Belfast Rotary's eighth annual "Kilted Canter" took place virtually on Saturday, July 18.

The event, one of six in the RunBelfast Race Series, usually is part of the annual Celtic Celebration held in the city. However, this year, due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, runners completed a mile, five miles, or 5- and 10-kilometer options wherever they could do so safely.

Some took to the 3.1-mile "Kilted Canter" course in Belfast, while other ran the Rail Trail/Harbor Walk, or routes near their homes.

Matt Koskela, 40, of Belfast finished first in the 5K event with a time of 27:10.

Elissa Koskela, 39, of Belfast was the first female finisher, and second overall, in the 5K at 28:21.

There also were one-mile, five-mile and 10K distance options available for runners or walkers.

Shawn Rumery, 34, of Searsmont completed the one-mile run in a time of 5:07. He ran on the Belfast Area High School outdoor track.

John Pendergast, 47, of Camden finished the 10K distance in 47:00.

Glenn Montgomery, 72, of Belfast completed the five miles in 55:55.

The 5K results were: 1, Matt Koskela, 40, Belfast, 27:10; 2, Elissa Koskela, 39, Belfast, 28:21; 3, Mara Gallagher, 34, Belfast, 29:55; 4, Paula Herron, 63, Northport, 31:23; 5, Ed Varney, 60, Belfast, 33:08; 6, Faith Boyton, 38, Belfast, 39:22; 7, Leonard Kalinowski, 75, Belfast, 41:08; 8, Diane Davis, 50, Randolph, 42:12; 9, Lori Thayer, 50, Belfast, 43:62; and 10, Jill Goodwin, 66, Belfast, 49:06

Participants can register for individual races or sign-up for the series so they have something to strive for, said Kathy Young of RunBelfast 2020. "They can set their own distance as well if they want to run more, or get more fit as the summer progresses."

Young said a handful of organizations provide important services and support for Waldo County and RunBelfast organizers hope all will participate in the races/walks with that in mind.

The Rollie’s "Run for Kids" on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 8:30 a.m. on the Belfast Rail Trail remains an in-person event.

"RunBelfast sincerely hopes that everyone can all come together by then to enjoy a morning on the Rail Trail," Young said. "Watch for updates through the summer. Until then, consider registering on for the series or any of the individual races."

The remaining RunBelfast 2020 race series includes:

Belfast Rotary's "Bug Run" 5K, Saturday, Aug. 15.

Waldo County YMCA's "Pancake Triple Stack," Saturday, Sept. 19.

Rollie’s "Run for Kids" 5K, Saturday, Oct. 3.

The RunBelfast 2020 series is supported by Damariscotta Bank & Trust, with endorsement from the Belfast parks and recreation department.

For more information, call Young at 236-7091 or email

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