Runners take off at the start of the Veterans Remembrance Road Race on Nov. 8 at the Down East Family YMCA in Ellsworth. The race was the second held by DEFY this year. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL

Down East Family YMCA holds Veterans Remembrance Road Race



ELLSWORTH — Local runners met Sunday morning at the Down East Family YMCA to compete in the Y’s latest road race.

A total of 54 people competed in the seventh running of the Veterans Remembrance Road Race. The race was DEFY’s second of the year following the Roger Willey 5K/10K in September.

Judson Cake was the top overall finisher with a time of 22 minutes, 51.9 seconds, and Peter Williams placed second with a time of 23:39.4. Lydia McCarthy was the top finisher on the women’s side with a time of 29:39.9.

Following Governor Janet Mills’ statewide mask mandate issued last week, runners also were given the option of a virtual race if they felt unsafe running while masked. DEFY Fitness Director Robin Clarke said those who participated in the in-person race showed extraordinary compliance.

“I was nervous, but everyone complied, and no one passed out,” Clarke said. “The running community was very happy to see their running friends and be at a real, in-person race.”

Military veterans competed for free in the race, which was sponsored by The First National Bank. Race winners received wreaths courtesy of Worcester Wreath Co.

Proceeds from the race, Clarke said, will be donated to the Maine Veterans Project and The Veterans Project.

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