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Rumery, Buckley fastest in 'Paces For PAWS' 5K

Participants also enjoy one- and five-mile options, 10K distance
By Staff | Jun 24, 2020

Belfast — Runners and walkers, from the comfort of their homes on a treadmill or on the streets at a safe distance from others, came together on Saturday, June 20 for the cause of PAWS as a couple of Searsmont residents led the way.

The third annual Paces For Paws went virtual with RunBelfast 2020. The event raised money to support P.A.W.S. animal shelter.

Shawn Rumery, 34, of Searsmont finished first in the 5K event with a time of 18:15.

Katie Buckley, 41, of Searsmont was the first female finisher, and second overall, in the 5K with a time of 25:36.

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

Megan Day, 36, of Belmont finished the mile option in 14 minutes.

Jasmine Fowler, 41, of Morrill finished the 10K option with a time of 43:24, while John Prendergast, 47, of Camden ran the distance with his mixed border collie, Bear, in 49:10.

Glenn Montgomery, 72, of Belfast completed the five miles in 53:31.

The 5K results were: 1, Shawn Rumery, 34, Searsmont, 18:15; 2, Katie Buckley, 41, Searsmont, 25:36; 3, Mara Gallagher, 34, Belfast, 30:56; 4, Frances Zopp, 48, Austin, Tx., 31:47; 5, Lori Thayer, 50, Belfast, 34:56; 6, Faith Boynton, 38, Belfast, 36:48; 7, Elissa Koskela, 39, Belfast, 38:27; 8, Matt Koskela, 40, Belfast, 38:22; and 9, Kirk Soule, 57, Hampden, 39:12.

Participants can register for individual races or sign-up for the entire 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 "Kilted Canter" 5K, Saturday, July 18.

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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