The Great Run was on June 20 and brought more people to this island than all spring. There was a lot of preparation for the runners of the 26.2-mile marathon and the longer Ultra. Beal and Bunker had two boats Saturday morning, one for the mail and regular passengers and one for the runners. The weather was perfect for the race. American flags were flying all along the race track. A giant green inflatable arch presided over the starting and finish line. Encouraging banners were placed in several places along the track. Several islanders set up tables with drinks for the runners to grab along the way. Local emergency medical staff were on site and ready.
The island is only about seven miles long, and the road is less than that. The track of the race was up and down the road a few times. The race started at the Community Center at 11:37 a.m. There were 69 runners who started out. Some were running the marathon. Some were in a four-person team relay. One group, called the Maine Running Fossils, proved that you’re never too old to stay in shape. Some ran in the Ultra, running as far as possible in six hours.