Withee, 47, of Hope in 23:31, at a 7:35 per-mile pace.

The event's title certainly describes Denman, who possesses plenty of grace and grit. Denman even participated in the race, as she finished 69th in 35:30.

“This is such an awesome turnout,” said Denman. “It just makes me want to cry.”

She went on to thank Troy and Suzie Peasley, along with her sister, Billie Jo Philbrook, who organized the race.

Denman was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer after finding a lump on her breast in January. She had regular mammograms prior to her diagnosis, the most recent in September of last year.

“It was very overwhelming at first,” she said of the diagnosis. “Then I had this pivotal moment where I said to myself, 'I can either fall to this and live in fear and dramatically change my life, or I can fight.' And so I chose to fight.”

“She started day one,” said Jim Denman of his wife. “She started fighting the second she got the call. Her attitude has just been great, and I really think that carries her. It's been fantastic. [She's had] very little side-affects, she's a bulldog and she's really pushing through. I think we definitely appreciate things a little more than we used to.”

Bobbie Jo and Jim have two children, Billy Ray and Dylan. Billy Ray was involved in a car accident April 28 in Washington in which he broke his neck, though he still attended Saturday's road race sporting a neck brace.

"We've had a lot going on," she said. "But [we've had] super awesome friends and family support."

Philbrook wanted to do a fundraiser that lent itself to her sister's active lifestyle and personality.

“As soon as she got diagnosed, I was like, 'Well, I have to do something,' ” Philbrook said. “It helps me not necessarily cope better, but it just makes me feel better knowing I'm doing something that's helping her and her husband.

“She's not letting [the cancer] stop her whatsoever. She's living her life. It's not owning her.”

The even raised more than $4,000 for the Denmans, Troy Peasley said.

Philbrook thanked Just Right Auto Repair, The First, Wadsworth Landscaping, EPM Electric, Maine Monument Service, B&C Cleaning and Route 17 Auto Sales and Salvage for their contributions "who, without them, we could not have had such a successful event."

The individual race/walk results, with place, participant's name, age, residence and time listed, were: 1, Winchenbach, 32, Auburn, 20:25; 2, Bissett, 40, Waldoboro, 20:51; 3, Dayton Dinsmore, 12, South Thomaston, 21:39; 4, Dan Miller, 25, Rockland, 21:40; 5, Ron Haney, 57, Warren, 21:52; 6, Clayton Sockabasin, 44, Indian Township, 22:41; 7, Withee, 47, Hope, 23:31; 8, Alexander Cleaves, 14, Liberty, 24:31; 9, Raechelle Haynes, 29, Thomaston, 24:34; 10, Jessica Weatherbee, 40, Owls Head, 24:43; 11, Tom Chester, 41, Lincolnville, 24:52; 12, Nathan Garnett, 22, Washington, 25:06; 13, Tara Wagner, 38, Hope, 25:14; 14, Terri Baines, 52, South Thomaston, 25:28; 15, Taylor Baines, 27, Warren, 25:28; 16, Tim Dionne, 32, Appleton, 25:46; 17, Joseph Moody, 37, Camden, 26:03; 18, Hillary Pride, 27, South Thomaston, 26:07; 19, Samantha Wiley, 26, Rockport, 26:12; 20, Sara Littlefield, 34, Northport, 26:13; 21, Patricia Leach, 42, Warren, 26:28; 22, Jamie Ames, 37, Hope, 26:58; 23, Jim Denman, 42, Appleton, 27:00; 24, Sandra Martz, 33, Appleton, 27:32; 25, Toni Call, 43, Jefferson, 27:36; 26, Patrick Lowe, 39, Camden, 27:47; 27, Art Warren, 79, Camden, 27:54; 28, Becky Lowe, 36, Camden, 28:00; 29, Bissett Mathieu, 15, Waldoboro, 28:00; 30, Tom Kennedy, 53, Rockport, 28:30; 31, Tami Casas, 38, Washington, 28:43; 32, Jacob Morse, 24, Thomaston, 28:44; 33, Michelle Beveridge, 32, Camden, 28:54; 34, Participant's name unavailable, 29:22; 35, Christienne Jones, 38, Thomaston, 29:39; 36, Misty Start, 25, Thomaston, 29:57; 37, Amy Adams, 22, Eddington, 30:04; 38, Jody Dinsmore, 41, South Thomaston, 30:12; 39, Nicole Bissett, 41, Waldoboro, 30:23; 40, Matthew Dana Il, 34, Princeton, 30:28; 41, Colby Horne, 30, Belfast, 30:32; 42, Gretchen Anderson, 30, Union, 30:33; 43, Rachael Umstead, 36, Union, 30:42; 44, Danielle Fagonde, 37, Hope, 30:46; 45, Elizabeth Twitchell, 34, Searsmont, 31:03; 46, Joseph Socobasin, 41, Princeton, 31:09; 47, Peter Twitchell, 33, Warren, 31:11; 48, Katie Daggett, 45, Washington, 31:20; 49, Abby Daggett, 17, Washington, 31:40; and 50, Deb Smith, 45, Appleton, 31:55.

Also, 51, Kergan Thomann, 28, Lincolnville, 32:02; 52, Dan Eaton, 51, Camden, 32:23; 53, Leslie Eaton, 49, Camden, 32:51; 54, Kristin Bickford, 32, Lincolnville, 32:53; 55, Bayleigh Hilchey, 28, Thomaston, 32:57; 56, Cheselle Galkowski, 28, Owls Head, 33:08; 57, Alicia Costa, 36, Warren, 33:27; 58, Vanessa Colesworthy, 27, Thomaston, 33:43; 59, Tammy Jo Ladd, 39, Windham, 33:44; 60, Jenna Twitchell, 29, Warren, 33:46; 61, Scott Davis, 43, Nobleboro, 33:50; 62, Samantha Runius, 25, Rockland, 34:19; 63, Stephanie Griffin, 35, Camden, 34:19; 64, June Parent, 50, Camden, 34:38; 65, Jessica Davis, 31, Appleton, 34:39; 66, Bonny Longley, 34, Rockport, 35:11; 67, Bill Morong, 41, Camden, 35:11; 68, Nicole Bradford, 25, Searsport, 35:14; 69, Bobbie Jo Denman, 38, Appleton, 35:30; 70, Chris Carly Mercer, 29, Belfast, 35:47; 71, Cait Harrington, 34, Appleton, 35:50; 72, Abby Rice, 39, Rumford, 36:02; 73, Melissa Robbins, 36, Waldoboro, 36:27; 74, Caitlyn Robbins, 8, Waldoboro, 36:28; 75, Trina Johnson, 39, Thomaston, 36:33; 76, Heather Carle, 40, Liberty, 37:05; 77, Bre Laughlin, 30, South Portland, 37:09; 78, Jacob Sockabasin, 8, Indian Township, 37:24; 79, Tony Dana, 11, Princeton, 39:03; 80, Jodi Russell, 31, Appleton, 39:10; 81, Emily Deam, 27, Warren, 39:10; 82, Cassidy Keene, 32, Rockland, 40:10; 83 Sharon Setz, 54, Rockland, 40:11; 84, Teri Willey, 44, Waldoboro, 40:26; 85, Susan Peasley, 47, Rockland, 40:27; 86, Alicia McWilliams, 35, 41:33; 87, Cynthia Raven, 54, Waldo, 42:01; 88, Mark Raven, 54, Waldo, 42:01; 89, Ruth Bowman, 43, Washington, 42:42; 90, Valerie Simmons, 38, Washington, 42:42; 91, Ryan Lanphere, 32, Appleton, 44:25; 92, Erica Lanphere, 30, Appleton, 44:25; 93, Mary Day, 30, Washington, 45:26; 94, Isabella Day, 7, Washington, 45:26; 95, Teresa Brewster, 53, Rockland, 47:01; 96, Matthew Dana Il, 34, Princeton, 49:28; 97, Shelby Taylor, 22, Lincolnville, 49:29; 98, Tanja Barbour, 48, Rockland, 50:41; and 99, Pamela Doherty, 48, Warren, 50:49.

The event's supporters (many of whom walked the course), with name, age and residence listed, were: Chloe Achorn, 13, Jefferson; Shina Athearn, 37, Union; Andrew Beck, 28, Washington; Rhonda Bickford, 47, Rockland; Carolyn Bobola-Murphy, 42, Warren; Susan Bogan, 52, Essex, Conn.; Erin Bogan, 22, Essex, Conn.; Alyssa Bogan, 19, Essex, Conn.; Monique Bouchard, 24, Windsor; Holly Bowman, 26, Hope; Rosanna Bowman, 30, Hope; Andy Brown, 47, Portland; Alyssa Butler Beck, 24, Washington; Linda Clark, 51, Appleton; Lenny Cunningham, 77, Liberty; Nakia Dana, 39, Princeton; Matthew A. Dana, 8, Princeton; Holly Denman, 18, Appleton; Toni Denman, 74, Appleton; Jackie Denman, 49, Appleton; Amanda Denman, 22, Appleton; Jessica Dinsmore, 36, Searsmont; Angel Eggen, 43, Portland; Becky Eggen, 32, Warren; Paige Emerson, 21, Monroe; Brittany Fields, 29, Hope; Leana Hendrickson, 26, Waldoboro; Jeff Hilt, 42, Union; Melissa Jackson, 26, Jefferson; Laurie Jackson, 50, Washington; Timothy Jackson, 56, Washington; Rachel Jewett, 38, Liberty; Bonnie Jordan, 56, Rockland; Janet King, 58, Washington; Terry Knight, 59, Warren; Lindley Knight, 55, Warren; Dorothy Lane, 36, Warren; Debra Libby, 44, Liberty; Susan Littlefield, 67, Waldo; Mary Lord, 45, Morrill; Annette MacNair, 60, Camden; Tobey Moody, 38, Hope; Allison Moody, 27, Appleton; Cara Olsen, 36, Augusta; Nancy Parmenter, 60 Washington; Jill Pease, 29, Appleton; Denise Philbrook, 57, Warren; Ron Philbrook, 56, Warren; Missy Philbrook, 18, Warren; Ashley Pike, 29, Appleton; Candice Raven, 43, Waldo; Colleen Raven, 22, Waldo; Amanda Raven, 27, Waldo; Jordan Ray, 23, Liberty; Tammy Reynolds, 44, Liberty; Mercedes Reynolds, 19, Liberty; Cassandra Rolerson, 29, Washington; Tabitha Ryan, 31, Augusta; Denise Shaw, 56, Union; Laura Silvia, 29, Washington; Pamela Smith, 52, Belfast; Tammy Smith, 51, Cushing; Barbara St.Clair, 63, Liberty; Sandra St.Clair, 66, Liberty; Lacey Stone, 28, Cushing; Miranda Struk-Miller, 23, Warren; Sarah Taylor, 25, Washington; Kimberly Ward, 26, Thorndike; Jacob Weston, 12, Jefferson; Ann Barbour, 22, Waldoboro; Serri Barbour, 51, Waldoboro; Jessica Belvill, 31, Burkettville; A.J. Benner, 16, Tenants Harbor; Kari Brooks, 55, Thomaston; Billy-Ray Denman, 21, Appleton; Dylan Denman, 20, Appleton; Sandra Edgecomb, 68, Liberty; Libby Emerson, 19, Monroe; Janice Escancy, 45, Appleton; Wendy Glaude, 39, Tenants Harbor; Angie Harriman, 49, Liberty; Melissa Libby, 41, Liberty; Beth Morrison, 35, Somerville; Sarah Orlandello, 29, Union; Elaine Pepler, 69, Liberty; Billie Jo Philbrook, 28, Lincolnville; Larry Philbrook, 31, Lincolnville; Chandra Pitcher, 35, Rockport; Vanessa Thomann, 26, Lincolnville; Sandra Edgecomb, 67, Liberty; Donna Bowness-Belyea, 67, Rockland; Roxanne Eggen, 53, Liberty; Fred Eggen, 55, Liberty; Melinda Ferrazza, 31, Brooks; Kim Bartlett, 40, Appleton; June Brown, 58, Hope; Kathy Phillips, 60, Union; Haiden Alley, 10, Rockland; Amy Moody, 50, Warren; Jennifer Hixon, 38, Camden; Stacy Whitley, 34, Hope; Tess Whitley, 10, Hope; Ella Powers, 10, Hope; Molly Hixon, 9, Camden; Matthew Dinsmore, 41, Rockport; Jamie Kennard, 33, Washington; Robert Batty, 21; Karen Bode, 58, Rockport; Angela Ross, 44, Cushing; Autumn Dinsmore, 19, Warren; Pam Stone, 54, Cushing; Lisa Richards, 45, Montville; Ashly Curtis, 30, Tenants Harbor; Poonsri Sawangjaeng, 37, Monroe; Jennifer Socobasin, 41, Princeton; Nicholas Tovil, 31, Appleton; Darcy Blethen, 70, Appleton; Eva Blethen, 56, Appleton; Cindy Potter, 54, Oakland; and Mark Potter, 54, Oakland.

To make a donation, checks can be made payable to: Support For Bobbie Jo Denman c/o Billie Jo Philbrook, 124 Marriner Drive, Lincolnville, Maine 04849.