Cake, Hubbell Win Rolling Bones 5K

BAR HARBOR — Despite wind and rain, 55 hardy runners turned out in Bar Harbor on Saturday for the Rolling Bones 5K, the first of two Halloween races presented by Eden Athletics.

First to cross the finish line was perennial race-winner Judson Cake. The weather was only a slight disappointment to Cake who has spent most of the last two months training for bicycle racing and doing hardly any running.

“I’d been working on my costume all week,” Cake said. “I had made this entire bicycle frame out of balloons that I was going to harness myself to. But the wind would have blown it all to heck.”

Cake finished in 16:52, an ambling pace compared to his usual blistering 5K times. “To run fast you have to run in training,” he said. “But I’ve still got plenty of strength from the biking.”

Apparently so – Cake set a new course record two weeks ago at the Sugarloaf Uphill Climb foot race at Carrabassett Valley.

The women’s race was won in 22:34 by eighth-grader Nora Hubbell who was joined by racing classmates Maggie and Annie Painter, all fresh from Emerson School’s undefeated cross country season.

While the middle school cross-country courses that Hubbell and her teammates are familiar with are usually less than 2 miles long, Hubbell says she likes the 3.1-mile 5K distance. “I just tried to stay comfortable and it worked out with the wind. It felt great coming back at the end.”

Hubbell, who credits her strength on Saturday to chasing her friend Maggie Painter all year, also liked the larger field of 32 women and 23 men. “It’s easier and more fun to run in a pack.”

The Rolling Bones race also serves as a graduation of sorts for the Eden Athletics Club’s First Strides program for beginning adult runners. The First Strides group has been meeting twice a week at Eagle Lake since August and all 11 program participants crossed the finish line on Saturday smiling.

Eden Athletics’ last road race of the year, the quarter-mile Ledgelawn 400, will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 on Ledgelawn Avenue before the Bar Harbor Halloween festivities.

The Rolling Bones 5K and Ledgelawn 400 races both benefit the Emerson eighth-grade’s class trip.

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