Celebration for official opening

Howes, Tooley fastest trains down track in Rail Trail 5K

By Staff | Jun 05, 2017

Belfast — Coastal Mountains Land Trust hosted a Rail Trail 5-kilometer fun run/walk/roll along the  new Belfast Rail Trail on Saturday, June 3.

Ryan Howes of Belfast was first finisher in 17:40, while Jala Tooley of Camden was the first female to cross the 3.1-mile course in 21:21

The event was on National Trails Day.

The age-group winners included: Finn Urey, Rockport, 22:33, and Bixby Gaseidnes, Belfast, 25:45, 14 and younger; Jesse Snider, Belfast, 23:49, 15-19; Willis Shibles, Troy, 30:48, and Eliza Winter-Potter, Lincolnville, 26:29, 20-29; Kurt Steiner, Camden, 19:21, and Kali McCarthy, Belfast, 22:32, 30-39; Jon McDevitt, Camden, 22:40, and Susan Cooney, Belfast, 24:55, 40-49; Adam Barnard, Belfast, 22:51, and Emily McDevitt, Camden, 23:33, 50-59; Doug Blasius, Belfast, 24:52, and Carol Kuhn, Northport, 36:01, 60-69;  and Peter Peterson, Swanville, 40:52, and Loisa Dunlap, Belfast, 33:51, 70-79.

Leonard Kalinowski of the Belfast Rotary said the event attracted 130 registrants, including a number of families, parents with strollers and runners accompanied by dogs.

There also was a ribbon cutting at the start to acknowledge it as the official opening of the Rail Trail for the Belfast.

Overall male (Howes) and female (Tooley) finishers were awarded an engraved plaque with an authentic rail spike attached, while age-group winners, male and female, received authentic engraved wood train whistles.

All participants received a goodie bag and neckerchief printed with the Belfast Rail Trail map.

The event was sponsored by Bank of America, which also provided volunteers. The race/walk/roll was organized by Coastal Mountains Land Trust with support from the City of Belfast and volunteers from the Waldo County YMCA and Belfast Rotary.

Goodie bag items were provided by Wild Cow Creamery, Three Tides, Hannaford and Belfast Co-op.

For more information, go to the Coastal Mountains Land Trust website at coastalmountains.org, or call 236-7091.

Courier Publications’ sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

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