BAR HARBOR — Six years ago when Becky Carroll moved to Mount Desert Island from Western New York, she was searching for a place to work that was ingrained into the community, she said.
“I wanted to be a part of the community that we had just moved to,” she said. “I wanted to [go to] the place where everyone went.”
It was then that she decided to work as a part-time fitness instructor at the Mount Desert Island YMCA.
Fitness, she said, has been a “huge part” of her life “ever since I can remember,” hence the community center was an ideal choice.
Carroll began dedicating more time towards the fitness activities of the Y; she taught abs, core and indoor cycling classes, along with directing races. After years of service, first as the associate director and then as the healthy living director of the community center, Carroll is stepping down from her position this week.
“It’s a little sad,” she admitted. “I’ve been here for six years. It’s a huge part of my life.”
The part of her job she has treasured the most has been that of directing races. An avid runner, Carroll has helped organize running events for over 30 years.
In managing the races on the island, she said she had an opportunity to “[meet] people and [get] to know them and their stories. That’s one of the perks of the job”
Carroll said her work at the Y brought up several budgetary and time constraints, but those challenges taught her “to be creative” in “trying to figure out problems.”
Carroll launched several races, including the Resolution Run 5K held on New Years Day and the summer half marathon. “I love the races, [and] it has been great working with Acadia National Park and our sponsors,” she said. “It’s interesting to kind of figure out new things, have the sponsors be involved, to have fun things in the race packets [and] to make the runner’s experience be better each year.”
Even though the labor of managing registrations, setting up race packets, gathering volunteers and ensuring a memorable experience for the runners can be taxing, she admitted it’s going to be difficult to give up the running events.
“It’s sad that I won’t have a huge input on the races, but someone else can put their mark on the races now.”
Carroll said she hasn’t made a decision about her next step and is looking forward to exploring her options. “It’s kind of exciting because I don’t know exactly what I’ll be doing, I have a couple of things in the works that I’ve been thinking about, but nothing is set in stone right now,” she said. “It’s about what I want to do next. That’s the fun part.”