BELFAST — Since her youth, Emily Jolliffe has proven to be a talented all-around athlete and consistently demonstrated that at Belfast Area High School. Well, that trend continued as a young adult, in paddle races and other activities, and specifically on Saturday, June 18 when she outlegged a field of 39 participants to finish first in the fifth annual PAWS 5-kilometer event, the first of five races in the 2022 RunBelfast Series.

Jolliffe, 22, of Searsmont finished first over the 3.1-mile Rail Trail course in 20 minutes and 23 seconds. She outdistanced runner-up and the event’s first male, Sean James, 45, of Northport, who finished in 20:35.

It proved an enjoyable, comfortable morning for participants and volunteers. There also were a number of dogs who trekked across the course, and none of the canines seemed out of breath at the end, which was not always the case for their owners, said Leonard Kalinowski, annually involved in the series.

The event raised money for PAWS Adoption Center, which provides shelter, food and medical care to displaced or at-risk dogs and cats in the Midcoast.

For more information on the run/walk series, go to runbelfast.org/.

The RunBelfast series, in its fifth season, also has the support of the Belfast Parks and Recreation Department.

Established in 1974, the mission of PAWS Animal Adoption Center “is to provide care for homeless dogs and cats until they can be placed in permanent, responsible homes, while promoting humane values in our community through outreach and educational programs.”

To learn more, visit PAWSadoption.org.

The following is the remaining RunBelfast Series schedule: Belfast Rotary’s “Kilted Canter” 5K, Saturday, July 23; Belfast Rotary’s “Bug Run” 5K, Saturday, Aug. 20; Waldo County YMCA, Saturday, Sept. 24; and Lions'”Ghostly Gallop” 5K, in October.

The “Kilted Canter,” during Celtic Festival weekend, and Lions’ “Ghostly Gallop” will be staged at Belfast Area High School with courses that wind through scenic neighborhoods. The “Bug Run,” during Harbor Fest, offers a fairly flat course that includes a few gentle hills, shaded neighborhoods, stretch along the waterfront, and the Armistice Foot Bridge across the Passagassawakeag River. The YMCA run will utilize the cross-country trails at Troy Howard Middle School.

The individual results for the PAWS 5K event were: 1, Emily Jolliffe, 22, Searsmont, 20:23; 2, Sean James, 45, Northport, 20:35; 3, Jeremy Gage, 48, Thorndike, 21:11; 4, Caitlin May, 34, Belfast, 22:19; 5, Bill Bruschi, 39, town unavailable, 22:48; 6, Katie Buckley, 43, Searsmont, 22:55; 7, Amy Nyberg, 46, Castine, 25:02; 8, Mike Madell, 63, Mount Desert Island, 26:00; 9, Brianne Robertson, 28, Brewer, 26:01; 10, Steven Robertson, 30, Brewer, 26:08; 11, Thomas Stott, 48, Aurora, 26:30; 12, Hazel Badgett, 10, Belfast, 28:20; 13, Patrick McManus, 48, Warren, 29:08; 14, Caitlin Gusk, 28, Orono, 29:48; 15, Juliana King, 61, Belfast, 30:12; 16, Paula Herron, 65, Merritt Isle, Fla., 30:47; 17, Allison Whiting, 33, Swanville, 31:01; 18, Kris Smit, 48, Rockland, 32:20; 19, Susana DeFrank, 25, Machias, 32:50; 20, Jessica Lindsay, 23, Machiasport, 32:54; 21, John Burns, 63, Camden, 34:09; 22, Jackie Perkins, 35, Albion, 34:35; 23, Kristian Jackson, 46, Princeton, 34:40; 24, Glenn Montgomery, 74, Belfast, 35:46; 25, Kirk Longford, 62, Castine, 35:58; 26, Andrea Benson, 52, Camden, 36:23; 27, Roger Smith, 38, Searsport, 36:30; 28, Joshua Leach, 37, Belfast, 40:39; 29, Samantha Robinson, 32, Morrill, 42:44; 30, Kaitlin Berten, 31, Knox, 44:22; 31, Kristen Welch, 36, Vienna, 44:22; 32, Eva Perkins, 3, town unavailable, 48:10; 33, Rafael Soto, 29, Albion, 48:10; 34, Fidel Perkins, 5, no town given, 48:10; 35, Molly McEwen, 46, Knox, 51:14; 36, Torrie Sprague, 55, Northport, 51:15; 37, Shannon Sawyer, 50, Lake City, Fla., 53:39; 38, Henrietta Beaufait, 69, Albion, 54:04; and 39, Stephen J. Hemenway, 66, town unavailable, 59:20.

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