UNION — It is no easy task to stay a step ahead of pesky insects, especially a swarm of them, but that is what about 110 runners and walkers looked to accomplish on Saturday morning, May 28 in the second annual “Running of the Blackflies” 5-kilometer road race, a benefit for the Vose Library, hosted by Pour Farm Brewery.

There was an overall cool vibe to the event, which included live reggae music and the singing of the national anthem before a large group took off for the up-and-back footrace.

Runners and walkers take off at the start of the race. Photo by Ken Waltz

As officials of the race stated: The intention of the event was to “celebrate the oft-maligned blackfly by running with them … It’s Union’s version of running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.”

Of course, in Maine, living with blackflies, then mosquitoes, are rites of spring and summer.

Proceeds of the road race benefited the Vose Library.

Bill Stinson said Isabella Navarro sang the national anthem and $1,187 was raised for the library.

Registration included a free post-race pint of beer at the brewery (or non-alcoholic drink for runners younger than 21). Runners were greeted by a live reggae dance party and food truck at the finish.

Rebecca Robichaud. Photo by Ken Waltz

Benjamin Butterfield, 21, of Phillips was the overall winner as he blistered the 3.1-mile course in 16 minutes and 58 seconds. He bested the strong field by several minutes and had a 5:28 per mile time. Noah Jordan, 22, of Rockland was second at 19:27 and Luke Thombs, 24, of Rockland third at 19:38.

For women, Erin Peace, 27, of Warren finished first in 24:00; Amber Riposta, 38, of Stockton Springs, second at 24:11; and Katie Buckley, 43, of Searsmont, third at 24:22.

The event attracted participants of all ages, from those as young as one, four and six, and even 89-year-old Ann Buxbaum of Newton, Mass., who finished the somewhat hilly, challenging course in just more than an hour.

Ridge Kelly. Photo by Ken Waltz

The individual results were: 1, Benjamin Butterfield, 21, Phillips, 16:58; 2, Noah Jordan, 22, Rockland, 19:27; 3, Luke Thombs, 24, Rockland, 19:38; 4, Ridge Kelly, 21, Breman, 21:29; 5, Peter Cooke, 22, Rockland, 22:17; 6, Daniel Bose, 28, Swanville, 22:31; 7, Patrick Hood, 48, Union, 22:32; 8, Myles Kelley, 19, Appleton, 22:35; 9, Adam Kohlstrom, 46, Camden, 23:02; 10, Matt Byrne, 35, Portland, 23:11; 11, Matt Payton, 44, Union, 23:25; 12, Erin Peace, 27, Warren, 24:00; 13, Amber Riposta, 38, Stockton Springs, 24:11; 14, Kevin Cruz, 44, Union, 24:22; 15, Katie Buckley, 43, Searsmont, 24:22; 16, Lily Calderwood, 35, Winterport, 24:25; 17, Daniel Robichaud, 35, Smithfield, R.I., 24:50; 18, Elizabeth Cummons, 24, Lincolnville, 25:03; 19, Steve Cartwright, 70, Tenants Harbor, 25:28; 20, Margaret Heck, 32, Lincoonville, 26:00; 21, Jared Burns, 39, Washington, 26:12; 22, Leah Trommer, 41, Appleton, 27:03; 23, D. Bayadsy, 10, Rockland, 27:09; 24, Ron Hise, 51, Belfast, 27:09; 25, John Cummons, 28, Union, 27:21; 26, Evan Dyer, 36, Hope, 27:30; 27, O. Dyer, 1, Hope, 27:30; 28, Thomas Boran, 28, Rockland, 27:40; 29, Laura Buxbaum, 63, Waldoboro, 27:45; 30, Megan Wallace, 27, Swanville, 27:59; 31, Heather Robichaud, 34, Smithfield, R.I., 28:02; 32, Jules LaRochelle, 30, Owls Head, 28:03; 33, Mike Cummons, 62, Lincolnville, 28:18; 34, Cindy Sterling, 60, Belfast, 28:29; 35, Shawna Mitchell, 36, Hope, 28:59; 36, Brian Payson, 46, Spencer, Mass., 29:09; 37, Annie Crawford, 57, Monmouth, 29:28; 38, Lori Tyler, 47, South China, 29:32; 39, Anita Whittaker, 61, South China, 29:35; 40, Pam Kenniston, 63, Rockland, 29:54; 41, Matt Beatty, 30, Melrose, 30:09; 42, Chuck Christopherson, 62, Rockland, 30:18; 43, Jess Wadoski, 46, Union, 30:23; 44, D. Costigan, 10, Appleton, 30:24; 45, Roger Inhorn, 61, Lincolnville, 30:32; 46, Patrick Fritz, 43, Camden, 30:36; 47, Lindsey O’Hara, 39, Hope, 30:37; 48, David Brand, 35, Portland, 30:39; 49, India Brand, 34, Freedom, 30:44; and 50, Josselin Phillippe, 34, Rockland, 30:51.

Erin Peace. Photo by Ken Waltz

Also, 51, Ann Edwards, 71, Leeds, 30:55; 52, Ana Ayala, 42, Union, 31:07; 53, Sean Heath, 34, South China, 31:35; 54, Philomena Fritz, 41, Camden, 31:51; 55, Alex Owre, 55, Union, 31:58; 56, Patrick Costigan, 50, Appleton, 32:00; 57, Jody Dinsmore, 49, Union, 33:08; 58, Scott Woodruff, 53, Camden 33:11; 59, Ali Crocco, 33, Union, 33:15; 60, Griffin Hooper, 18, Warren, 33:28; 61, Bill Trommer, 71, Leeds, 33:31; 62, Ramona Harrison, 34, Rockland, 34:05; 63, Susan Chrisopherson, 62, Rockport, 34:08; 64, Rebecca Robichaud, 32, North Andover, Mass., 34:48; 65, Brian Krebs, 46, Warren, 35:21; 66, Sam Brelsfoard, 45, Stoneham, Mass., 35:40; 67, Ellen Mueller, 70, Carmel, N.Y., 35:41; 68, James Ritter, 71, Camden, 35:53; 69, Linda Fu, 45, Washington, 35:53; 70, Matthew Sullivan, 50, Woburn, Mass., 36:05; 71, M. Cruz, 4, Union, 36:06; 72, Deanne Lochen, 51, Camden, 36:20; 73, Ruthanne Harrison, 64, Richmond, 36:49; 74, John Burns, 63, Camden, 37:28; 75, Jacki Perkins, 35, Albion, 37:31; 76, Paula Sawyer, 72, Norridgewock, 37:38; 77, Tyla Schaefer, 61, Union, 37:48; 78, Emily Doughty, 33, Augusta, 37:55; 79, Dede Stefan, 61, Charlotte, N.C., 38:01; 80, Jason Lochen, 49, Camden, 38:23; 81, Trenton Hooper, 18, Warren, 38:46; 82, Lynn Kelley, 59, Union, 38:59; 83, Jaimee Watts, 47, Rockland, 40:03; 84, KelLee Gray, 57, Palermo, 41:24; 85, Samuel Powell, 36, Nobleboro, 41:28; 86, Susan Kellam, 68, Waldoboro, 43:04; 87, Dorrie Butterfield Highbee, 49, Owls Head, 43:28; 88, Thomas Luther, 54, Union, 45:05; 89, Mary Krebs, 52, Warren, 45:06; 90, Leslie Mulhearn, 62, Union, 45:51; 91, C. Mariner, 6, Camden, 48:56; 92, Chris Mariner, 45, Camden, 48:57; 93, Maurita Lord, 60, Waldoboro, 49:24; 94, Kris Kaler, 43, Warren, 50:42; 95, Laurie Warden, 65, Appleton; 96, Amanda Kaler, 40, Warren, 50:58; 97, Paul Campbell, 62, Washington, 50:38; 98, Laurie Fontaine, 60, Rochester, N.H., 51:44;
99, Emily Barnum, 44, Cushing, 51:44; 100, Danielle DIMartino, 43, Cushing, 51:46; 101, Robin Hamann, 38, Owls Head, 51:54; 102, Dartagnan Gray, 18, Palermo, 52:15; 103, Daniel Gray, 63, Palermo, 52:16; 104, Raphael Gray, 14, Palermo, 57:06; 105, David Gott, 65, Sabattus, 57:18; 106, Michael Warner, 64, Delanson, N.Y., 1:00:59; 107, Ann Buxbaum, 89, Newton, Mass., 1:01:00; 108, Emily Davis, 71, Delanson, N.Y., 1:01:00; and 109, Kim Slawson, 44, Owls Head, 1:02:51.

filed under: