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Nearly 30 participate in Robertson 5K event

Bustard, Baker finish first, second over 3.1-mile course
By Staff | Aug 12, 2019
Photo by: Mark Haskell From left, Christopher Bustard, Sarah Baker, Margot Kuntz and Lauren Dobson, among others, at the start of the Nathan Robertson 5-kilometer road race on Aug. 11 in Thomaston.

Thomaston — There were a bundle of family-friendly events during the third annual Nathan Robertson memorial weekend, one of which allowed participants to run or walk a 3.1-mile — or 5-kilometer — course.

Twenty-seven people did that on Sunday, Aug. 11, as Christopher Bustard, 31, finished first at 20:15 and Sarah Baker, 28, second at 20:34.

Watch video and see photos below.

This year’s event for the Nathan Robertson Memorial Foundation originally began as a simple road race but has expanded to a weekend-long experience, set for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-11, and included a boatload of activities, including coed softball tourney, cornhole tourney and the road race, sponsored by On The Water Maine.

Robertson was a 2006 Georges Valley High School graduate who played soccer, basketball and baseball for the Buccaneers. He passed away in 2008 after a three-year battle with desmoplastic small round cell tumor.

One of the most touching — and personally emotional — parts of the race is when participants place a flower at Robertson's burial site. Some runners even stop to spend a few moments at the site. Participants placed sunflowers at the site this year.

Event organizer Jared Porter said proceeds from the weekend's event go to the Nathan Robertson Memorial Foundation, with money dispersed to families in Maine with children battling cancer and other serious illnesses.

In the past two years, the event has raised more than $15,000, all of which was donated to Boston Children’s Hospital and Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital.

The individual 5K results were: 1, Bustard, 31, 20:15; 2, Baker, 28, 20:34; 3, Dylan Shay, 25, 21:39; 4, Lauren Dobson, 33, 22:57; 5, Edwin Rich, 31, 23:33; 6, John Pendergast, 46, 23:56; 7, Garrett Simms, 34, 25:09; 8, Margot Kuntz, 15, 28:09; 9, Bonny Rose, 56, 31:22; 10, Jacob Morse, 29, 32:31; 11, Allie Kuntz, 14, 32:35; 12, Hannah Walsh, 29, 33:11; 13, Keegan Simms, 10, 33:26; 14, Ashley O’Brian, 30, 33:42; 15, Robin Botley, 24, 38:22; 16, Charlie Walsh, 31, 40:12; 17, Terry Nelsen, 53, 40:18; 18, Amber Wheaton, 31, 42:34; 19, Katie Cole, 28, 45:19; 20, Kailey Corsetti, 25, 46:39; 21, Paul McFarland, 75, 46:41; 22, Michaela Smith, 14, 49:34; 23, Rosa Batty, 46, 50:03; 24, Kari Brooks, 60, 51:08; 25, Ellen Spring, 66, 53:09; 26, Taryn Lord, 44, 55:36; and 27, Sheldon Belmain, 78, 55:37.

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

Nathan Robertson 5K
Nathan Robertson 5-kilometer road race on Aug. 11 in Thomaston. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Zack Miller)
Christopher Bustard, in purple, among others at the start. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Dylan Shay. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Christopher Bustard, in purple, among others at the start. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Margot Kuntz, right, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Margot Kuntz, middle, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Lauren Dobson, middle, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Edwin Rich. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Garrett Simms, Bonny Rose, Hannah Walsh and Keegan Simms. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Garrett Simms, Bonny Rose, Hannah Walsh and Keegan Simms. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Garrett Simms, Bonny Rose, Hannah Walsh and Keegan Simms. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Hannah Walsh. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Paul McFarland, front. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Paul McFarland, front. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Ellen Spring, Taryn Lord and Sheldon Belmain. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Edwin Rich. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Sunflowers. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Sarah Baker. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Lauren Dobson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Edwin Rich. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
John Prendergast. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
John Prendergast. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Keegan Simms, left, and Allie Kuntz. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Keegan Simms, right, and Allie Kuntz. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Keegan Simms, right, and Allie Kuntz. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Jacob Morse. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Jacob Morse. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Jacob Morse. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Hannah Walsh. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Hannah Walsh. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Hannah Walsh. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Ashley O'Brian. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Charlie Walsh. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Terry Nelsen. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Garrett Simms. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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