Road racing

Homich, Quehl fastest cool runners in Chester Frozen 5K

Fourth annual event benefits amyotrophic lateral sclerosis charity
By Ken Waltz | Dec 02, 2012

Northport — It was cold and the snow swirled at the mountainous Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center Saturday morning, Dec. 1, which were perfect conditions for the fourth annual Thomas F. Chester Frozen 5-kilometer road race/walk.

The event, this year in 25-degree temperatures and snow flurries, attracted 53 participants and is held in conjunction with the annual Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce Christmas by the Sea weekend.

Matt Homich, 24, of Ellsworth finished the tough 3.1-mile course first in 20:37, with a 6:39 per mile pace. David Root, 43, of Hope placed second at 21:18. Jennifer Quehl, 44, of Searsmont was the first female finisher, crossing in 24:37, for eighth overall.

The course started at the bottom of the mountain and wound through the resort complex to the summit before it turned and headed back to the base of the resort.

More than 50 runners also participated last year. West Bay Rotary Club of Camden was the event organizer. The race, in memory of Thomas F. Chester, benefits Augie’s Quest, which is an ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) charity. A runner in high school, “Big Tom” lost his battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in June of 2009.

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, eventually leading to death. There is no cure for the disease and there is no recovery from it.

The individual 5K race/walk results, with a runner's place, name, age, town of residence and time listed, were: 1, Homich, 24, Ellsworth, 20:37; 2, Root, 43, Hope, 21:18; 3, Jake Feener, 24, Lincolnville, 21:51; 4, Peter Keeney, 46, Bar Harbor, 21:51; 5, Mike Pierce, 43, Camden, 23:08; 6, Walter Leach, 20, Merrill, 23:41; 7, Richard Pertchel, 33, Palermo, 24:25; 8, Quehl, 44, Searsmont, 24:37; 9, Joshua Moore, 41, Camden, 26:00; 10, David Flint, 14, Rockport, 26:15; 11, Annika Rogers, 13, Islesboro, 26:15; 12, Jeff Boston, 38, Lincolnville, 26:16; 13, Susie Shapiro-Laidl, 36, Camden, 26:23; 14, Chris Roman, 40, Rockland, 26:27; 15, Dylan Guay, 24, Montville, 26:35; 16, Heather Tetreault, 23, Waterville, 26:36; 17, Peter Horch, 34, Thomaston, 26:52; 18, Doug Blasius, 59, Belfast, 27:26; 19, Allison Leonard, 39, Thomaston, 27:36; 20, Ron Hise, 42, Lincolnville, 28:25; 21, Mary Smith, 46, Cushing, 28:38; 22, Chris Richmond, 46, Camden, 29:01; 23, Rob Cobleigh, 21, South Portland, 29:12; 24, Kate Pierce, 41, Camden, 29:42; and 25, Robyn Thibodeau, 48, Belfast, 30:36.

Additionally, 26, J.P. Morin, 57, Camden, 31:21; 27 Sandy Welte, 57, Camden, 31:29; 28, Becky Johnson, 42, Lincolnville, 31:54; 29, Morgan Cuthbert, 36, Freeport, 32:35; 30, Kelly Hall, 43, Owls Head, 33:03; 31, Libby Healy, 43, Thorndike, 33:09; 32, Ben Sawyer, 35, Belfast, 33:24; 33, Austin Chilles, 8, Rockland, 33:49; 34, Diamond Feener, 33, Belmont, 33:58; 35, Christina Cuthbert, 32, Freeport, 34:20; 36, Ryan Harmon, 38, Palermo 35:10; 37, Cari-Anne Higgins, 40, Dedham, 35:18; 38, Daniel Bourlas, 50, Rockport, 35:29; 39, Mandie Sawyer, 32, Belfast, 36:03; 40, Jamie Chilles, 42, Rockland, 36:40; 41, Nichole McClure, 26, Bucksport, 36:42; 42, Davis Harriman, 64, Portland, 36:48; 43, Jacob Morse, 22, Northport, 37:19; 44, William Feener, 42, Belmont, 37:51; 45, Tommy Williams, 30, Waldoboro, 38:13; 46, Meredith Williams, 28, Waldoboro, 38:14; 47, Alex Cohen, 39, Lincolnville, 38:55; 48, Merilyn Gray, 49 Rockland, 38:59; 49, Dave Bassett, 59, Brockton, Mass., 41:55; 50, Barb Ohland, 54, Camden, 43:25; 51, Sarah McLean, 38, Camden, 44:05; 52, Deborah Matthews, 61, Plymouth, Mass., 45:14; and 53, John Strassenreiter, 67, Westbury, N.Y., 54:25.

Courier Publications sports staff can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by email at sports@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Midcoast Homes | Dec 02, 2012 21:32

Great job everyone!!



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