LAMOINE — This year’s running of the annual Flattop 5K Road Race is scheduled to be held March 30 at the Lamoine Consolidated School.
The 2019 Flattop 5K will be the 14th running of the annual race, which marks the unofficial start of road race season and the official start of the Eden Athletics Point Series.
The race was first held in 2005 in honor of avid racer Bill Pinkham, who sported a famous “flattop” hairstyle. He was a fixture in the community before passing away in 2005 at the age of 62, just moments after completing the Walter Hunt Fourth of July Road Race in Bangor.
He served as the former chief of the Maine Marine Patrol, as a state representative and as Lamoine’s harbormaster.
The three-mile race both starts and ends at the Lamoine school, which is on Route 184, about six miles from the intersection of Routes 1 and 184.
A total of 219 runners competed in last year’s race, which Dave Kerschner of Old Town won with a time of 16 minutes, 34 seconds. Jarly Bobadilla of Tremont placed 10th with a time of 18:38 to finish as the top MDI area runner overall, and Elli Hartig of Bar Harbor placed 31st with a time of 21:51 to finish as the top local female runner.
Robin Emery, a resident of Lamoine and member of the Maine Running Hall of Fame, is one of the race organizers. She has herself participated in all of the Flattop 5K races in the past10-plus years.
The race is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. with race-day registration available until 9:30 a.m. The cost to enter is $15.
For more information, contact Emery at 669-9219 or Tom Birky at 266-2556.
Registration forms can be found on the Lamoine town website, and checks payable to “The Flattop 5K” should be sent to Robin Emery, 11 Lamoine Beach Rd., Lamoine, ME 04605.