A handful of runners and walkers participated in the virtual 11th annual Belfast Rotary-sponsored "Bug" runs on Saturday, Aug. 22 as part of the RunBelfast Race Series.

Eleven people registered to run or walk virtually, as eight turned in times for the 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) or one-mile distances.

Participants made treks across the Belfast Rail Trail, city streets, Waldo County YMCA indoor track and one in San Pedro, Calif.

The fastest 5K time was turned in by Shawn Rumery, 34, of Searsmont, who crossed the Rail Trail course in 23 minutes and 38 seconds. He has finished first in many of the 2020 RunBelfast events.

The results for the "Bug" 5K portion were: 1, Shawn Rumery, 34, Searsmont, 23:38; 2, Matt Koskela, 40, Belfast, 27:40; 3, Elisa Koskela, 39, Belfast, 23:36; 4, Faith Boynton, 38, Belfast, 33:20; 5, Paula Herron, 63, Northport, 32:28; 7, Mara Gallagher, 34, Belfast, 33:36; 8, Leonard Kalinowski, 75, Belfast, 41:23; and 9, Rebekah Harings, 39, Belfast, 49:34.

The participants in the "Bug" one-mile event were: Larissa Giordano, 43, Southington, Conn.; and John Gowel, 43, Fairfax Station, Va. (time unavailable).

The event, one of six in the RunBelfast series, usually is part of the annual Harbor Fest, which was not held this year due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

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 RunBelfast.org for the series or any of the individual races."

The remaining RunBelfast 2020 race series includes:

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 run.belfast@gmail.com.

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