Annual road run/walk

Hot to trot: 'Firecracker' 5K runners heat up to celebrate Fourth of July

Drago, Dybel fend off high temperatures, humidity to finish as first overall, first female
By Staff | Jul 08, 2019
Photo by: Mark Haskell Scene from "Firecracker" 5K children's one-mile fun run on July 4 in Thomaston.

Thomaston — The weather at the annual "Firecracker" 5-kilometer road race on Thursday morning, July 4 was as hot as the nighttime fireworks — both of which brought out large crowds to the business block area — as nearly 125 racers pounded the pavement, along with 40 children in the one-mile fun run, to kick off the town’s daylong Fourth of July celebration.

And, as is the case with many area road races, it was Keith Drago of Rockport who finished ahead of the pack and surged to first over the mostly grueling, sun-exposed, 3.1-mile course.

The 32-year-old Drago crossed the finish line in 17 minutes and 35 seconds.

Watch video and see more photos below.

Stacey Dybel of Arlington, Mass. was the top female finisher as she placed sixth (21:05.03), while 13-year-old Jaden Johnson of Lincolnville was the area's fastest female finisher in 22:04.04.

Drago bested the field by 33 seconds. Adam Mullen, 18, of Westford, Mass. was second at 18:08.46.

In the children's one-mile fun run, Noah Morris, 12, of Waldoboro finished first in 5:22.08, while Chandler Robertson, 11, of Warren was second at 5:28.43. Maggie Ernst, 11, of Winchester, Mass., was the first girl finisher in 6:07.78. She was fourth overall.

The race began at the start of Beechwood Street, near Route 1, and traversed to Brooks Trap Mill, where racers about-faced and returned for the finish.

The children's one-mile fun run began at the start of Beechwood Street and went to Erin Street before the youngsters turned around for the sprint to the finish.

The individual results from the 5K race, with name, age, town of residence and time listed, included: 1, Keith Drago, 32, Rockport, 17:35.13; 2, Adam Mullen, 18, Westford, Mass., 18:08.46; 3, Nate Like, 37, Nottingham, N.H., 19:11.21; 4, Jay Fiske, 48, Winchester, Mass., 19:12.04; 5, Joey Casas, 42, Washington, 19:28.08; 6, Stacey Dybel, 29, Arlington, Mass., 21:05.03; 7, Connor Phelan, 14, Rockland, 21:38.75; 8, Ian Sherwood, 24, Hummelstown, Pa., 21:51.26; 9, Wilmer Mendoza-Quisp, 30, Lisbon Falls, 21:56.81; 10, Jaden Johnson, 13, Lincolnville, 22:04.04; 11, Joshua Hickman, 34, Long Beach, Calif., 22:11.93; 12, Ronald Stevenson, 47, Knox, 22:16.14; 13, Samuel Rector, 32, Reading, Mass., 22:19.43; 14, Serena Blasius, 17, Friendship, 22:27.80; 15, Craig Schmitt, 57, Warren, 22:29.47; 16, Matt Hudkind, 46, Palm Harbor, Fla., 22:35.57; 17, Jala Tooley, 40, Camden, 22:39.23; 18, Luis Oak, 30, California, 22:39.91; 19, Louisa Creighton, 31, Portland, 22:55.37; 20, Juan Meneses, 32, Newcastle, 23:01.56; 21, Steve Cartwright, 67, Tenants Harbor, 23:18.55; 22, Gardy Sermeno, 39, Thomaston, 23:27.26; 23, Garrett Simms, 34, Thomaston, 23:27.36; 24, Hanna Kreutz, 30, California, 23:31.43; 25, Kelsey Brooks, 19, Cushing, 23:35.66; 26, Jill Bradbury, 25, Cushing, 23:36.36; 27, Kim Denado, 57, Portland, 23:58.66; 28, Rebecca Nisetich, 36, Portland, 24:09.19; 29, Adam Kohlstrom, 43, Camden, 24:12.16; 30, Runner name unavailable, 49, Perth, 24:29.45; 31, Donald Harden, 68, Portland, 24:31.48; 32, Jenna Rose VanRyan, 13, Rockport, 24:42.14; 33, Jillian Brooks, 19, Cushing, 24:42.14; 34, Steve Giles, 56, Shelburne, Vt., 24:52.23; 35, Andrea Ryan, 49, Shelburne, 24:52.23; 36, Dale Turner, 63, Waldoboro, 24:59.41; 37, Lindsay Powers, 42, Rockport, 25:08.47; 38, Sean Mullen, 19, Westford, Mass., 25:32.81; 39, Beth Mullen, Westford, Mass., 25:38.20; 40, Ben Remely, 24, Arlington, 25:45.52; 41, Brian Boyd, 59, Camden, 25:55.12; 42, Lucas McNelly, 40, Damariscotta, 25:59.74; 43, Gavin Clark, 14, Union, 26:09.95; 44, Alexander Casas, 23, Washington, 26:10.67; 45, Michael Bourque, 51, Portland, 26:15.76; 46, Kendra Connelly, 49, Portland, 26:16.07; 47, Tabitha Chen-Fiske, 15, Winchester, Mass., 26:30.30; 48, Mark Barbour, 61, Waldoboro, 26:31.24; 49, Clair Pagano, 45, Somerville, Mass., 26:48.97; and 50, Fia Swormsteat, 12, Laconia, N.H., 26:53.81.

Also, 51, Randy Swormsteat, 48, Laconia, N.H., 26:59.43; 52, Doug Morgan, 54, Cushing, 27:04.05; 53, Nate Gorman, 43, Thomaston, 27:16.52; 54, Laura Buxbaum, 60, Waldoboro, 27:18.98; 55, Nevan Power, 12, Warren, 27:36.42; 56, Lindsay O’Hara, 36, Hope, 27:42.31; 57, Mary Smith, 53, Cushing, 27:48.28; 58, Hannah Meneses, 33, Newcastle, 27:55.16; 59, Kelly Colvin, 40, Thomaston, 28:06.99; 60, Will Colvin, 41, Thomaston, 28:06.99; 61, Megan Phelan, 40, Rockland, 28:14.61; 62, Jeff Sherwood, 66, Hummelstown, Penn., 28:15.45; 63, Jason Pietryga, 40, Warren, R.I., 28:22.59; 64, Greg Unfricht, 49, Freeport, 28:27.79; 65, Ellen Hopkins, 43 Warren, R.I., 28:39.13; 66, Carolyn Rordam, 50, Warner, N.H., 28:47.29; 67, John Clifford, 70, Waldoboro, 28:51.62; 68, Lynn Jackson, 40, Brunswick, 29:00.54; 69, Sara Hickman, 36, Long Beach, Calif., 29:07.33; 70, Mark Brooks, 52, Cushing, 29:11.22; 71, Chelsea Galkowski, 33, Owls Head, 29:18.74; 72, Matthew Baker, 48, Somerville, Mass., 29:25.75; 73, Brittany Fields, 34, Warren, 29:30.27; 74, George Black, 32, Bangor, 29:32.76; 75, Lindsey DeRosa, 28, Lewiston, 29:35.88; 76, Jacob Morse, 29, Thomaston, 29:44.38; 77, Olivia Kerfster, 24, Boston, Mass., 29:59.12; 78, Jake Donahue, 25, Groveland, Mass., 29:59.67; 79, Tami Casas, 43, Washington, 30:10.36; 80, Jamie Gregory, 35, South Thomaston, 30:15.88; 81, Jeff Remaly, 67, Whippany, N.J., 30:20.05; 82, Reade Brower, 62, Thomaston, 30:36.26; 83, Dan Donahue, 63, Groveland, Mass., 30:43.88; 84, 84, Brant Pitchinson, 61, Seminole, Fla., 30:48.00; 85, Holly Vanorse Spicer, 35, Thomaston, 30:51.03; 86, Ashley O’Brian, 30, Rockport, 30:53.87; 87, Karen Richardson, 53, Barrington, R.I., 30:59.07; 88, Michael Dinner, 43, Thomaston, 31;17.53; 89, Marcy Riordan, 53, Westford, Mass., 31:32.38; 90, Sajju George, 48, Thomaston, 31:48.09; 91, Paige Beckman, 32, Rockport, 31:54.80; 92, Michaela Wright, 20, Owls Head, 32:01.42; 93, Antonio Scotti, 28, Merrimack, N.H., 32:03.70; 94, Art Warren, 84, Camden, 32:26.46; 95, John Burns, 60, Camden, 32:28.41; 96, Todd Gustafson, 44, Rockland, 32:25.15; 97, Amanda Lash, 33, Cushing, 32:39.27; 98, Nate Larlee, 44, Northport, 32:39.66; 99, Madily Varnum, 11 Huntersville, N.C., 34:03.40; and 100, Craig Varnum, 48, Huntersville, N.C.

Additionally, 101, Serena Cooper, 12, St. Paul, Minn., 34:06.45; 102, James Cooper, 49, St. Paul, Minn., 34:06.71; 103, Jesse Brower, 32, Medford, Mass., 34:27.01; 104, Logan George, 16, Thomaston, 34:51.76; 105, Skylar Prior, 17, Thomaston, 35:15.54; 106, Lee Prior, 37, Thomaston, 35:23.52; 107, Pete Pittman, 72, Tenants Harbor, 35:46.15; 108, Joanna Knowlton, 43, Wilbraham, Mass., 36:46.63; 109, Sawyer Remaly, 11, Whippany, N.J., 38:07.56; 110, Jake Remaly, 33, Whippany, N.J., 38:07.97; 111, Hannah Barrington, 28, Bath, 38:39.66; 112, Amber Wheaton, 31, Lincolnville, 39:21.45; 113, Pamela Nisetich, 68, Hudson, Mass., 39:31.87; 114, Maurita Lord, 58, Waldoboro, 39:37.00; 115, Kaitlyn Johnson, 18, Deptford, N.J. 40:37.96; 116, Maria Campo, 28, Merrimack, N.H., 40:56.77; 117, Dawn Preston, 56, Belfast, 44:41.85; 118, Allie VanRyan, 9, Rockport, 47:28.47; 119, Rosa Batty, 45, Union, 48:30.27; 120, Ellen Spring, 66, Thomaston, 54:01.54; 121, Paul McFarland, 75, Lincolnville, 54:08.99; 122, Gage Whittier, 66, no town listed, 57:13.31; 123, Eric Beckman, 33, Rockport, 57:13.75; and 124, Jonathan Grout, 58, Thomaston, 1:11.00.

The children's fun run results included: 1, Noah Morris, 12, Waldoboro, 5:22.08; 2, Chandler Robertson, 11, Warren, 5:28.43; 3, Thomas Calnan, 12, Winchester, Mass., 6:02.90; 4, Maggie Ernst, 11, Winchester, Mass., 6:07.78; 5, Quinten Kruger, 12, Thomaston, 6:29.92; 6, Dominick Pietryga, no age listed, Barrington, R.I., 6:38.86; 7, Wyatt Robertson, 10, Warren, 6:45.99; 8, Travis Robertson, 8, Warren, 6:49.90; 9, Caleb Danforth, 10, Owls Head, 6:54.01; 10, Eli Haynes, 9, Thomaston, 7:27.87; 11, Heidi Ernst, 9, Winchester, Mass., 7:29.16; 12, Mia Matos, 11, Rockport, 7:29.16; 13, Edward Smith, 7, Camden, 7:46.94; 14, Oak Larlee, 6 Northport, 7:51.06; 15, Henry Blanchard, 9, Lyle, Wash., 8:04.72; 16, Felicity Jackson, 12 Brunswick, 8:15.62; 17, Evelyn Danforth, 7, Owls Head, 8:19.50; 18, Iris Larlee, 6, Northport, 8:22.51; 19, Josiah Danforth, 12, Owls Head, 8:23.08; 20, Garrett Robertson, 12, Warren, 8:24.74; 21, Myles McMahan, 6, Thomaston, 8:24.89; 22, Harrison Smith, 5, Camden, 8:29.13; 23, Evan Rush, 10, Thomaston, 8:34.54; 24, Anderson Harris, no age listed, Warren, 8:41.29; 25, Ian Baker, 6, Somerville, Mass., 8:42.90; 26, Finn Eddy, 9, Thomaston, 8:43.62; 27, Andy Matos, 8, Rockport, 8:49.12; 28, Tony Pietryga, no age listed, Barrington, R.I., 9:07.87; 29, Eve Larlee, 2 Northport, 9:09.24; 30, Addy Morris, 10, Waldoboro, 9:12.36; 31, Tessa Matos, 6, Rockport, 9:12.83; 32, Wyatt Morse, 8, Thomaston, 9:39.64; 33, Caleb Hopkins, 11, Warren, R.I., 9:44.43; 34, Giuila Baker, 8, Somerville, Mass., 9:51.77; 35, Charlotte Bechman, 5, Rockport, 10:02.41; 36, Riley Newton, 10, Rockland, 10:49.63; 37, Clancy Calderwood, 4, Union, 12:58.61; 38, Jenny Pietryga, no age listed, Barrington, R.I., 13:11.70; 39, Swayze Prior, 5, Thomaston, 13:16.34; and 40, Malachi Calderwood, 2, Union, 16:13.37.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

Firecracker 5K road race and walk
Firecracker 5K road race and walk on July 4 in Thomaston. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from "Firecracker" 5K children's one-mile fun run on July 4 in Thomaston. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from "Firecracker" 5K children's one-mile fun run on July 4 in Thomaston. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from "Firecracker" 5K children's one-mile fun run on July 4 in Thomaston. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from "Firecracker" 5K children's one-mile fun run on July 4 in Thomaston. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from "Firecracker" 5K children's one-mile fun run on July 4 in Thomaston. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from "Firecracker" 5K children's one-mile fun run on July 4 in Thomaston. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Wyatt Morse, right, and Caleb Danforth. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Iris Larlee. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Iris Larlee. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Iris Larlee. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Paige Beckman, left, and Charlotte Beckman. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Noah Morris. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Noah Morris. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Chandler Robertson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Thomas Calnan. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Maggie Ernst. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Dominick Pietryga. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Wyatt Robertson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Eli Haynes. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Evelyn Danforth. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Myles McMahan. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mile McMahon. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Eli Haynes, left, and Myles McMahan. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Eli Haynes. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Myle McMahan, left, and Anderson Harris. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Myles McMahan, left, and Anderson Harris. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from "Firecracker" 5K children's one-mile fun run on July 4 in Thomaston. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from "Firecracker" 5K on July 4 in Thomaston. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from "Firecracker" 5K on July 4 in Thomaston. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Kraige Schmitt. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from "Firecracker" 5K on July 4 in Thomaston. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Holly Vanorse Spicer. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Logan George, left, Holly Vanorse Spicer, and Tami Casas. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Michaela Wright, left, and Tami Casas. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Jaime Gregory. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Amber Wheaton. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Kieth Drago. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from "Firecracker" 5K on July 4 in Thomaston. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Adam Mullen. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Keith Drago, left, and Adam Mullen. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Nate Zike, left, and Jay Fiske. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Nate Zike, left, and Jay Fiske. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Joey Casas. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Stacey Dybel. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Connor Phelan. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from "Firecracker" 5K on July 4 in Thomaston. Lincoln Worcester, 2, of Winterport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Wilmer Mendoza-Quisp. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Ronald Stevenson, left, and Samuel Rector. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Jala Tooley. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Jala Tooley. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Luis Oak. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Gardy Sermeno, left, Garrett Simms, and Hanna Kreutz. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from "Firecracker" 5K on July 4 in Thomaston. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from "Firecracker" 5K on July 4 in Thomaston. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Steve Giles, left, and Andrea Ryan. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Dale Turner. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Sean Mullen. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Lucas McNelly. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from "Firecracker" 5K on July 4 in Thomaston. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from "Firecracker" 5K on July 4 in Thomaston. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from "Firecracker" 5K on July 4 in Thomaston. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Kelly Colvin. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
John Clifford. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
John Clifford. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Matthew Baker. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Matthew Baker. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Matthew Baker. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Brittany Fields, left, and George Black. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Holly Vanorse Spicer. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Holly Vanorse Spicer. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Madilyn Varnum, left, and Craig Varnum. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Madilyn Varnum, left, and Craig Varnum. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Jesse Browen. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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