Participants in the Flamingo Festival’s 4-mile run begin the race at the entrance to the Seawall Picnic Area on Sunday, July 17. Just under 70 people ran in the race. ISLANDER PHOTO BY MATT MITTERHOFF

Matt Homich wins Flamingo Festival 4-miler



TREMONT — Matt Homich of Bar Harbor placed first overall in a four-mile road race hosted as a part of the Harbor House’s annual Flamingo Festival.

Homich led the pack with a time of 21:36, followed closely by Brendon O’Keefe of Seal Cove, who trailed him by less than a second. James Poyner of Norton, Ohio, came in third with a time of 23:53.

Laura Anderson of Bar Harbor led the women with a time of 29:21. Second place went to Melissa Hickey of Arlington, Va., with a time of 29:59. Third went to Samantha Burrill of Bar Harbor with a time of 30:33.

Ginger Eliasberg of San Diego, Calif., runs in the rain past the Tremont Community Center, right before crossing the finish line with a time of 36:34. ISLANDER PHOTO BY MATT MITTERHOFF

Ginger Eliasberg of San Diego, Calif., runs in the rain past the Tremont Community Center, right before crossing the finish line with a time of 36:34. ISLANDER PHOTO BY MATT MITTERHOFF

The day began at 7 a.m. with registration held in the gym at the Tremont Community Center. From there, racers were bused to the Seawall Picnic Ground in Acadia National Park, which marked the start of the race.

The run began at 8:30 a.m. The route went from Seawall down Seawall Road past Ship Harbor and Wonderland, then turned right down Harbor Drive. The last stretch was on Flat Iron Road and Tremont Road, ending at the community center parking lot.

Racers were rewarded for their efforts with baked goods and watermelon as they finished.

“The runners flew between the raindrops dressed in festive pink attire,” said Lisa Tweedie, health and fitness director at the Harbor House. “Everyone did fabulously and had fun.”

“Thanks to all the volunteers and Fiore Olive Oils and Vinegars for donating prizes for the runners,” she added.

After the race, Harbor House held a fun run for kids. The seven participants in the race were led by Lily Dandridge with a time of 7:42.

Harbor House Executive Director Ingrid Kachmar said the race helps the Flamingo Festival’s aim of getting island community members interested in neighborhood events.

It’s “one more thing in the mix of the weekend to engage community members,” she said.

See complete race results here.

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