BAR HARBOR — Andrew Kephart led a group of 161 racers in the Jackson Laboratory’s JAXfit 5K Saturday.
Proceeds benefit an endowment for cancer research.
The race raised around $900 in entry fees for the Cookie Willems Endowment Fund created in honor of Geertruida “Cookie” Willems, “a longtime member of the Jackson Laboratory community who died of ovarian cancer in August 2012,” according to race organizer Maegan Haney.
The race was open to employees of The Jackson Laboratory, the MDI Biological Library and the Mount Desert Island Hospital.
Kephart placed first by one second with a time of 19:17, just ahead of Oliver Johnson with a time of 19:18. Next was Ralph Magnani, who placed third with a time of 19:31.
Rebecca Bell was the fastest woman, with a time of 20:13, followed by Emma Anderson in 20:36. Both of them finished fourth and fifth overall, respectively. Irene Neal came in third with a time of 22:18, finishing 14th overall.
The day began with a welcome from Kenneth Fasman, vice president for research at the lab, and recognition of the 39 new participants in the race.
After that, participants ran from the center of the Jackson Laboratory’s campus through the parking lot and out to Schooner Head Road. They headed south down the road, almost halfway to the boundary of Acadia and ended at the roundabout in front of the lab’s High Seas estate, which is used as housing for seasonal employees.
Haney praised the racers for encouraging other participants and keeping the day positive.
“We have a wide range of folks that walk and run the event, and it is definitely a highlight for participants both new and returning,” she said. “It is a great celebration of community and camaraderie at the lab, and it is great to see everyone there on a Saturday morning cheering each other on.”
See complete race results here.