BAR HARBOR — Leah Thorvilson of Little Rock, Ark., smashed the women’s course record Sunday at the Mount Desert Island Marathon by a full ten minutes with her time of 2:49.13.
Nicholas Mangan of Minneapolis, Minn., was the men’s champion with 2:38.53.
The scenery was beautiful, Thorvilson said, but the course was challenging. Race organizer Mary Ropp of Mount Desert is a close friend, she said, who has wanted Thorvilson to run MDI for years.
Runners fought a strong head wind for the first part of the race. Thorvilson ran a tight race with the defending women’s champion, Leah Frost of Vermont, who finished in 2:53.05.
Matt Homich of Ellsworth finished third with a time of 2:44.19. The first residents of the Islander’s coverage area to cross the line were Peter Keeney of Bar Harbor in 3:23.18 and Kassandra Strout of Trenton, 3:36.14.
The event, organized by Crow Athletics, also included a half marathon, relays and a Kids’ Run event. Participants in the kids program each ran at least 24.2 miles over the summer and fall, and ran the last mile together on race day. They began at 9:30 a.m., finished on the official finish line and earned t-shirts and finisher medals.
Hundreds of volunteers get involved and many more community members line the course to entertain and cheer on the runners as they pass.
Adam Goode of Bangor set a course record in the half marathon with his winning time of 1:12.09. Nicole Varble of Buffalo, N.Y., nabbed a new women’s record with her 1:33.47 performance in the half.
Steve Whalen of Bernard was the first MDI resident to finish the half, in eighth place overall with 1:33.47. Laura Anderson was the first MDI woman, with 1:43.25.
The Maine Warden Service successfully defended their title in the public safety relay. The two-person team called “D-rich” won the relay overall with a time of 3:02.31.
Bar Harbor Bank and Trust hosted a post-race hospitality tent with snacks and a place to get warm. Side Street Café hosted the official after party.
Full results from the marathon, half marathon, and relays are online at http://areep.com/events/mdi/2014/