Leach, Moitoso fastest in tough Washington 5-Kilometer ChallengeHynd, Pfirrmann race neck-and-neck in children's mile run
Washington — Although small-town Maine running races may not attract the number of participants the larger towns do, they still offer those who take part in them an opportunity to compete, push themselves physically and have fun while doing something healthy for their bodies.
Such was the case in Washington on Saturday, Aug. 3 when 23 runners — including 20 for the the tough 3.1-mile course — showed up to run the Washington 5-Kilometer Challenge and one-mile fun run.
Many of the runners of the hilly 5K race, considered one of the most challenging in the Midcoast for its rugged terrain, would attest that the race is appropriately named.
Cameron Leach, 14, of Warren crossed the finish line first with a time of 23 minutes and 25 seconds, followed by Tommy Moitoso, 30, of Searsmont, who completed the course in 24:00.
In the female division, Megan Moitoso, 30, of Searsmont was the winner with a time of 28:25.
The race began and ended at Prescott School.
The one-mile fun run may have been even more competitive than the 5K race, despite having only three children compete. Issak Hynd of Warren and Po Pfirrmann of Union, ages 9 and 8 respectively, raced neck to neck up the last hill heading for the finish line, crossing in a dead heat with a time of 8:29.
Ellery Micklich, 8, of Union took second in 11:11.
Overall winners and age-group winners received medals and every runner received a gold-and-red t-shirt designed by Rhoda Gamage of Union. After the awards were presented, numbers were drawn for the raffle.
There were prizes of homemade cookies, blueberry pies, loaves of zucchini bread, free-range eggs, sausage from Washington-grown hogs, and gift certificates from local merchants.
The event was organized by the Washington recreation committee, which thanks the volunteers who helped make the race a success. Money raised from entry fees will benefit the Washington Scholarship Fund, which provides financial aid to Washington students going on to college.
The individual 5K results were: 1, Cameron Leach, 14, 23:25; 2, Tommy Moitoso, 30, 24:00; 3, Jim Pfirrmann, 50, 24:56; 4, John Leach, 41, 25:22; 5, Megan Moitoso, 33, 28:25; 6, Riley Micklich, 11, 29:09; 7, Patricia Leach, 41, 29:30; 8, Ethan Frank, 12, 30:02; 9, John Williamson, 60, 30:14; 10, Amy Micklich, 41, 30:38; 11, Diamond Feener, 34, 30:40; 12, Rosemary Fowles, 61, 34:29; 13, Julie Allaire, 44, 37:05; 14, Rosie Del Tejo Williamson, 53, 38:58; 15, Melissa Savage, 44, 41:01; 16, Helen Amazeen, 80, 41:26; 17, Andrew Lesmerises, 43, 43:19; 18, Suzanne Cifaldo, 34, 43:20; 19, Rachel Batlis, 28, 44:00; and 20, Bruce Fowles, 73, 44:59.
The individual one-mile fun run results were: 1, Issak Hynd, 9, and Po Pfirrmann, 8, 8:29; and 2, Ellery Micklich, 8, 11:11.