Proceeds go to Boston Children’s Hospital

Participants pay tribute to Robertson with brief stop on 5K journey

Raper, Haynes earn firsts in inaugural event
By Mark Haskell and Ken Waltz | Aug 15, 2017
Photo by: Mark Haskell Rebecca Smith, left, and Denise Johnson work together to form the symbol for a heart and love at the gravesite of Nathan Robertson during a 5-kilometer road race/walk in his honor on Aug. 13 in Thomaston.

Thomaston — One by one, and sometimes two by two, they stopped briefly on their 3.1-mile trek around the town to pay their respects, to say a heartfelt hello and goodbye to Nathan Robertson at his final resting place.

It was a unique and fitting show of love, support and appreciation for a young person whose life was cut short much to early.

The streets were filled with runners and walkers on Sunday morning, Aug. 13 for the initial Nathan Robertson Memorial 5-kilometer road race, as participants, organizers and volunteers came together to remember and honor a lost family member and friend.

Thirty-three runners and many walkers participated in the event, which began behind the business block in Thomaston.

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The race was timed, but not many runners were overly concerned with their pace, which was evident by the gesture made by many in the first mile as the race worked its way into the Village Cemetary on Erin Street — and past Robinson’s gravestone.

Runners and walkers grabbed an orange carnation passed out by a volunteer and placed it in front of Robinson’s final resting place as they passed.

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.

Following the race, many enjoyed a bounce house, face painting, dunk tank and Darling’s Ice Cream For a Cause ice cream truck. Wiscasset Speedway also sent race cars to display for the event.

There also was a raffle that included 50 pounds of lobster, a $150 gift certificate to the Hampton Inn, autographed Boston Red Sox memorabilia and four tickets to the Portland Sea Dogs, among other prizes.

Event organizer Jared Porter, who was one of Robertson’s closest friends, said 100 percent of the proceeds raised will be donated to the Boston Children’s Hospital for Childhood Cancer Research.

The event raised $3,375, Porter said.

Jason Raper, 36, of Yarmouth was the first overall finisher in the 3.1-mile jaunt, clocking in with a time of 20 minutes and 28 seconds, while Rachelle Haynes of Thomaston was the first female finisher in 22:41, as she was fourth overall.

The individual results from the 5K, with place, name, age and time listed, were: 1, Raper, 36, 20:28.1; 2, Ned Rich, 29, 22:22.8; 3, Ron Haney, 60, 22:27.6; 4, Haynes, 32, 22:41.5; 5, Matthew Booth, 33, 23:58.1; 6, Kyle Weaver, 28, 24:20.4; 7, Derek Orff, 39, 24:32.9; 8, Peter Rubenstein, 54, 25:01.6; 9, Seth Thompson, 50, 26:06.3; 10, Susan Young, 50, 26:48; 11, Reade Brower, 60, 27:00.4; 12, Angela Fournier, 42, 30:43.4; 13, Paula Drouin, 35, 30:47.2; 14, Mackenzie Emerson, 14, 31:07.8; 15, Katherine Demmons, 30, 33:57.2; 16, Jayla Robinson, 14, 35:06.1; 17, Alicia Costa, 29, 36:30.6; 18, Ellen Spring, 64, 37:11.2; 19, Liam Gallagher, 6, 37:22.9; 20, Susan Gallagher, 45, 37:32.4; 21, Rebecca Smith, 34, 40:26.6; 22, Denise Johnson, 36, 40:27.8; 23, Virginia Dow, 26, 42:53.3; 24, Mikayla Bishop, 14, 47:10.7; 25, Amy Bulger, 44, 47:44.6; 26, Hannah Tannebring, 27, 51:46.1; 27, Sarah Robertson, 35, 55:01.2; 28, Shannon Morse, 30, 55:46.2; 29, Priscilla Curit, 38, 59:47.8; 30, Christina Lindscott, 51, 1:00:16.5; 31, Terri Hendron, 23, DNF; 32, Eric Joyner, 40, did not finish; and 33, Katie Joyner-Robertson, 39, did not finish.

Walkers included: Brad Tannebring, Deb Tannebring, Kate Marchessault, Allayna Marchessault, Sara Severson, Paul Alley, Ella Hathaway, Elizabeth Bulger, Charles Walsh, Emily Morris, Derrek Bouchard, Gabe Bouchard, Monique Bouchard, Emily Allen-Perry, Jill Porter, Michaela Smith, Rhonda Smith, Caitlyn Lamb, Liam Porter, Rachel Fowlie, Kayla Norwood, April Benedix, Jill Grindle, Valerie Robertson, Ronald Daniello, Michael Smith, Jordan Lawrence, Eli Haynes, Kari Brooks, Rodney Brooks, Peter Walsh, Brandy Walsh, Richard Walsh, Frances Hernandaz, Alexander Hernandaz, Galo Hernandaz III, Dan Burgess, Alex Hatch and Laurie Walsh.

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Runners at the start of the Nathan Robertson Memorial 5K run/walk on Aug. 13 in Thomaston. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Runners at the start of the Nathan Robertson Memorial 5K run/walk on Aug. 13 in Thomaston. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Derek Orff, front, Liam Gallagher, right, and Jason Raper. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Runners at the start of the Nathan Robertson Memorial 5K run/walk on Aug. 13 in Thomaston. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Runners at the start of the Nathan Robertson Memorial 5K run/walk on Aug. 13 in Thomaston. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Runners at the start of the Nathan Robertson Memorial 5K run/walk on Aug. 13 in Thomaston. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Amy Bulger, left, Mikayla Bishop, center, and Katherine Demmons. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Particpants at the start of the Nathan Robertson Memorial 5K run/walk on Aug. 13 in Thomaston. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Walkers and riders at the start of the Nathan Robertson Memorial 5K run/walk on Aug. 13 in Thomaston. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Walkers at the start of the Nathan Robertson Memorial 5K run/walk on Aug. 13 in Thomaston. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Matthew Booth, right, pays tribute to Nathan Robertson during the Nathan Robertson Memorial 5K. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Ron Haney. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Derek Orff, right, and Ned Rich. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Kyle Weaver. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mackenzie Emerson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mackenzie Emerson, left, and Jayla Robinson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Hannah Tannebring. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Hannah Tannebring. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Angela Fournier. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Angela Fournier. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Charles Walsh. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Liam Gallagher. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Alicia Costa. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Runners and walkers of the Nathan Robertson Memorial 5K stopped to pay tribute to Robertson on the course. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Evelyn Robertson, 3, niece of Nathan Robertson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Evelyn Robertson, 3, niece of Nathan Robertson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Jason Raper, right, the first finisher. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Rachelle Haynes, left, the first female finisher. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Kevin P Robertson | Aug 15, 2017 08:55

Thank you to everyone who participated in this special event and special thanks to Jared and Jacky Porter. Our hearts were touched by the outpouring of support from friends, neighbors, community and family. Nathan would have approved!! Patty and Kevin Robertson



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