Runners take off from the starting line for the open 2-mile event at the annual Eden Track Festival held at the Mount Desert Island High School track last Wednesday. PHOTO BY AMANAT KHULLAR

Runners come together for annual Eden Track Festival

BAR HARBOR — Twenty-six runners sped around the Mount Desert Island High School track in the annual Eden Athletics Track Festival on Wednesday, Aug. 12.

The overcast sky cleared just as runners gathered on the track for five races: 1-mile, 400-meter (kids and adults in separate heats), 2-mile and a 4×400-meter relay.

In the open 2-mile event, former Bar Harbor resident Kristin Murphy finished the eight laps in 12 minutes, 5 seconds, nearly half a minute ahead of her closest competitor.

The MDI High School alumna also won the 1-mile race in a speedy 5:41.

“I like to come back and run here at my alma mater,” she said after the race. This was her second year participating in Eden events.

Participants of the 7th edition of the annual event ranged from 3 to 76 years old. Some of the youngest members turned in impressive results, including a 1:25 lap by an 8-year-old Spencer Grierson.

“It’s not a cutthroat competition,” said Eden Athletics president Christa Brey. “It’s just for fun.”

Eden Athletics is a local running club comprised of year-round and seasonal MDI residents that has been organizing running events for more than six years. The club offers introductory courses for running and walking for individuals of all ages and fitness levels.

Brey has been a part of the club for three years and was one of the participants of the 2-mile race, which is a part of Eden Athletics-Jack Russell’s Steakhouse Point Series.

“It’s a nice little group, and it’s very family oriented and social,” she added. “We’re just trying to get people out there running and enjoying themselves.”

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Amanat Khullar

Amanat Khullar

Amanat Khullar is a sports reporter for the Mount Desert Islander. She comes from New Delhi, the capital city of India and graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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