LAMOINE — The eleventh edition of the Flattop 5K – a road race held in honor of the late Bill Pinkham – is set for Saturday, March 26.
The race, organized by Eden Athletics, will kick off the 2016 Smile Design Ellsworth and Eden Athletics Point Series.
“He was an avid racer,” Eden Athletics President Christa Brey said of Pinkham, who was a fixture in the community before passing away in 2005 at the age of 62, just moments after completing the Walter Hunt Fourth of July Road Race in Bangor.
He served as the former chief of the Maine Marine Patrol, as a state representative and as Lamoine’s harbormaster.
“We have more than 300 people who participate every year,” Race Director Robin Emery said. “Many of his [Bill Pinkham] friends and family members also come to the race.”
Emery, a resident of Lamoine and member of the Maine Running Hall of Fame, has herself participated in all of the Flattop 5K races in the past decade.
Louie Luchini of Ellsworth, 33, who set the course record in 2010 with his time of 14:58, won last year’s race in 16:41. For the women, Sarah Mulcahy, 29, of Baring Plantation won in 18:47.
The three-mile race both starts and ends at the Lamoine Consolidated School, which is on Route 184, about six miles from the intersection of Routes 1 and 184.
The kids’ one-mile fun run will start at 9:30 a.m. The 5K gets underway at 10 a.m.
The registration fee for this year’s event is $15 for the 5K race and $1 for the fun run. Proceeds support a scholarship fund for a student runner at Sumner High School.
Pre-race registrations may be sent to Robin Emery, 11 Lamoine Beach Road, Lamoine, ME 04605.
Registration closes on race day at 9:30 a.m. Call Robin Emery at 667-9219.