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RunBelfast race series finishes with 'Rollie's' 5K

Pandemic ruled out in-person events, but runners/walkers proved consistent throughout season
By Staff | Oct 14, 2020
Courtesy of: RunBelfast Shawn Rumery participates, with his family, in the RunBelfast series "Bug" run in August on the Belfast Rail Trail. “The whole family was involved, with my wife joining for the first two miles of the 5K and my son joining for the full distance via stroller," Rumery said.

Belfast — The final RunBelfast 2020 Race Series event, Rollie’s “Run for Kids” 5-kilometer, took place, virtually, on Saturday, Oct. 3.

The race, due to COVID-19, was a 3.1-mile run, or walk, that could be done wherever participants could complete it safely. The event was held in support of Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Jon Sanderson of Belfast was the overall first-place finisher with a time of 20:03.

Katie Buckley of Searsmont was the first female finisher, and second overall in 20:27.

The individual 5K results were: Jon Sanderson, Belfast, 20:03; Katie Buckley, Searmont, 20:27; Krystine Sanderson, Belfast 26:51; Wyatt Cram, Garland, 27:42; Matt Koskela, Belfast, 27:57; Greg Crispell, Garland, 29:31; Mara Gallagher, Belfast, 31:30; Elissa Koskela, Belfast, 31:44; Paula Herron, Northport, 32:01; Faith Boynton, Belfast, 33:20; Rebekah Harings, Belfast, 35:43; Diane Davis, Randolph, 42:29; and Leonard Kalinowski, Belfast, 49:43.

RunBelfast concluded its third season with significantly fewer participants than in the previous years but persevered in the world of virtual experiences, said Kathy Young of the race series.

There were 11 individuals who enrolled for the series and stuck with the series. When those runners sent in their times, often they would share where they had run as well.

Damariscotta, Auburn, Bayside, and the always popular Belfast Rail Trail, were some of the locations. One participant completed each of the races on their treadmill, Young said.

RunBelfast organizers said they were impressed with the tenacity and determination of all. Another participant submitted his "race" time as the time he submitted for his virtual Boston Marathon. He was inspirational, said Young.

One of the pluses for virtual events is the on-site organizer of each event in the RunBelfast series, volunteer director Leonard Kalinowski, was able to run each race.

Sponsors for the six events included: Coastal Mountains Land Trust, June 1; PAWS, June 22; Belfast Rotary July 20 and Aug 17; Waldo County YMCA, Sept. 19; and Rollie’s Run for Kids (Shriners Hospital), Oct 3.

Young said the events encouraged participation, wellness, and fun — Belfast is a great host for running events and Norm Poirier of Belfast Parks & Recreation has been a loyal supporter of RunBelfast.

Series sponsor was Damariscotta Bank & Trust.

For more information, call Young at 236-7091.

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