Despite the obstacle of COVID-19 trying to block the trails of the Camden Hills, the inaugural Megunticook 50-kilometer and "Wicked Tough 10" trail race event proved a memorable, momentous and mountainous success on Saturday, Sept. 12.

With new pandemic safety protocols for runners in place, including rolling starts, and masks, 97 runners took to the tough, scenic trails of the Camden Hills State Park for the 50K (31.0686-mile) and 10K (6.2-mile) races.

Race creator David Hirschfeld called the grueling, challenging event a success. "I think by every metric, today's event was not just a success, but a stunning triumph," he said.

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With the tough terrain, neither race let runners off easily.

The peaks of Battie, Bald Rock, Derry, Frohock, Cameron and Megunticook were topped in the race, which gave runners a total elevation over the 31 miles of more than 7,600 feet.

Overall, the 31 miles broke down to two miles of pavement, eight miles of closed gravel road and 21 miles of single-track trails.

The "Wicked Tough" 10K came with its own warning. Worried it may be considered significantly easier than its longer counterpart, runners were warned the course would be no piece of cake.

Just more than six miles long, the trail had an elevation gain of more than 1,600 feet. It covered two miles of pavement, and four miles of single-track trails, the "Wicked Tough" tested any runner who traversed the course.

In the Megunticook 50K main event, Chance Simonton of Lebanon, N.H., finished first overall with a time of five hours, 19 minutes and 52 seconds. Simonton managed a 10:18-mile pace over the nearly 31-mile trek.

Jennifer Britz of Bar Harbor was the first female finisher, third overall, with a time of 5:32:14. Britz's pace was 10:42, just 24 seconds per mile slower than Simonton over the course.

Erik Brooks of Camden took the overall win for the "Wicked Tough Ten" race in a total time of 52:51.

Sofia Arleo of Waterville was the first female finisher, sixth overall, in 1:04:59.

Megunticook 50 results were: 1, Chance Simonton, 27, Lebanon, N.H., 5:19:52; 2, Tyler Deangelis, 27, Readfield, 5:20:04; 3, Jennifer Britz, 42, Bar Harbor, 5:32:14; 4, Anne McKee, 22, Islesboro, 5:39:35; 5, Tess Hamilton, 25, Brunswick, 5:53:24; 6, Joseph Reynolds, 35, Westbrook, 5:58:28; 7, Haley Heinrich, 27, Newbury, N.H., 6:02:14; 8, Judson Cake, 42, Bar Harbor, 6:02:24; 9, Scott Eugley, 28, Saco, 6:03:07; 10, Bradford Eslin, 42, Bucksport, 6:11:00; 11, David Maggio, 27, Yarmouth, 6:28:27; 12, Michael Nolan, 53, New York, N.Y., 6:31:41; 13, Michael Flanagan, 26, Brunswick, 6:34:19; 14, Katie Clayton, 23, Boston, Mass., 6:34:47; 15, David Root, 51, Hope, 6:36:16; 16, Eric Williamson, 23, New York, N.Y., 6:45:48; 17, Nick Hoffmann, 23, Englewood, N.J., 6:46:02; 18, Solomon Treister, 20, Chicago, Ill., 6:46:03; 19, Steve Holt, 37, East Boston, Mass., 6:49:08; 20, Bran Lamoreau, 32, South Portland, 6:52:51; 21, Emily Harris, 23, Boston, Mass., 6:58:03; 22, Jeremiah Johnson, 41, Portsmouth, N.H., 7:06:10; 23, Bob Lowe, 43, Winthrop, Colo., 7:07:07; 24, Ben Lacy, 41, Camden, 7:07:12; 25, James Laurencio, 43, Danville, N.H., 7:14:21; 26, Jack Ryon, 39, West Bath, 7:15:55; 27, Eric Johansson, 59, Holmdel, N.J., 7:22:48; 28, Eric Christ, 47, Montevideo, Minn., 7:24:22; 29, Dylan Ascolese, 38, Sudbury, Mass., 7:24:41; 30, Steven Wood, 29, Gray, 7:26:26; 31, Colden Golann, 27, Union, 7:29:45; 32, Patty Higgins, 56, York, 7:30:50; 33, John Sheedy, 52, Berwick, 7:32:42; 34, Ian McCracken, 34, Portland, 7:36:51; 35, Steve Putt, 43, Montoursville, Pa., 7:38:32; 36, Edward Eichler, 39, Wiscasset, 7:43:52; 37, Todd Reutlinger, 28, South Portland, 7:46:02; 38, James Mor, Salem, N.H., 7:53:08; 39, Kate Lapointe, 32, Kittery, 7:57:07; 40, Nathan Fisher, 29, Somerville, Mass., 7:58:56; 41, Nathan Rice, 28, Levant, 7:59:32; 42, Lindsay Powers, 43, Rockport, 8:03:13; 43, Ramona Larsen, 41, Lincolnville, 8:06:25; 44, Emily McDevitt, 55, Camden, 8:15:31; 45, Linda Burbank, 38, Somersworth, N.H., 8:16:30; 46, Justin Rindner, 30, Saint Charles, Mo., 8:19:32; 47, Sam Crabtree, 36, Hancock, 8:19:36; 48, Taylor Wood, 35, Hancock, 8:19:36; 49, Mark Dorley, 48, Portsmouth, N.H., 8:22:14; 50, Brian Williamson, 26, Canastota, N.Y., 8:27:30; 51, Donald Kitchen, 42, Northport, 8:36:57; 52, Bryan Clement, 23, Union, 8:44:07; 53, Aaron Kennedy, 47, Belfast, 8:45:25; 54, Emma Erwin, 26, Kailua Kona, HI, 9:00:06; 55, Grey Skelton, 26, Bangor, 9:00:16; 56, Kelly Walsh, 30, Lydonville, Vt., 9:05:35; 57, Robert Nicholson, 33, Salem, Mass., 9:11:35; 58, Steve Wiltshire, 51, Franklin, Mass., 9:15:15; 59, Donna Kausen, 66, Addison, 9:24:21; 60, Nathan Short, 41, Takoma Park, Md., 9:39:53; 61, Nick Milano, 59, Barrington, N.H., 9:46:44; 62, Casey Callahan, 44, Brookline, N.H., 10:09:13; 63, Chad Colburn, 35, Liberty, 10:19:45; 64, Scott Perrapato, 64, South Berlington, Vt., 10:19:49; 65, Bobi-Jo Thomas, 40, Jefferson, 10:19:59; and 66, Atsuko Shimowada, 52, Portland, 10:32:28.

"Wicked Tough 10" results were: 1, Erik Brooks, 31, Camden, 52:51; 2, Henry McDevitt, 14, Camden, 57:17; 3, Thomas O’Brien, 31, Nobleboro, 57:26; 4, Draa Mackey, 24, Lincolnville, 57:39; 5, Joseph Jansen-Hedrick, 29, Greeley, Colo., 1:04:41; 6, Sofia Arleo, 19, Waterville, 1:04:59; 7, Jim Anderson, 52, Randolph, N.H., 1:09:19; 8, Sean James, 43, Monroe, 1:12:16; 9, Eric Olds, 50, Lincolnville, 1:17:02; 10, Tom Barrows, 16, Winthrop, 1:17:33; 11, Jenna Vanryn, 14, Rockport, 1:18:09; 12, Nataleann Gore, 14, Appleton, 1:23:01; 13, Jeffrey Stewart, 40, Yarmouth, 1:24:13; 14, Lakshmi Butcher, 41, Camden, 1:24:48; 15, Jason Sercu, 31, Brighton, Mass., 1:29:22; 16, Anna Sideris, 36, Lincolnville, 1:30:38; 17, Doug Blasius, 67, Belfast, 1:30:46; 18, Jennifer West, 43, Waldoboro, 1:31:05; 19, Gabriel Gore, 44, Appleton, 1:32:18; 20, Angela Gore, 43, Appleton, 1:35:27; 21, Beatrix Treister, 20, Burlington, Vt., 1:39:32; 22, Elizabeth Snarr, 44, Barrington, N.H., 1:43:16; 23, Guy Sercu, 28, Lincolnville, 1:44:57; 24, Christa Brey, 48, Ellsworth, 1:47:10; 25, Timea Hajdu, 37, Jefferson, 1:47:42; 26, Paula Herron, 63, Northport, Fla., 2:03:33; 27, Mary Jansen-Hedrick, 57, Greeley, Colo., 2:03:41; 28, Lisa Kearns, 56, Franklin, 2:04:55; and 29, Petra Hartlova, 38, Northport, 2:10:19.

Hirschfeld said he was grateful for the volunteers and staff who made the event happen.

"It sounds cliche, but these are the people without whom something like this, is impossible," he said.

He added dozens of people wrote to him to ask how they could help. An event like the Megunticook 50 and "Wicked Tough 10," which needs course set-up, aid stations, course monitoring, and management of the start, and finish, require a tremendous amount of work.

The Camden Fire Department, Camden Police, Coastal Mountain Search and Rescue, and North East Mobile Health Services also were on site to respond to emergencies.

"This offered great comfort, and encouragement to me, as well as runners on the course. Their contribution is greatly valued as well," Hirschfeld said.

"Then there is the Bureau of Public Lands and Camden Hills State Park staff. Holy smokes, their support and encouragement was incredible. The resources they made available to the race were indispensable," he said.

There was a moment when the event being held was in doubt because of COVID-19.

"We were exceedingly careful to meet all the state guidelines with regard to the virus," Hirschfeld said.

That presented many additional challenges for the event.

"It was worth it to provide people the opportunity to get out, and do something we've all been longing to do during this crisis," he said.

Hirschfeld hopes next year's event will find everyone in a position where the pandemic concerns are far behind, and the park will be full of runners, staff, and spectators celebrating health, and the beauty of the Camden Hills.