A runner gets some encouragement near the finish line of a previous NEH five-miler in Northeast Harbor. ISLANDER PHOTO BY EARL BRECHLIN

NEH road race, walk kick off on Aug. 22

MOUNT DESERT — The annual five-mile road race in support of the Northeast Harbor Ambulance Service is set for Saturday, Aug. 22.

The 38th edition of the event is organized by Crow Athletics and sponsored by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.

The scenic point-to-point course skirts Somes Sound along Sargent Drive and finishes in downtown Northeast Harbor. It features spectacular scenery along what once was believed to be the only fjord in the eastern United States.

“The event is an important fundraiser for the Northeast Harbor Ambulance Company,” said Gary Allen of Crow Athletics. “We’re pleased to be a part of this historic race and community-building event.”

The race attracts local runners as well as people from across the country. 204 runners and walkers of ages ranging from 6 to 79 years completed the race last year.

Blue Hill resident Nikos Christ won with a time of 28 minutes and 16 seconds. Jennifer VanDongen of Bar Harbor was the first woman across the finish line with a personal record time of 31 minutes and three seconds.

Registration for the race will be at Great Harbor Maritime Museum in downtown Northeast Harbor at 8 a.m. Participants will be shuttled to the starting line for the start of the walk at 9 a.m. and the race at 9:30 a.m., both of which will cover the same five-mile route. The first 75 to check-in on race day will get free t-shirts.

A $20 registration fee prior to race day or a $25 fee on race day is required. Event volunteers and additional donations are welcome.

The Northeast Harbor Ambulance Service Inc. has been providing emergency medical care to the residents and visitors of the town of Mount Desert and surrounding areas since 1938.

Ccontact Crow Athletics at 288-9828.

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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