Meghan Perham, right, and Ella Perham are all smiles as they approach the finish line of the 5K race at the athletic field in Bar Harbor. PHOTO BY AMANAT KHULLAR

Luchini wins half marathon

BAR HARBOR — Louie Luchini of Ellsworth took first place in the annual Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Half Marathon on Saturday, Sept. 19.

The 38th edition of the half marathon saw participation from 365 runners from across the country.

Luchini, 34, who is his hometown’s state representative, blitzed through the 13.1-mile course to cross the finish line in one hour, 13 minutes, 48 seconds, averaging a pace of 5:38.

Matt Homich, 27, finished second in 1:17:09.

Runners set off from the starting line near the Bar Harbor athletic field on the sunny and slightly warm morning.

Woman’s winner Christine Twining, 40, of Brunswick completed the course in 1:29:58, with an average pace of 6:53.

YMCA Half Marathon runners Rebecca Webber, left, and Jackie Sniadecki funnel over the Duck Brook Bridge in Acadia on Saturday, Sept. 19. The 38th edition of the event drew 365 runners and walkers.  PHOTO BY AMANAT KHULLAR

YMCA Half Marathon runners funnel over the Duck Brook Bridge in Acadia on Saturday, Sept. 19. The 38th edition of the event drew 365 runners and walkers.

With more than nine miles of the half marathon course inside Acadia National Park, runners funneled over the triple-arched Duck Brook carriage road bridge, where they were greeted with water glasses and encouragement from volunteers.

“We couldn’t do [the event] without the volunteers. They’re unbelievable,” race director Becky Carroll said. “They’re cheering them on, literally from beginning to end.”

Even though most of the more than 100 volunteers were area residents, Carroll said, “so many people come from out of town and just step in and help.”

The 5K (3.1 mile) runners covered a loop through downtown Bar Harbor and were led by Brendan O’Keefe in a time of 16 minutes, 19 seconds.

12-year-old Tyler Patterson of Brunswick stood second of the 93 runners

with a total time of 21:21.

The race is the YMCA’s largest fundraising event of the year, with proceeds funding the organization’s scholarship programs, among other ventures.

Carroll has organized the event for three years.

“I love showing people from out of town our beautiful town and Acadia National Park,” she added. “The course is fabulous, the weather is great. It’s a beautiful time to run.”

Fall Half Marathon Results

Place Name City Time

1 Louie Luchini Ellsworth 1:13:48
2 Matt Homich Ellsworth 1:17:09
3 Chris Gabrielson Westford, MA 1:19:36
4 Shane Ruddy Worcester, MA 1:21:17
5 Todd Alexander Foxboro, MA 1:22:19
6 Derek Dunning Northfield, VT 1:22:40
7 Andrew Kephart Ellsworth 1:23:57
8 Rico Portalatin Milo 1:24:01
9 Daniel Ritchie Newton MA 1:24:25
10 Robert Ashby Brunswick 1:26:16
11 Chris Holt Ellsworth 1:28:15
12 Erich Reed Mount Desert 1:29:47
13 Christine Twining Brunswick 1:29:58
14 Tammy Slusser Monroeville, PA 1:31:45
15 Matthew MacE Arnold, MD 1:31:50
16 Christian Munz Harvard, MA 1:32:30
17 Amy Oliver Belgrade 1:32:49
18 Michael Westphal Cranberry Isles 1:34:02
19 Steven Russell Farmington 1:34:12
20 Thomas Ery Brooklyn, NY 1:34:42
21 Edz Lamy Beverly, MA 1:35:36
22 Megan Baertsch Duluth, MN 1:36:54
23 Jon Henderson Orono 1:37:05
24 Grace Thacker New Orleans, LA 1:37:12
25 Matt Widzer Stanton, CA 1:38:21
26 Kassandra Strout Trenton 1:39:28
27 Tom Vaughan Cape Elizabeth 1:39:36
28 Tim Thompson Lewiston 1:39:56
29 Christopher Baker Southwest Harbor 1:40:16
30 Sam Stewart Harrington 1:40:56
31 Zach Gilhooley Bar Harbor 1:41:02
32 Johan Erikson Peaks Island 1:41:09
33 Thomas Cable Atlanta, GA 1:41:20
34 Sam Thomas South Portland 1:41:26
35 Katrina Linscott Seal Cove 1:42:34
36 Tim Harkins Arrowsic 1:43:43
37 Frank Kelly Brunswick 1:44:21
38 Edward Fels Falmouth 1:44:35
39 Brooke Carleton Huntington, VT 1:44:36
40 Thomas Germino Orland Park, IL 1:44:37
41 Gabriel Saad Lakeville, MA 1:44:38
42 Charles Eichacker Blue Hill 1:44:41
43 Rob Fowler Morrill 1:44:56
44 Jasmine Fowler Morrill 1:44:58
45 Jeff Dubis Fort Kent 1:44:59
46 Kenneth Willey Orrington 1:45:14
47 Robin Clarke Ellsworth 1:45:32
48 Christina Mott Boston, MA 1:45:34
49 Joe Bertolaccini Winslow 1:45:39
50 Brendan Penfold Deer Isle 1:45:52

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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