BAR HARBOR — Twenty-five runners hustled around the Mount Desert Island High School track this last week in the sixth annual Eden Athletics Track Festival.
In the open mile event, seasoned runner Nikkos Christ finished the roughly four laps in a speedy 4 minutes and 36 seconds, leaving behind the closest competition by more than one-and-a-half minutes.
Chris Wintworth and Ron Korstanje finished in second and third places in this same event, posting times of 6:13 and 6:16.
Despite these more notable performances in the one-mile event, it was the fifth-place finisher that caught the eye of the past president of Eden Athletics, Frank Hague. Seven-year-old Noah Daigle posted a time of 8 minutes and 8 seconds, quick enough at his young age that Mr. Hague had to recheck the time sheets once the results had been posted.
In addition to these top performers, the three other races contained a mix of practiced and casual runners. Bob Bachorik, the oldest participant in the track festival, crossed the finish line of the two-mile race just ahead of the two remaining racers in 15 minutes and 35 seconds. Mr. Bachorik is 68 years old.
First place in the two-mile event went to Chris Holt, with a time of 12 minutes and 12 seconds; second and third places were secured by Mark Wanner and Gareth Howell, with times of 12:35 and 12:40.
Two other events were a 400-meter race, held especially for the youngsters, and a 4×400 meter relay event, with teams sporting such flamboyant names as Team Bright Orange, the Welsh Dragons, and the Fly Dutchman. Team Bright Orange took first place in the 4×400 event.
Eden Athletics is a local running club comprised of year-round and summer MDI residents that has been organizing running events for more than six years. The club offers introductory courses for running and walking for individuals of all ages and fitness levels.
The Eden Track Festival was sponsored by Jack Russell’s Steakhouse, The First bank, Cadillac Mountain Sports, Hannaford, and Mount Desert Spring Water.