Photo Courtesy Crow Athletics

Runners are all smiles for round-MDI relay

Photo Courtesy Crow Athletics

“The Burnt Leftovers” team in Friday’s 12th annual July Fourth Around MDI Relay race sported aprons for their run and finished second in the race. Standing, from left: Gareth Howell, Mark Wanner, Rick Maser, Ron Korstanje, Zhong-Wei Zhang, Laura Anderson, Christa Brey and Andrew Kephart. Kneeling: Jennifer VanDongen.

BAR HARBOR — The “Crow Athletics” team, named for the running club organizing the event, won the July Fourth around Mount Desert Island Relay Friday. “Crow Athletics” finished the race in 7:23.22 just ahead of “Burnt Leftovers” in second with a time of 7:48.15.

Participation was up for this year’s race. Ten teams completed the 61.09-mile course, which touches every town and village on MDI. Barbie dolls used as relay batons are handed from runner to runner as part of the costumed festivities. The starting and finish line and post-race awards were held at Mainely Meat BBQ in Town Hill.

“This was our 12th straight year,” organizer Gary Allen said. He loves that the event “ties every community together in a continuous line of sweat and fun.”

Organizers use a staggered start system, based on each runner’s expected 10k pace, so the teams could finish at around the same time.

Most teams had nine members, with one six-to-nine-mile leg of the race apiece. “Relentless Forward Motion” finished fourth with only four runners. “Front Runners New York” had only two. The next four teams finished within two minutes of each other at around eight and a half hours.

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Total team results:

“Crow Athletics”  7:23.22

“Burnt Leftovers” 7:48.15

“Ladies in Red”    8:30.27

“Relentless Forward Motion”  8:30.43

“The Arduous Arrowheads”    8:31.00

“The Narwhal Project (reprise)”        8:31.13

“Scrambled Legs” 8:38.00

“Front Runners New York”    8:44.51

“I Thought This Was a 5k”     8:53.10

“Maine Running Fossils”         9:06.09

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Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.