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Sweltering summer sweat: Hot as firecracker in traditional Thomaston 5K

Harrison proves youngsters can rule road as 14-year-old first, Drago second, Harris first female
By Ken Waltz | Jul 05, 2018
Photo by: Ken Waltz Avery Burnham, 9, is happy to see the finish line on July 4 in the annual Thomaston "Fireracker" 5-kilometer road race. Sweltering conditions tested more than 135 runners and walkers.

Thomaston — It was as hot as a firecracker on Wednesday morning, July 4 and to celebrate Independence Day a 14-year-old used his strong legs and quick feet to display impressive fireworks of his own.

In humid, somewhat oppressive, near-90-degree heat, 136 runners and walkers made the arduous 3.1-mile journey up-and-down Beechwood Street to start their Fourth of July celebration on the right, and certainly sweaty, foot.

And in the traditional "Firecracker" race that included perennial Midcoast 5K race winner — often by large margins of victory — in Keith Drago, 31, of Rockport, the end result seemed predictable. Then it was not.

Rheinhardt Harrison, 14, of Ponte Vedra, Fla. held off Drago to finish first in the large field. Harrison finished in 17:30.10, with a 5:39 per-mile pace, while Drago was second at 17:49.09, with a 5:45 mile pace.

Those two talented runners essentially smoked the field, appropriately enough on a sweltering day, as the third-place finisher, Emily Harris, 21, of Manchester, was the first female to cross the course in third at 20:00.32 in a 6:27 mile pace.

Watch video, and see more photos, below.

There also was a children's one-mile fun run, which included 37 hardy youngsters. Dylan Benner finished first in 5:31 and Chandler Robertson second at 5:36. Allison Lakin was the first girl to finish, as she was third overall in 6:17.

Most runners and walkers enjoyed the traditional respite by standing in or running through the water spray from a fire hose at the finish.

Two of the runners, Steve Cartwright and Theresa Withee, completed the course barefoot, something they do often for races, even longer distance treks.

The event is a town tradition and hosted by the Thomaston Recreation Department.

The individual 5K results, with place, name, age, town of residence and time listed, included: 1, Rheinhardt Harrison, 14, Ponte Vedra, Fla., 17:30; 2, Keith Drago, 31, Rockport, 17:49; 3, Emily Harris, 21, Manchester, 20:00.32; 4, Christian Jenkins, 48, Cincinnati, Ohio, 20:00.64; 5, Nate Larlee, 43, Northport, 20:08; 6, McLean Clark, 15, St. Augustine, Fla., 20:44; 7, Wilson Harrigan, 17, Lexington, 20:47; 8, Eliza Broughton, 18, Ellsworth, 20:51; 9, Matthew Lakin, 13, Reading, 20:56; 10, Cody Poland, 25, Yarmouth, 21:02; 11, Mark Pagnano, 53, Chatfield, 21:16; 12, Curtis Kozielec, 45, Hope, 21:17; 13, Connor Phelan, 13, Rockland, 21:35; 14, Andrea Giddings, 33, Belfast, 21:40; 15, Tucker Colvin, 28, Thomaston, 22:04; 16, Jala Tooley, 39, Camden, 22:07; 17, Tyler Fish, 28, Friendship, 22:20; 18, Jared Todd, 45, Rockport, 22:37; 19, Juan Meneses, 31, Walpole, 22:38; 20, Steve Cartwright, 66, Tenants Harbor, 22:38; 21, Robert Powell Jr., 25, Westwood, 22:45; 22, Theresa Withee, 51, Hope, 22:53; 23, Tyler Bowman, 17, Washington, 22:58; 24, Serena Blasius, 16, Friendship, 22:58; 25, Adam Kohlstrom, 42, Camden, 23:00; 26, Michael Cummons, 58, Lincolnville, 23:01; 27, Elena Bertocci, 31, Thomaston, 23:04; 28, Kim DeMado, 56, Portland, 23:13; 29, Chris Huffstutter, 38, Ashville, N.C., 23:15; 30, Mike Blood, 41, Rockport, 23:38; 31, Scott Harris, 55, Manchester, 23:41.04; 32, Peter Lakin, 50, Reading, 23:41.27; 33, Hunter Grindle, 22, Rockport, 23:41.69; 34, Ben Poland, 16, Cushing, 23:45; 35, Elizabeth Cummons, 20, Lincolnville, 23:46; 36, Katie Miller, 29, Brighton, 23:47; 37, Matthew Norton, 30, Nobleboro, 23:50; 38, Wayne Fuchs, 36, Crestview, Fla., 23:56; 39, Raechelle Haynes, 33, Thomaston, 24:14; 40, Miles Bracy, 15, Damariscotta, 24:18; 41, Lloyd Bracey, 51, Damariscotta, 24:18; 42, Jaden Johnson, 12, Lincolnville, 24:44; 43, Greg Unfricht, 48, Freeport, 24:57; 44, Jim Rothbauer, 48, Lexington, 24:58; 45, Melanie Corwin, 27, Thomaston, 25:00; 46, Lisa Meehan, 54, East Greenwich, 25:02; 47, Jim Vigeant, 54, Rochester, 25:09; 48, Dale Turner, 62, Waldoboro, 25:30; 49 Sarah Robertson, 35, Warren, 25:43; and 50, Jill-Ann Sullivan, 52, Thomaston, 25:44.

Also, 51, Isabel Danforth, 14, Owls Head, 25:49; 52, Erin Henry, 38, Frisco, Texas, 25:59; 53, Ian Rothbauer, 16, Lexington, 26:16; 54, Andrew Bonarrigo, 47, Rockland, 26:33; 55, Jennifer Delano, 49, Friendship, 26:47; 56, Max Johnson, 16, Lexington, 26:49; 57, Linda Pagnano, 52, Chatfield, 26:51; 58, Lena Faber, 60, Thomaston, 26:55; 59, Max Davis, 16, Stoneham, 27:03; 60, Tara LaFlamme, 36, Brunswick, 27:27; 61, Mark Barbour, 60, Waldoboro, 27:32; 62, Kelly Hall, 49, Owls Head, 27:49; 63, Rachelle Hayes, 56, Massena, N.Y., 28:05; 64, Rich Scheffe, 66, St. George, 28:05; 65, Maura Withington, 28, West Palm Beach, Fla., 28:26; 66, Laura Buxbaum, 59, Waldoboro, 28:40; 67, Blake Shelley, 15, Berrien Springs, Mich., 28:59; 68, Kasey Leidenroth, 29, Washington, 28:59; 69, Will Colvin, 40, Thomaston, 29:24.26; 70, Kelly Colvin, 39, Thomaston, 29:24.42; 71, Jeff Eaton, 64, Washington, 29:28; 72, Logan Henry, 9, Frisco, Texas, 29:47; 73, Scott Davis, 48, Nobleboro, 29:48; 74, Elaine Crump, 56, Valparaiso, Ind., 29:53; 75, Kristy Hastings, 32, Waldoboro, 30:05; 76, Wyatt Bracy, 13, Damariscotta, 30:21; 77, Dan Donahue, 62, Groveland, Calif., 30:54.06; 78, Jake Donahue, 24, Groveland, Calif., 30:54.61; 79, Jacob Morse, 28, Thomaston, 31:06; 80, Beth Wilkag, 45, Thomaston, 31:14; 81, Melinda Jameson, 34, East Ridge, 31:44; 82, Rebecca Wylie, 43, Nobleboro, 32:15.72; 83, Randall Joubert, 44, Nobleboro, 32:15.78; 84, Karl Rasche, 65, Waldoboro, 32:28; 85, Lindsey O’Hara, 35, Hope, 32:34; 86, Jennifer Simmons, 57, Cushing, 32:49; 87, Allison Leonard, 45, Tenants Harbor, 32:49; 88, Maren Johnson, 9, Lincolnville, 32:54; 89, Dionis Phelan, 9, Rockland, 33:01; 90, Megan Phelan, 39, Rockland, 33:02; 91, Conor Glaiser, 12, Nobleboro, 33:18; 92, Mike Phillips, 45, Waldoboro, 33:22; 93, Holly Vanorse Spicer, 34, Thomaston, 33:24; 94, Erin Cantelmo, 29, Jupiter, Fla., 33:25; 95, Skylar Prior, 16, Thomaston, 33:54; 96, Christina Iovanna, 36, Elliot, 33:58; 97, Katrina Pound, 38, Rockport, 34:09; 98, Adam Pagnano, 14, Chatfield, 34:14; 99, Monica Tilley, 27, Friendship, 34:19; and 100, June Gallant, 67, Nobleboro, 34:23.

Additionally, 101, Rhiannon Gould, 15, Washington, 34:40; 102, Sajju George, 47, Thomaston, 35:05; 103, Logan George, 14, Thomaston, 35:08; 104, Pete Pittman, 71, Tenants Harbor, 35:28; 105, Art Warren, 83, Camden, 35:36; 106, Anthony Gentile, 32, Milford, Conn., 35:37; 107, Noah Gentile, 6, Milford, Conn., 35:38; 108, Drew Tilley, 30, Friendship, 35:51; 109, Pete O’Brien, 48, South Thomaston, 35:53; 110, Lee Holden-Mount, 41, Durham, N.C., 35:56; 111, Jane Merrill, 56, Camden, 36:35; 112, Mike Jamieson, 52, Sykesville, Md., 36:43.34; 113, Deborah Jamieson, 58, Eldersburg, Md., 36:43.87; 114, Liz Walker, 34, Boston, Mass., 37:34; 115, Mike Goldberg, 34, Pembroke, N.C., 37:35; 116, Avery Burnham, 9, Fairfield, 37:57; 117, Ian Doreian, 39, Philadelphia, Pa., 38:05; 118, Elise Doreian, 9, Philadelphia, Pa., 38:06; 119, Andra Horsch, 52, Fairfield, Conn., 38:07.14; 120, Cam Burnham, 52, Fairfield, Conn., 38:07.45; 121, Johnny Kosnow, 63, Waldoboro, 39:03; 122, Paige Gammon, 15, Warren, 39:14; 123, Laura Boutin, 16, Cushing, 39:16; 124, Jordan Jacobi, 13, Ann Arbor, Mich., 40:09.39; 125, David Jacobi, 59, Ann Arbor, Mich., 40:09.92; 126, Benie George, 47, Thomaston, 40:16.38; 127, Elizabeth Colvin, 50, Thomaston, 40:16.78; 128, Alyssa Chandler, 16, Warren, 40:40; 129, Amy Shepard, 32, South Thomaston, 40:46; 130, Rebekah Hodgson, 28, Thomaston, 42:47; 131, Paul McFarland, 74, Lincolnville, 43:36; 132, Terry Nelson, 51, South Thomaston, 43:40; 133, Connor Fredette, 7, Lutz, Fla., 44:23; 134, Ellen Fredette, 38, Lutz, Fla., 45:24; and 135, Ellen Spring, 65, Thomaston, 52:24.

There was one more participant in the event but his name and final time was not recorded.

The individual results for the children's one-mile fun run were: 1, Dylan Benner, 5:31; 2, Chandler Robertson, 5:36; 3, Finnegan Calderwood, 6:10; 4, Alison Lakin, 6:17; 5, Mason Henry, 6:46; 6, Wyatt Robertson, 6:49; 7, Travis Robertson, 6:51; 8, Josiah Danforth, 6:52; 9, Eli Haynes, 7:03; 10, Caleb Danforth, 7:04; 11, Alex Todd, 7:15; 12, Zachary Mason, 7:49; 13, Dominic Todd, 7:55; 14, Morgan Henry, 7:59; 15, Garrett Robertson, 8:12; 16, Hayley Chandler, 9:04; 17, Oak Larlee, 9:10; 18, Falicity Jackson, 10:01; 19, Myles McMahon, 10:12; 20, Finn Eddy, 16:00; 21, Gabrielle Jacobi, 10:46; 22, Charlotte Goldberg, 11:18; 23, Robert Hastings, 11:28; 24, Iris Larlee, 11:29; 25, Ella Turgeon, 11:33; 26, Zavier Mason, 12:33; 27, Anderson Harris, 12:38; 28, Aria Anderson, 12:41; 29, Remy Larlamme, 12:56; 30, Maya Blood, 13:10, 31, Swayzee Prior, 14:47; 32, Will Goldberg, 15:20; 33, Isla Anderson, 15:27; 34, 13:10,34, Clancy Colderwood, 17:12; 35, Emma Robertson, 17:45; 36, Lily Faulkner, 18:02; and 37, Sara Fish, 18:03.

The ages and residences of the children were unavailable.

Thomaston Fourth of July 'Firecracker' 5K
Thomaston Fourth of July 'Firecracker' 5-kilometer road race. (Video by: Ken Waltz and Zack Miller)
From left, Will Goldberg, Charlotte Goldberg and Iris Larlee. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Robert Hastings, left, and Myles McMahon, among another. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Alison Lakin. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Swayze Prior. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Iris Larlee, Felicity Jackson, Robert Hastings, left, and Myles McMahon, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Felicity Jackson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Children line up for the one-mile fun run. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Children line up for the one-mile fun run. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Children line up for the one-mile fun run. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Laura Boutin. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Dylan Benner, left, and Chandler Robertson neck-and-neck down the stretch. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Dylan Benner, left, and Chandler Robertson neck-and-neck down the stretch. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Finnegan Calderwood. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Finnegan Calderwood. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Finnegan Calderwood. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Alison Lakin. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mason Henry, front, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Wyatt Robertson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Caleb Danforth. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Alex Todd. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Zachary Mason. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Dominic Todd. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Morgan Henry. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Garrett Robertson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oak Larlee. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oak Larlee, right. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Haylee Chandler. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Felicity Jackson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Myles McMahon. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Finn Eddy. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Sara Fish. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Iris Larlee. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Gabrielle Jacobi. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Charlotte Goldberg. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Charlotte Goldberg. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Robert Hastings. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Zavier Mason, left, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Anderson Harris. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Remy Laflamme. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
A little girl on the course. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
A youngster enjoys the water spray from the fire hose. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Myles McMahon. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Lily Faulkner. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
The water spray from the fire hose is a popular play on a hot day. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Aria Anderson, left, and Zavier Mason. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Zavier Mason. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Aria Anderson, left, and Zavier Mason. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Clancy Calderwood. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Enjoying an impromptu race on the course. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Fire hose water spraying fun. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Rheinhardt Harrison, the first-place finisher in the 5K race. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Rheinhardt Harrison. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Keith Drago. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Emily Harris, left, and Christian Jenkins. Harris is the first female finisher. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Emily Harris. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Nate Larlee. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
McLean Clark, left, and Wilson Harrigan, among others at left. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
McLean Clark, left, and Wilson Harrigan. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Eliza Broughton. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Matthew Lakin. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Cody Poland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mark Pagnano, left, and Curtis Kozielec. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Andrea Giddings. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Connor Phelan. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Connor Phelan. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Tucker Colvin, left, and Jala Tooley. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Tyler Fish. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Steve Cartwright, middle, Jared Todd, left, and Juan Meneses. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Jared Todd. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Juan Meneses. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Theresa Withee, front, Tyler Bowman, right, and Serena Blasius, left, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Theresa Withee, front, Tyler Bowman, right, and Serena Blasius, left, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Elena Bertocci. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Hunter Grindle. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Katie Miller, middle, and Elizabeth Cummons, right, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Elizabeth Cummons. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Elizabeth Cummons. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Rachelle Haynes, left. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Miles Bracy, left, Lloyd Bracy. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Jaden Johnson, left. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Jaden Johnson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Melanie Corwin, Greg Unfricht, Lisa Meehan and Jim Rothbauer. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Jill-Ann Sullivan, left, and Sarah Robertson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Isabel Danforth. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Ian Rothbauer. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Andrew Bonarrigo. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Max Davis. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Tara LaFlamme. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Kelly Hall. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Rich Scheffe. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Maura Withington. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Will Colvin, left, and Kelly Colvin. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Jeff Eaton. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Wyatt Bracy. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Randall Joubert, left, and Rebecca Wylie. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Lindsey O'Hara. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Maren Johnson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Dionis Phelan. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Skylar Prior. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Christina Iovanna. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Sajju George, left, and Logan George. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Sajju George. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Art Warren, Anthony Gentile and Noah Gentile. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Noah Gentile. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Lee Holden-Mount, left, and supporter. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Liz Walker, left, and Mike Goldberg. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Avery Burnham. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Avery Burnham. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Avery Burnham. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Elise Doreian, front. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Johnny Kosnow, right, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Jordan Jacobi, left, and David Jacobi, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Jordan Jacobi, left, and David Jacobi, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Jordan Jacobi, left, and David Jacobi, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Jordan Jacobi, left, and David Jacobi, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Elizabeth Colvin, left, and Benie George. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Will Goldberg, left, Charlotte Goldberg. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Alyssa Chandler. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Amy Shepard, back, and two young riders. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Rebekah Hodgson, back, and a young rider. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
A youngster enjoys water after the run. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Logan Henry. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Paul McFarland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Paul McFarland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
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Ken Waltz has been a media member 35 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He has an associate degree in law enforcement and studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon, who lives in North Carolina with his wife, Hannah, and daughter, Audrey Josephine. Ken loves to golf, ride his motorcycle, exercise at the YMCA and follow his beloved Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins. He also has had a lifelong passion for the mysterious and all things paranormal/cryptozoological.

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