Demonstrating their belief that running is fun, participants in the recent Summer Festival of the Arts 5K and fun run pose for a photograph in Southwest Harbor after the races. PHOTO COURTESY OF ALEX NEWELL TAYLOR

SFOA hosts Simeon Michaud Memorial 5K and fun run

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Summer Festival of the Arts held the third-annual Simeon Michaud Memorial 5K/1-mile fun run at the Pemetic School on Saturday, June 25, with over 50 people participating in both races.

The run was in celebration of the life and gifts of Simeon Michaud, who thrived as an SFOA student for many years and was a student at Pemetic. All proceeds from registration went directly to the SFOA scholarship fund.

Ludo Bruyère came in first for men in the 5K with a time of 18:02, and Jessica Harris came in first for women with a time of 27:22. Bruyère is Simeon Michaud’s uncle, and said he wanted to win the race in honor of his nephew.

For the fun run, the boys were led by Elijah Denning with a time of 8:21, and the girls by Kelsea Noyes with a time of 8:45.

“For the third year now, his memory has brought the community together to celebrate the things he loved most,” race director Alex Taylor said. “SFOA’s mission is to encourage a community of artists of all ages, and events like this make that mission a reality.”

Proceeds from the event were large enough to cover SFOA’s full scholarship fund, Taylor said.

“We raised enough money for a full scholarship to our program, which will allow us to share quality arts education with a child who otherwise might not have had access,” she said. “I can’t think of a better way to honor Simeon’s legacy. SFOA is grateful to Simeon’s family for helping make this event possible.”

Simeon’s father, Ed Michaud, said his son was passionate about both arts and athletics, and this event was a great way to bring those two aspects of his son together.

“Simeon had a love for the arts, running and philosophical thinking,” he said. “He attended SFOA for many seasons, where he was able to engage in creative endeavors that expanded his thinking and allowed him to explore his creative imagination.

“This 5K is a harmony of Sim’s favorite worlds coming together, in a way that he would wish to give back to our community,” he added.

View the 5K results here.

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