ORLAND—Eric Mauricette, 26, of Baileyville crossed the finish line first—amongst a field of 32 runners and one black bear—in this year’s Wildlands Trail Race October 29. Mauricette charged through the mountainous 6.3-mile course in 46:18. Jennifer VanDongen, 40, of Bar Harbor was the first female finisher (and fourth overall) for the fifth year in a row, finishing in 48:46. The two will now go on to compete in Frenchman Bay Conservancy’s Autumn Trail Run in Sullivan Nov. 5, seeking to take home the Downeast Double Trouble Trail Race Challenge crown.
Coming in second overall in the run was Clifford Watson, 35 of Bucksport, with a time of 46:43; third was Andrew Knightly, 45 of Bangor, finishing in 48:12. In the women’s division, second place finisher (and 13th overall) was Lauren Jacobs, 32, of Old Town, with a time of 58:28, and third place went to Katrina Linscott, 36, of Seal Cove, who finished the course in 14th place overall in 58:37. The bear was spotted running but did not cross the finish line. CLICK HERE for 6.3-mile run results. CLICK HERE for photos of the day’s events!
This year’s event in the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands also included a new two-mile fun run, won by 15-year-old Finian Burns of Bass Harbor, with a time of 12:42. He was followed by his brother Francis, 12, with a time of 16:02, and 11-year-old Kasper Hansen of Franklin with a time of 18:05. In the female division, 11-year-old Anasofia Hansen of Franklin took home the prize with a time of 18:57, followed by Kristen Gaylord, 32 of Orland with 19:12, and Tamera Murphy, 59, of Trenton with 20:37. Twenty-two runners participated in the fun run. CLICK HERE for Fun Run results.
Races were sponsored by Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust, and proceeds benefited the 4,500-acre Great Pond Mountain Wildlands. Go to www.frenchmanbay.org for more info on the FBC Autumn Trail Race Nov. 5.
Thanks to Peter Keeney, Jennifer Riefler and Bonnie MacBrayne for their organization, and to our sponsors: Awards, Signage & Trophies; Dave’s Tractor Services; Tradewinds Market; Cadillac Mountain Sports; Bucksport Hannaford; MacLeod’s Restaurant & Pub; Grand Rental Station. Thanks also to our door prize donors: Curtis Family Shoe; Great Maine Lumberjack Show; Epi Sub; Jordan’s Restaurant; A & B Naturals; Bar Harbor Ferry Co.; Downeast Windjammers; National Park Tours; Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium; Pat’s Pizza.