In memory of Karen Ware

'Karen's Run/Walk for Cancer' attracts 120, raises thousands

Leonard, Martin lead pack of 5K participants in seventh annual event
By Staff | Oct 04, 2018
From left, Rebecca Ware Dunlap, Susan Ware Page and John Ware Jr.

Rockland — The seventh annual "Karen’s Run-Walk for Cancer" took place on Saturday morning, Sept. 29 in the city's south end. The event, in memory of Karen Ware, was hosted by Maritime Energy/Maritime Farms.

The event included 120 runners and walkers and nearly 50 volunteers. Donations continue to come in, but as of a few days after the event, $11,512 had been raised, said Susan Ware, president of Maritime Energy/Maritime Farms.

In the 5-kilometer or 3.1-mile race portion of the event, Allison Leonard finished first in 22:57 and Dean Martin second at 24:15.3.

"Energy4Life" has raised the most money ever in the seven years it has been established, said Susan, Karen's daughter, and "the goal is to grow the event each year. "The more money raised, the more people can be helped."

In the last year, "Energy4Life" has helped numerous people battling cancer. Ranging from a 4-year old girl who could not understand why she was going to lose her long hair (very tough), Susan said, to people in their late 60s. From those with leukemia to lung cancer to ovarian to melanoma to breast cancer to brain cancer, and other forms. In the last year, "Energy4Life" has helped people with all these types of cancer, she said.

Proceeds from the event go to The Maine Cancer Foundation, directed towards clinical research, which is what is needed for cures to be discovered, and to the "Energy4Life" program which helps those locally dealing with cancer in memory of Karen Ware, Susan said.

"Energy4Life" is a 501c3, thus, donations are 100 percent tax deductible. Every donation goes to help people fight cancer and the money also stays in Maine.

The individual 5K races results included: 1, Leonard, 22:57.0; 2, Martin, 24:15.3; 3, Stacey Miller Friant, 24:47.8; 4, Lucas McNelly, 24:55.9; 5, Michelle Perry, 25:08.4; 6, Angela Gore, 25:32.2; 7, Michelle Bouchard, 26:45.8; 8, Kasey Leindenroth, 26:50.0; 9, Pam Kenniston, 27:02.4; 10, Linda Soresi, 29:13.5; 11, John Clifford, 29:20.4; 12, Jaimee Watts, 29:33.0; 13, Jamie Ames, 30:02.0; 14, Steve Arsenault, 30:11.5; 15, Gabriel Gore, 30:16.2; 16, Kelly Webber, 30:19.6; 17, Ward Carpenter, 30:47.4; 18, Aaron Ecker, 30:51.9; 19, Steve Cornforth, 30:56.7; 20, Phi Lloyd Sidle, 31:17.1; 21, Ralph McDermott, 31:34.2; 22, Karl Rasche, 32:44.4; 23, Madison Benner, 33:36.0; 24, Brady Wadsworth, 33:41.6; 25, Terry Nelsen, 34:13.4; 26, Mandy Staples, 34:44.1; 27, Hiro Yanaka, 35:01.1; 28, Jane Merrill, 35:08.0; 29, Heidi Neal, 35:24.7; 30, Bernard Predham, 35:58.7; 31, Emily Nicholson, 36:07.2; 32, Mary McDonough, 38:21.9; 32, Stephanie McDonough, 38:21.9; 34, Patrick Dupuie, 38:49.7; 35, Sarah Seavey, 39:12.7; 36, Devin Guptill, 39:41.5; 37, Amy Mitchell, 39:55.2; 38, Kerry Lavigne, 41:17.1; 39, Paul Mcfarland, 43:05.1; 40, Penny York, 43:48.1; 41, Christine McDermott, 46:17.8; 42, Sophia Waterman, 48:51.9; 43, Janet McMahon, 49:16.3; 44, Kari Brooks, 53:15.2; 45, Zach Gilbert, 53:51.0; 46, Erik Waterman, 54:00.4; 47, Juanita Smalley, 54:57.6; and 48, Marissa Kuplinski, 59:10.5.

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

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