They came, leapt, ran and, ultimately, splashed. All of them. With no exceptions. Got wet.

Thus is the nature of the always-popular Maine Lobster Festival Great International Lobster Crate Race, this time held on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 4.

The fleet-of-feet event was held on the final day of the 72nd annual festival on the city's waterfront.

Watch video and see more than 140 photos below.

This year's event, which usually attracts competitors from all over the world (and a bundle of locals), was no different as ideal weather conditions greeted the hardy souls who attempted the journey across the 50 wooden crates strung dock to dock in inner Rockland Harbor.

When the waves from the final splash into the cold salt water subsided, the overall winner was Sean Griffith, 11, of Fairfax Station, Va., who crossed 2,965 crates.

Aiden Genthner, 9, of Owls Head finished second with 1,689.

There were nearly 90 competitors on the day who came from places such as Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Limerick, Pa., Austin and Dallas, Texas, Lakewood, Colo., Los Altos and Morrill Bay, Calif., Gilbert, S.C., Kansas City, Mo., Fairfax Station, Va. and Davenport and Stewart, Fla., to name a few distant places.

Participants ranged in ages 4 to nearly 56.

This year's division winners and runners-up were:

Featherweight — Sean Griffith, 11, Fairfield Station, Va., 2965; and Aiden Genthner, 9, Owls Head, 1689.

Lightweight — Caden Kennedy, 13, Wallingford, Conn., 275; and Timothy Faye, 18, Jamestown, R.I., 245.

Mediumweight — Lauren Jacob, 21, Los Altos, Calif., 397; and Kent Weymouth, 18, Gilbert, S.C., 58.

Supersize — Josh Bodman, 28, Rockland, 8; and Todd Shepler, 48, Austin, Texas, 7.

Jacob finished first overall last year at 1,397 crates.

As usual, there were a handful of additional Coast Guard participants, who tried their hand — make that feet — at the gauntlet of lobster crates, and the weather conditions were ideal.

The individual results from Sunday's event, with name of participant, age, residence and number of crates crossed listed, were: Tyler Breen, 6, Matinicus, 3; Kaden Molloy, 9, Matinicus, 10; Olivia Breen, 8, Matinicus, 3; William Molloy, 9, Matinicus, 5; Blake Monroe, 6, Owls Head, 5; Jack Monroe, 9, South Thomaston, 4; Matthew Bodman, 11, Rockland, 104; Josh Bodman, 28, Rockland, 8; Kathlene Page, 18, South Berwick, 64; Harrison Page, 14, South Berwick, 137; Sydney Page, 16, South Berwick, 57; Jaxson McCray, 9, no town given, 3; Gavin Sullivan, 9, East Walpole, Mass., 1; Phinn Oliver, 10, Rockland, 1; Dylan Sullivan, 14, East Walpole, Mass., 20; Chloe O’Corcoran, 9, East Walpole, Mass., 4; Michael O’Brien, 37, East Walpole, Mass., 3; Patrick Faller, 14, Rockland, 9; Brian Corriveau, 41, Rockland, 8; Michael Corriveau, 11, Rockland, 93; Cole Harjula, 6, Rockland, 4; Alden Harjula, 4, Rockland, 4; Brian Corriveau, 14, Rockland, 11; Griffin Williamson, 9, Rockland, 18; Tobey Williamson, 46; Rockland, 11; Catherine Daly, 13, Groton, Mass., 230; Paige Murray, 12, Philadelphia, Pa., 40; Tyler Wiley, 10, Limerick, Pa., 73; Caitlyn Wiley, 13, Limerick, 21; Aiden Genthner, 9, Owls Head, 1,689; Dylan Winslow, 12, South Thomaston, 85; Kobe Genthner, 6, Owls Head, 20; Grace Lundquist, 14, Newark, Del., 12; Kim Cooke, 39, Austin, Texas, 4; Max Ferrin, 12, Albany, N.Y., 12; Monique Dakin, 14, Windham, 15; Belle Clapp, 14, Windham, 28; Madison Barbour, 14, Tenants Harbor, 4; Owen Dakin, 13, Windham, 130; Kyan Arteaga, 3, Warren, 2; Cora Arteaga, 5, Warren, 2; Jason Dakin, 35, Windham, 5; Travis Ventimiglia, 31, Jefferson, 7; Caden Kennedy, 13, Wallingford, Conn., 275; Erik MacMillan, 28, Rockland, 5; Parker Kennedy, 8, Wallingford, Conn., 48; Curt Hunnewell, 44, Lakewood, Colo., 6; Aida Hunnewell, 9, Lakewood, Colo., 10; Paxton Hunnewell, 8, Lakewood, Colo., 3; Heather McNamera, 39, Brunswick, 4; Scott Anderson, 44, Lisbon, 3; Aydan Moores, 12, Warren, 9; Tom Moores, 45, Warren, 7; Robert Heath, 11, Winston Salem, N.C., 2; Harper Kenniston, 6, Owls Head, 16; Sean Griffith, 11, Fairfax Station, Va., 2,965; Reese Smith, 12, Stewart, Fla., 9; Danielle Eaton, 12, Stewart, Fla., 130; Jon Jacob, 56, Los Altos, Calif., 5; Katherine Jacob, 18, Los Altos, Calif., 130; Lauren Jacob, 21, Los Altos, Calif., 397; Colt Woods, 6, Rockland, 3; Isabella Mitchell, 8, Dallas, Texas, 9; Owen Smith, 10, Carmel, 6; Jeffrey Chow, 30, New York, N.Y., 4; Melody Doan, 11, Louden, N.H., 40; Lilly Costello, 9, Louden, N.H., 5; Annalise Costello, 6, Louden, N.H., 2; Todd Shepler, 48, Austin, Texas, 7; David Bell, 45, Austin, Texas, 4; Jesse Everett, 29, Cumberland, 8; Kevin O’Connor, 26, South Portland, 9; Timothy Faye, 18, Jamestown, R.I., 245; Brian Carleson, 51, Morrill Bay, Calif., 5; Kent Weymouth, 18, Gilbert, S.C., 58; Lydia Moon, 18, Kingston, Mo., 12; Dawlson Moon, 23, Kansas City, Mo., 4; Cleary Risteen, 11, Rockland, 6; Grayson Downer, 10, North Andover, Mass., 5; Toby Jasinski, 12, Davenport, Fla., 2; and Josh Drinkwater, 35, no town given, 9.

There were no records challenged on this day. There were plenty of short trips — and cold splashes into Penobscot Bay — for many, with a few extended treks across the crates tied together from one dock to another below the festival grounds.

Contestants participate in four divisions: Featherweight (up to 75 pounds), lightweight (76-125), medium weight (126-175) and supersize or heavyweight (176 and heavier).

Last year, Jacob, then 20, became one of the "oldest" winners of an event where often youth, quick feet and not much body weight is the key to success racing across the gauntlet of 50 wooden lobster crates.

Jacob finished first overall with 1,397 crates to rule the crates during the 71st annual Maine Lobster Festival.

Last year she was cool, calm and collected during her impressive journey across the crates. In the end, her balancing act — and overall athleticism — was better than the rest.

To make Jacob's crate race win more impressive was the fact she finished fourth overall among 174 in the festival's 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) race earlier that morning. That means she ran more than six miles on land and another half mile on water in the same day.

Of course, she did that one better this year as she was the first female finisher in the 10K, and 11th overall among 188 participants.

Often crate-race participants wear flamboyant outfits, like last year, when one boy wore a doughnut as a flotation device.

It was a picture-perfect summer day to run the crates and, for most, more likely than not, to take an unexpected — but should-have-been-expected — dip in the always chilly waters of Penobscot Bay.

Avoiding that fall was the quest of one and all, the fast and slow, big and small, young and old.

The lobster crate races, watched by hundreds along the festival grounds, implores participants to combine lightning-quick feet and incredible endurance to seemingly traverse across the water of Rockland Harbor.

Participants run back and forth across a string of 50 wooden lobster crates tied between docks in Penobscot Bay. And the slower someone goes, the more the crates sink under their weight and makes the participant feel as if they are on the road to nowhere — seemingly in quick sand.

On the journey, some runners can become tipsy, topsy and turvy before they go splash.

The event is organized by Sy and Alex Knight, with plenty of help from the rest of the Knight family, most notably Celia.

The lighter weight runners often do the best because they stay on top of the wooden crates, while the heavier runners make the crates sink and, at some point, it feels like they are running in quick sand.

A year older and a little heavier also usually are added obstacles for the youngsters who return year after year to try their luck at the watery gauntlet.

After completing 500 crates each earlier in the competition, participants are given a break, but return later to keep running the crates. Then, at the end of the competition, the remaining participants — those who have not fallen, have a runoff, or showdown.

History lesson

Two years ago, Graidey O'Hanlon, 9, outdueled Scarlett Flint, 10, of Warren, the three-time defending champion and co-record holder. O'Hanlon crossed 905 crates and Flint 815.

Flint finished first the prior three years, crossing 1,500 crates in 2016 and a record 6,500 in 2015.

Flint and Harrison Page, then age 9, of South Berwick, set the event's all-time record with an amazing 6,500 crates apiece four years ago. Flint was age 7 that year, then, at age 8 two years ago, she finished first alone at 3,000 crates.

Then, three summers ago, at the ripe old age of 9, Flint crossed 1,500 more crates to give her 11,000 total for three years of work — which essentially meant she had run about 6.25 miles over the water of Rockland Harbor during that time span.

She added 815 more last year to bring her four-year total to 11,815 crates, perhaps the most of any one individual ever (although Connor McGonagle and Duncan Widdecombe both crossed a bunch in their heydays).

Six years ago, Page and Flint dueled across the 6,500 crates. Darkness fell about six hours or so after the 2014 event began and officials halted the runs and declared both co-champions.

That event began at 2 p.m. and was "called" at 8 p.m. It was believed to be the longest crate race, in length of time, in history.

The end came much earlier this Sunday in the year 2019 on a glorious summer afternoon, as there was plenty of sunlight remained.

A rule for the event, which often includes entire families trying their luck at running the lobster crate gauntlet, sped up the proceedings, namely, that if a competitor fell and landed on two knees or off the crates and into the water, their run was complete. If the competitor fell on the crates and only one knee touched, they were allowed to continue.

The lighter competitors often fall on one or two knees and the crates do not sink, thus, in the past, it allowed those youngster to continue, even crawl on hands and knees, if they could.

All but a select few of the participants could master the difficult technique of running the gauntlet, from dock to dock, across 50 wooden lobster crates that tantalizingly sat on top of the water.

The feet of the fastest seemed to keep them on top of the crates and out of the water.

This year, most of the participants ultimately ended up taking a dip in the cold waters of Rockland Harbor, many shortly after their journeys began.

The task for the contestants was to jump off a slippery dock and traverse 50 lobster crates strung together and tied to another dock about 150 feet away. And repeat.

Fast feet, tremendous balance, incredible stamina and a never-quit attitude is the yearly formula for success.

Smaller, lighter in weight and tremendous quickness — combined with stamina — are the key ingredients for success on crossing the tops of the crates. That is why the older, heavier competitors struggle getting across the crates — namely, because any significant weight makes the crates sink.

The challenge always is to scamper across the string of 50 floating crates. As the official Maine Lobster Festival program states, "Lobster crate racing requires speed, quick feet, balance and, above all else, the ability to withstand a dunking in the chilly Maine waters, since most competitors do end up in the drink."

Inevitably, exhaustion takes over and the water wins.

On Sunday, as in recent years, most participants ran in socks for traction.

Six years ago, Flint and Page, who both weighed 75 pounds or less, proved, beyond a shadow of a doubt, they were heavyweights at running the crates.

And, as it turned out, only darkness could stop the athletic, fleet-of-foot youngsters from continuing their record runs and from potentially setting more impressive standards for future racers to chase.

When officials "called" off the event, Flint and Page were the new dual-record holders with an amazing 6,500 crates.

The two broke the previous record of 6,000 crates by McGonagle of Owls Head.

Several years ago, McGonagle set what was believed, at the time, an unbeatable standard with 6,000 crates, which surpassed the previous record of 4,501 by Andrew Bachiochi of Stafford Springs, Conn. in 2008.

McGonagle also brought the record for the Midcoast-created activity back to the area. Prior to Bachiochi holding the mark, the late Susan Lundquist, who grew up locally, held the mark of 3,007 for decades and Shane LeBlanc, another Midcoast native, held the record before her.

The event has been held since the mid-1970s when it got its start in Spruce Head. It was its own event before becoming part of the Maine Lobster Festival years ago.

Bachiochi set the new standard in 2008 with 4,501 crates. And he really did not fall in the water but simply stepped on the 4,501st crate and tossed himself into the ocean. At the time, Bachiochi surpassed the record of 3,007 set in the 1980s by Lundquist.

Now Flint and Page share the mark with an impressive, eye-popping 6,500 crates.