The 2014 version of the Maine Marathon/Relay/Half Marathon was treated kindly by Mother Nature and once again produced some memorable results.
The 23rd running of the race, which traverses Portland, Falmouth, Cumberland and Yarmouth, returned to its traditional route after a one-year alteration due to construction on the Martin’s Point Bridge between Portland and Falmouth.
This year’s marathon champion was Moninda Marube of Auburn, who won last year’s half marathon and set the pace in 2 hours, 29 minutes and 56 seconds. Leah Frost of Vermont repeated as the women’s champion with a time of 2:51.53
The runner-up from each gender was from Portland.
Chris Harmon was the second-fastest male in 2:32.55. Chris Peverada of New Mexico was third (2:36.17) and Falmouth’s Jesse Hugo placed fourth (2:39.99). Hugo won the male 20-29 division.
Portland’s Michelle Lilienthal was second on the women’s side in 2:58.06. Brunswick’s Christin Twining came in third (3:07.14).
Portland’s Colin Schless was first in the male 30-34 division (2:57.44).
Scarborough’s Meg Kirsch came in first in the female under-19 division (4:38.36).
Falmouth’s Kathryn Tolford was tops in the female 60-64 division (4:43.15).
Over 1,000 runners competed in the marathon this year.
In the half marathon, Portland’s Sam Seekins led the way with a time of 1:11.29. Ivan Reznik of Russia was runner-up (1:12.56), while Robert Gomez, last year’s marathon champion, came in third (1:14.35).
On the women’s side, North Yarmouth’s Christine Irish was first in 1:23.41. Portland’s Claire Regenstreif was second (1:25.05) and Erin Chalat of Cape Elizabeth was third in 1:28.26.
Scarborough’s Greg Fullman was first in the male 20-29 division (1:18.11).
Falmouth’s Hans Brandes placed first in the male 55-59 division (1:29.58).
Cumberland’s Bob Stuart came in first in the male 60-64 division (1:42.08).
Falmouth’s Rebecca Wimert placed first in the female 35-39 division (1:32.48).
Portland’s Julia Kirtland finished first in the female 45-49 division (1:30.10).
Almost 2,000 runners competed in the half marathon.
The relay champion (out of 94 teams) was Chuck Wagon Trail, which had a time of 2:29.02.
“It was outstanding, it couldn’t have gone any better,” said race co-director Howard Spear. “We had perfect weather, a great turnout and no issues with runners or traffic. There were no complaints I heard of other than port-a-potties getting delivered to last year’s course (which was different due to the Martin’s Point Bridge construction).”
This year’s charity was the Robbie Foundation, which provides therapy, support and adaptive equipment for critically ill children. The Robbie Foundation will also be the 2015 beneficiary.
“We committed $50,000 each of the next two years to the Robbie Foundation and this year, we should give out $85,000 total to various charities,” Spear said.
The 23rd version of the race will be held Oct. 4, 2015. Expect more of the same, namely a great race.
“Outside the scenes, things go very well,” Spear said. “That’s because we have great volunteers and a great community who love doing this.”
Portland’s Robert Gomez sets the pace in the half marathon at Sunday’s Maine Marathon. Gomez, the defending marathon champion, wound up third.
Falmouth’s Jesse Hugo left the competition in his wake en route to a strong fourth-place performance in the marathon.