Winchenbach races to first in Feyler 5KBrown first woman to cross 3.1-mile course
Waldoboro — Darren Winchenbach is a dedicated local runner who always performs well in Midcoast 5-kilometer road races, often finishing among the top handful of participants.
Well, the 30-year-old Waldoboro resident ran into the winner's circle as the first overall runner in the first annual Brandon Feyler Memorial 5-Kilometer Road Race June 30 at Medomak Valley High School. He crossed the 3.1-mile course in 19 minutes and 52 seconds.
Stephanie Brown, 33, of Camden was the first female finisher, placing fifth overall in 22:47.
The event was an out-and-back 3.1-mile course on Manktown Road.
"We had a good turnout for this being the first year of the event and we will be doing it again next year — always the last Saturday of June, which will be the 29th for 2013," said event organizer Brittany Sawyer. "It was a hot day and we were able to raise just shy of $900."
The race raised money for a scholarship for graduating MVHS seniors who will enter an accredited college or university to major in a Marine transportation or to earn an engineering degree.
Sawyer said Feyler is her cousin. He was age 17 when he died in the sinking of the fishing vessel Candy B, lost at sea along with six other crewmen in October 2003. Brandon's parents are Jay and Cindy Feyler of Union.
Brandon started scalloping to provide for his family, said Sawyer. He had a daughter, Brianna, on the way. She is now age 8. Brandon was a student at Medomak Valley High School prior to starting to drag for scallops.
"He was a fun energetic, athletic kid," said Sawyer. "His passion was basketball. He loved the Chicago Bulls and was a huge fan of Michael Jordan. His room was covered in Bulls' memorabilia."
Brandon also is survived by his older brother, James, now a first engineer. James is a graduate of Maine Maritime Academy in Castine.
"This race is a fundraiser to create the Brandon Feyler Marine Education Scholarship which will be given to an approved graduating student of MVHS who will enter into college for either Marine science, biology, transportation or engineering for a major," Sawyer said.
The individual run/walk results, with a participant's place, name, age and time listed, included: 1, Winchenbach, 30, Waldoboro, 19:52; 2, Gavin Felch, 14, Union, 20:21; 3, Brandon Sodergren, 25, Waldoboro, 21:09; 4, Ron Haney, 55, Warren, 21:11; 5, Stephanie Brown, 33, Camden, 22:47; 6, Vern Demmons, 66, Warren, 23:02; 7, Steve Frampton, 49, Warren, 23:20; 8, Blake Nichols, 24, Waldoboro, 23:47; 9, Colette Kinkade, 11, Harpswell, 23:55; 10, Steve Sawyer, 36, Washington, 24:28; 11, Kurt Lennig, 44, Dresden, 24:57; 12, Reade Brower, 55, Camden, 24:59; 13, Joanna Piepgrass, 53, Dresden, 26:04; 14, Jim Murphy, 52, Union, 28:27; 15, Autumn Brown, 32, Hope, 29:13; 16, Drew Kinkade, 9, Harpswell, 30:25; 17, Zachary Dean, 16, South Thomaston, 30:39; 18, Meigan Courville, 28, Attleboro, Mass., 31:09; 19, Jason Downing, 36, Wiscasset, 33:56; 20, Charlie Allen, 62, Union, 33:57; 21, Lynn Allen, 62, Union, 36:16; 22, Pam Rogers, 58, Hope, 38:40; 23, Marcy Corwin, 50-plus, town unavailable, 58:58; and 24, Helen Zahn, 50-plus, town unavailable, 58:59.
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