Oceanside track-and-field fundraiser

Winchenbach, Blasius fastest in Mother's Day 5K race/walk

Nearly 40 runners/walkers participate in longtstanding event
By Staff | May 13, 2019
Photo by: Ken Waltz Maria Protheroe, left, and Olivia Parent on the course during the Mother's Day 5-kilometer road race/walk on May 12 at Oceanside HIgh School in Rockland.

Rockland — Thirty-six people decided the most appropriate way to start Mother's Day was to lace up their sneakers and make a run — or walk — around a portion of the city to celebrate the special occasion.

To honor moms everywhere bright and early Sunday morning, May 12, two people with ties to the area — and Medomak Valley High School, in particular — led the charge in the 5-kilometer jaunt.

Darren Winchenbach of Auburn, a MVHS graduate, finished the 3.1-mile course first overall in 20:05, while Serena Blasius of Friendship, a current Panther student-athlete, was the first female in 22:27, good for second overall.

The event was a fundraiser for the Oceanside High School track-and-field program. Mothers and daughters, mothers and sons, mothers with their young children (in stroller and back carriers) and even grandmothers and their grandchildren participated in the event.

Watch video and see more photos below.

The course started and ended at the high school, and included portions of several roadways, including Cedar, Lawn, Broadway, Park, Broad and Limerock. Most of the course was on Broadway.

The Mother's Day race/walk has long been a decades-long tradition in Rockland, held for years in the downtown area or at the high school and hosted by a number of organizations.

Now, proceeds from the event benefit the Mariner track-and-field program and will supply uniforms and equipment for current and future student-athletes, said Mariner assistant coach Elise Mason.

Oceanside team members organized and managed Sunday's race.

Shawn Anderson, Mariner head coach, thanked sponsors The First Bank, Hi-Tech Communications, Bixby Chocolate, In Good Company, Midcoast Music, Jessica Weatherbee (Certified Massage Therapist), Rock City, Athens Pizza, Penoboscot Bay YMCA, Shepard Toyota and the Fitzgeralds.

"We are so thankful for the moms in the community and are thankful for raising $900 dollars for the OHS track-and-field team," Anderson said. "The sponsors, donations, and student-athletes did an amazing job at bringing the community together for the 39th annual Mother’s Day 5K. We look forward to hosting again next year."

The individual results included: 1, Winchenbach, Auburn, 20:05; 2, Blasius, Friendship,: 22:27; 3, Alex Fogarty, Rockland 23:31; 4, Olivia Parent, Waldoboro 23:50; 5, Kathryn Ryan, 23:51; 6, Maria Protheroe, Rockland, 24:17; 7, Alexis Parent, Waldoboro, 24:17; 8, Erin Fitzgerald, Owls Head, 24:28; 9, Jessica Weatherbee, 25:10; 10, Suzanne Minzy, Rockland, 25:42; 11, Traci Young, Thomaston, 26:14; 12, Jayla Robinson, Warren, 27:01; 13, Lindsey O’Hara, 28:15; 14, Christine Waldron, 29:00; 15, Alden Mason, Rockland, 30:38; 16, Anna Mason, Rockland, 30:38; 17, Emma Mason, Rockland, 30:38; 18, Jody Dinsmore, 30:46; 19, Maggie Parent, Waldoboro, 33:05; 20, Amanda Staples, 33:15; 21, Terry Nelson, 37:21; 22, Linda Princiotta, 39:09; 23, Emmaline Waldron, 40:53; 24, Corbin Briske, 40:53; 25, Lorna J. Hills, 41:39; 26, April Monahan, South Thomaston, 49:16; 27, Ellen Spring, Thomaston, 49:31; 28, Paul McFarland, 49:32; 29, Denise Young, Tenants Harbor, 50:43; 30, Susan Sell, Cushing, 50:43; 31, Angie Lash, 51:02; 32, Samantha Parker, 51:02; 33, Adabell Hansen, 53:01; 34, Lorraine Hansen, 53:05; 35, William Wyatt, Rockport, 53:35; and 36, Rodney Mason, Owls Head, 53:35.

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

Mother's Day 5K
Mother's Day 5K road race/walk on May 12 at Oceanside High School in Rockland. (Video by: Ken Waltz and Zack Miller)
From left, Serena Blasius, Olivia Parent, Maria Protheroe, Alexis Parent and Jayla Robinson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Runner prepare to take off at the start of the race. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Serena Blasius, Alexis Parent, Maria Protheroe, Jayla Robinson and Olivia Parent, among others at the start of the race. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Deklin Fitzgerald. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Darren Winchenbach. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Alex Fogarty, left, and Serena Blasius. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Runners on the course, including, clockwise from left, Alexis Parent, Erin Fitzgerald, Kathryn Ryan, Olivia Parent and Maria Protheroe. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Kathryn Ryan. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Jessica Weatherbee. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Jessica Weatherbee. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Suzanne Minzy. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Traci Young. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Traci Young. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Jayla Robinson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Jayla Robinson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Lindsey O'Hara. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Lindsey O'Hara. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Christine Waldron, front, leads a group down Lawn Avenue. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Christine Waldron, front, and Jody Dinsmore. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Christine Waldron, front, and Jody Dinsmore. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Jody Dinsmore, front. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Emma Mason, left, and Anna Mason. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Emma Mason. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Anna Mason. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Emma Mason. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Alden Mason. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Amanda Staples. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Maggie Parent. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Crobin Briske. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Emmaline Waldron, front, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Linda Princiotta. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Lorna Hills. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
A young girl on the course. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
A young girl on the course. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
April Monahan. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Paul McFarland, left, and Ellen Spring. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Paul McFarland, left, and Ellen Spring. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Paul McFarland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Abdabell Hansen, left, and Lorraine Hansen, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Abdabell Hansen, left, and Lorraine Hansen. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Abdabell Hansen. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Abdabell Hansen. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Samantha Parker, left, and Angie Lash. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Samantha Parker, left, and Angie Lash. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Samantha Parker. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Samantha Parker. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Rodney Mason, left, and William Wyatt. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
William Wyatt. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Susan Sell, left, and Denise Young. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
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