At few other times during the year do road runners really need to worry about the weather, but on Sunday, in what has become an annual Midcoast January 5-kilometer road race tradition, certainly was one of those times.

Sunday’s Set the Pace 5K in Camden was run in temperatures in the 20s, which was much warmer than last year’s inaugural event that was run in a windchill of below zero. However, Sunday’s runners were both luck and unfortunate because this year’s race was sandwiched between an unseasonably warm winter day on Saturday and Monday’s cold and snowy conditions.

Alas, running in cold is not usually a problem for racers who warm up quickly, although Sunday’s Set the Pace 5K threw in a few difficult hills and fairly cold temperatures.

Weather also played a part in the event being pushed to Jan. 17. It originally was to be run Jan. 1, but the first big snowstorm of the winter hit that day.

There were 58 runners and 18 walkers who hit the course, led by Judson Cake, 32, of Bar Harbor, who finished the 3.1-mile race in 15 minutes and 16 seconds. Alfred Hanscom, 34, of Caribou was second in 18:23.

The first female finisher was Melissa Poulin, 25, of Rockland, who crossed the course in 20:27.

Sunday’s race was interesting because people could participate or ‘opt-out.’ Last year the race took place in absolutely frigid conditions, but that did not damper the enthusiasm of the 109 entrants and the 93 finishers.

Race organizer Reade Brower said, “This is a race that everyone can participate in. We encourage walkers, we encourage dogs, we encourage runners with strollers, we encourage runners with new runners in their womb, i.e. our ‘in Utero’ category.”

Local runners Karen Sprague, Andrew Bonarrigo, Russ Wolfertz, Stephanie Almasi, Stephanie Brown, Josh Miramont and Brower hosted the event as part of their New Orleans Mardi Gras Marathon fundraising.

The four local runners have pledged to raise $15,000 collectively to provide assistance to the Little Field Home, an orphanage in Africa founded by Janet Littlefield, a Union native.

This year’s race started and ended at the Smokestack Grill.

The race also included an “opt-out” runner’s special; which is where one got a race number for the raffle but didn’t have to run. One could pick a proxy runner and be listed right below your proxy runner with their time.

To check the website for the orphanage, go to: www.littlefieldhome.org.

The individual results of the 5K running event were: 1, Cake, 32, Bar Harbor, 15:06; 2, Hanscom, 34, Caribou, 18:23; 3, Ryan King, 40, Stockton Springs, 9:01; 4, Jason Gallant, 41, Hope, 19:44; 5, Seth Hasty, 30, Randolph, 19:58; 6, Ron Haney, 52, Warren, 20:23; 7, Poulin, 25, Rockland, 20:27; 8, Steven Cartwright, 58, Warren, 20:28; 9, Gail Gleason, 56, Union, 20:34; 10, John Priestley, 52, Rockport, 20:51; 11, Lars Priestley, 18, Camden, 21:01; 12, Holden Rogers, 17, Islesboro, 21:29; 13, Tom Kirby, 53, Ellsworth, 21:31; 14, Gwendolyn Moiles, 16, Waldoboro, 21:32; 15, Dave Farrar, 53, Bangor, 21:45; 16, Michelle Roy, 34, Caribou, 22:22; 17, Jason Elliott, 36, Brewer, 22:25; 18, William Lunt, 43, Tenants Harbor, 22:26; 19, Paula Lunt, 43, Tenants Harbor, 22:27; 20, Megan Wyllie, 16, Warren, 22:34; 21, Isaac Brower, 18, Camden, 22:42; 22, Paul Yates, 59, Pemaquid, 22:56; 23, Mary Smith, 44, Cushing, 22:57; 24, Bonnie Gallagher, 45, Camden, 23:00; 25, Lucas Brower, 21, Camden, 23:04; 26, Scott Luciano, 34, Hampden, 23:12; 27, Reade Brower, 53, Camden, 23:25 (out runner for Ellen Spring and Carmel Poisson); 28, Gary Billington, 48, Rockland, 23:56; 29, Andrew Cavanaugh, 48, Rockport, 24:00; 30, Mary Carmack, 16, Veazie, 24:14; 31, Adrienne Carmack, 14, Veazie, 24:20; 32, Ben Paxson, 18, Warren, 24:33; 33, Dve Samuelian, 63, Bangor, 24:37; 34, Stephen Peats, 58, Camden, 24:38; 34, Art Warren, 74, Camden, 24:48; 35, Liz O’Connor, 45, Gloucester, Wash., 24:51; 36, Carol Weeks, 55, Conway, N.H., 25:34; 37, Annika Rogers, 10, Islesboro, 25:51; 38, William Coffin, 62, Harpswell, 26:27; 39, Dot Foote, 50, Rockport, 26:52; 40, Eliza Greenman, 26, Islesford, 27:00; 41, Nichole Rackliff, 23, Ellsworth, 27:00; 42, Lindsay Eysnogie, 29, Islesford, 27:01; 43, Irene Hopkins, 53, Camden, 27:08; 44, Sharon Tracy, 35, 27:24; 45, Christina Fish, 44, Rockland, 27:37; 46, Davis Boardman, 13, Islesboro, 27:39; 47, Diane Kay, 36, Bar Harbor, 27:59; 48, Byron Cook, 62, Livermore Falls, 28:11; 49, Andrew Stewart, 34, Hope, 28:32; 50, David Root, 40, Union 28:34; 51, Phoebe Root, 6, 28:42; 53, Robin Emery, 63, Lamoine, 29:15; 54, Sherry Hart, 44, Rockport, 33:18; 55, Kathy Cassidy, 45, Camden, 33:19; 57, Elyse Socker, 57, Camden, 35:12; 58, Janice Minson, 55, Verona Island, 35:23; 59, Jane Rasmussen, 73, Tenants Harbor, 36:13; 60, Carley Peats, 17, Camden, 38:17; and 61, Frederick Minson, 63, Veronals, 44:40.

The 5K walkers were: Susan Peats, 56, Camden; Christina Pasquini, 37, Rockport; Erica Davis, 25, Rockland; Adrienne Carmack, 46, Veazie; Tommy Carmack, 44, Veazie; Sandy Billington, 44, Rockland; Evan Billington, 13, Rockland; Abby Billington, 12, Rockland; Zoe Billington, 12, Rockland; Raechelle Haynes, 25, Thomaston; Robin Elms, 54, Camden; Sharon Pratt, West Rockport; Tim Pratt, West Rockport; Tony Swebilius, 65, Morrill; Roxanne Eggen, 49, Liberty; Lisa Richards, 41, Montville; Karen Johnson, Camden; Khia Newell, 17, Camden; Ian Betts; Natalie Paul; and Billie Pirruccello. Some of the people may have registered but may not have participated.

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Village NetMedia Regional Editor/Sports Director Ken Waltz can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at kwaltz@villagesoup.com.