Road racing

Rhoda, Frazier, Bowman fastest in Washington Challenge 5K, fun run

By Joanie Rhoda | Aug 08, 2017
Courtesy of: Joanie Rhoda Medal recipients in the annual Washington 5-kilometer road race and one-mile fun run on Aug. 6. The town has one of the most challenging, hilly 3.1-mile courses in the Midcoast.

Washington — Washington is a small rural town in the Midcoast whose sleepy downtown is surrounded by hills on all sides.

Every year in the middle of summer, the town’s recreation committee sponsors the Washington Challenge 5-kilometer road race and one-mile fun run to get people outside and active. This event not only accomplishes that, but challenges the endurance of each participant due to the steep hills.

On Sunday, Aug. 6, the event attracted 28 runners and walkers, a couple of eager dogs from local communities and from places as far away as Seattle, Wash. and Arizona, all of whom have a special connection with this unpretentious little town, whether it is the town in which they grew up or where they work during the summer at one of Washington’s renowned camps on Washington Pond.

In the 5K, 31-year-old Adam Rhoda was the overall male winner. He came home from Seattle for the weekend to celebrate a family reunion and cruised over the hilly course in 21:53.

The female winner was 34-year-old Jlynn Frazier, a newcomer to Washington, who completed the course in 23:52.

In the one-mile fun run, 13-year-old Liz Bowman of Washington crossed the finish line first with a time of nine minutes and 35 seconds. She was followed by her brother, eight-year-old Nicholas Bowman, who finished at 9:58. There were five runners in the fun run.

Medals were awarded to the overall winners in both races and to age group winners in the 5K.

A raffle was held as well, and several lucky participants went home with homemade baked goods, fresh eggs, homemade maple syrup or a gift certificate to a local restaurant.

The Washington Challenge 5K is one of the few remaining races in Maine that has kept its entry fees low, charging only $1 for the Fun Run and $5 for the 5K (which includes a t-shirt), compared to many races throughout Maine that now charge $20 or more to run.

When asked why she does not raise entry fees to be comparable to other races, Peg Hobbs, the race director, explained that making money is not their purpose. They are more about getting people to be active in the outdoors.

This event did more than that. It brought families and friends together for a couple hours of fun and challenge, at an affordable price.

The 5K results included: 1, Adam Rhoda, 21:53; 2, Ian Schell, 21:58; 3, Tyler Bowman, 22:48; 4, Jlynn Frazier, 23:52; 5, Jason Rhoda, 24:25; 6, Matthew Stone, 26:29; 7, Maddy Hillier, 26:45; 8, Erin Rhoda, 27:41; 9, James Beckham, 28:01; 10, Bobi-Jo Thomas, 28:16; 11, Patricia Leach, 28:30; 12, Jessie Rack, 28:41; 13, Holly Simmers, 31:46; 14, Donnajean Pohlman, 35:52; 15, George Stone, 37:08; 16, Emma Stone, 37:08; 17, Ron Paquette, 37:37; 18, Rebecca Anderson, 38:00; 19, Ryleigh Rainey, 38:00; 20, Staci Bowman, 40:46; 21, Rosie Del Tejo Williamson, 41:56; 22, John Williamson, 41:56; and 23, Sheila Lowe, 44:18.

The fun run results included: 1, Liz Bowman, 9:35; 2, Nicholas Bowman, 9:58; 3, Luke Baker, 11:02; 4, Jacob Rinehart, 15:56; and 5, Holly Stone, 15:57.

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