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Dom Sclafani and Carissa Winning breeze in Harrison 5K Run by the Lake

Carissa Winning tops women

Dom Sclafani wins race

(Harrison ME) “Back so soon?”

That’s what someone asked as Dom Sclafani came over the hill past the Harrison boat landing.

But he was back, and it was “soon.”

Dom finished the Harrison 5K Run by the Lake in 16:26 to win for the second straight year.

The recent graduate from Oxford Hills started fast and never let up.  His margin over Oxford Hills’ junior Noah Currier was over 2 ½ minutes.

I asked Dom afterwards about running a race with no challengers.  “I run for fun.  I keep track of how I’m doing in my head.”

Dom will be attending Wheaton College (Norton MA) in the fall.  “I plan to major in Bio/Chem,” he told me.  “Running had nothing to do with my going there but the cross-country coach at Wheaton wants me to run so I probably will.”

Dom (in orange) wastes little time separating from the rest of the runners

Carissa Winning of Norway (ME) ended up 8th overall and dominated the women’s division.  Carissa came across at the post-office finish two minutes and forty-three seconds ahead of the next woman, Carrie Bush.

Nice night for running.  The 7PM starting time makes plenty of sense temperature wise.

The number of runners was well below what it has been in the past.  Reason?  The race is run on Wednesday’s and this year the 4th was a Wednesday.  Usually the race is the night before Old Home Days starts but the 4th had the Bridgton race going.  It just didn’t work out.

The Bommer family took part – Amelia, Arno, Alyssa

This race is more of a family event anyhow.  Most of the spectators know the runners and there are plenty of smiles to be seen.

I asked Dom where his interest in running came from: “I started running toward the end of 8th grade.  I began to take it seriously during my junior year of cross-country at Oxford Hills.”

Dom’s running certainly has improved.  He ran over a minute faster this year.  He also keeps inching up the list of finishers in the prestigious Bridgton 4 on the 4th taking 8th last week.  “I was about 10-20 seconds out of 7th.  I will keep working and see if I can do better.”

I was impressed with the Back 40 stat service which covered this race.  Generally, with previous Harrison 5K’s the results aren’t posted online until the day after the race.  Tonight the results were already online when I left the awards ceremony.  That’s service!  However, the Back 40’s speediness does pressure me to get my coverage posted since I have no excuse to wait until tomorrow to do it.

Race results

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Noah Currier 2nd

Erik Martin 3rd

Lokesh Kumar Meena 4th

Devyn Hatch 5th

Kyle Spangler 6th

Arno Bommer 7th

Last hill – Ashley Mayhan and Brailey Sands

Lilli Ackers and Kim Spangler

Dom comes over the hill past the town wharf

Back 40

 

 

 

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2017 Harrison Old Home Days Grand Parade

Young participant in the 2017 Harrison Old Home Days parade

Veterans on parade

(Harrison ME) It is the question that separates the first-timers from the veterans: “Is that it?”

The first-timer to the Grand Parade at Harrison’s Old Home Days is never prepared for the length of this parade.

Come a little late and you find that the percentage of the parade missed is surprisingly significant.

This year’s edition lasted fifteen minutes.  That was all of it!

And I enjoyed it.

Eagle overhead

I also enjoyed checking out geese parading, a young man jumping into Long Lake, and catching an eagle overhead while waiting for the parade to start.  What an area!

The parade wasted no time with the minimum of frills.

On a hot Saturday afternoon, with Long Lake rippling nearby, an uncomplicated collection of representations was perfect.

Fire equipment is a staple.  I always like to get a picture of little ones riding up front.

In a non-election year there were no politicians to be found.  Funny how they find time in election years to attend.

No sign of the Kora little cars this year.  I’m starting to think that they come every other year.

Volunteer marching band

I was impressed with the volunteer band.  The sound was good and they looked like they were enjoying themselves.

Camp Wigwam was on hand with a nifty assortment of water guns.  My camera did not get fired at which spared the camp a possible lawsuit…..just kidding.

Averill Davis continued his string of appearances with his Woody.

Brian and his John Deere tractor were back in the parade.

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Parade heads toward downtown Harrison

Girls afloat

Talent on the street

Camp Wigwam counselor

Water in the air

Brian with his John Deere tractor

Averill Davis

Doozy

Volunteer drummer

Volunteer drummer

clarinet player

Stirred up Long Lake

Jumping into Harrison Bay

Geese in parade

 

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2016 Harrison Old Home Days Grand Parade

Family enjoys the 2016 Harrison Old Home Days parade

Family enjoys the 2016 Harrison Old Home Days parade

Harrison 7 riders

Harrison 7 riders

(Harrison ME) Looked like rain but it didn’t happen and the Grand Parade for Harrison’s Old Home Days took place on Saturday afternoon.

I delayed my arrival just in case it started raining and learned the hard way that when it’s noon that parade will start.  A parade with hours of action can be arrived at late with no consequence but not a twenty-minute parade.  Point?  I missed a couple of the early paraders.

Last year’s policy of no sirens was again in effect.  Also the absence of signs about the parade on Route 117 was noted.  Some folks learned too late that they were indeed part of a parade of cars crawling through downtown Harrison.

Phyliss Ginzler

Phyliss Ginzler

Jim Hamper

Jim Hamper

Local politicians state rep Phyliss Ginzler and state senator Jim Hamper were on Main Street.

The little Kora cars always put on a nice show.  As a driver ed teacher I cringe at the quick turning and weaving that is part of their routine.  Kora did have an accompanying road service vehicle with them just in case.

hp-A6-Andy-Valley-softballThe 12-under Andy Valley softball used the parade to show their recently won championship banner and to fund raise for the upcoming regionals.

No animals in this year’s parade.

Averill Davis, as expected, gave his Woody a run down Main Street.  How many years has it been?

Camp Wigwam of Waterford was the only camp to appear.  Armed with water guns, they were wisely instructed not to shoot at an oldster with a camera.

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Ruby Slipper float

Ruby Slipper float

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Averill Davis

Averill Davis

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grand marshall

grand marshall

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Camp Wigwam float

Camp Wigwam float

 

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Jordan Cole and Shannon LeVangie win Harrison 5K by the Lake

Jordan Cole cruises home to win the 13th annual Harrison 5K over Dom Sclafani

Jordan Cole cruises home to win the 13th annual Harrison 5K over Dom Sclafani

Remarkable finish by 13-year-old Shannon LeVangie earned her the top spot for the women.

Remarkable finish by 13-year-old Shannon LeVangie earned her the top spot for the women.

(Harrison ME) It wasn’t advertised as a kiddie run but the younger folks dominated the 13th annual Harrison Recreation Department 5K by the Lake on Wednesday night in Harrison, Maine.

Teenagers Jordan Cole (17) and Dom Sclafani (15) were the top two finishers.

Two more teenagers, Shannon LeVangie (13) and Jillian Davis (13) claimed the top spots on the women’s side.

Jordan (18:49) and Dom (19:13) separated from the pack quickly and left little doubt that they would be the top two finishers.

Jordan will be a senior at Lisbon High School and has been very successful versus high school competition. He finished 4th in the Maine state meet in June in the 3200 meter race.

Dom will be a junior at Oxford Hills High School.

Erik Martin (19:40) and Arno Bommer (19:44) duked it out along Route 117 with Erik holding the lead.

Arno, from nearby (?) Houston TX, took second last year at 18:51. A time like that in 2015 would have given Jordan Cole plenty to think about. Last year’s winner David Krall ran the race in 18:11.

Arno also was the only returning top ten finisher from 2014. The turnover in participants in the Harrison 5K continues to amaze me.

Teenager Nick Hoch (14) coasted to 5th over Christopher Hayes of Raymond.

The battle for 7th was a close one. Brian Ladd finished very strong to get the spot.

The battle for 7th was a close one. Brian Ladd finished very strong to get the spot.

The battle for 7th was very competitive. Four runners (Michael Mayetes, Zachary Hoexter, Brian Ladd, and David Brooks) were seen jockeying for position near the Gateway Marina and that jockeying continues past the Grange to the Post Office finish. Brian Ladd got the job done for 7th.

From my Long Lake Park vantage point, I was quite sure that Jillian Davis would be the girls’ winner. But that is not the way it turned out. Somewhere between Long Lake Park and the finish, Shannon LeVangie (Hanover, MA) gained ground at a remarkable rate to nip Jillian by two seconds.

Misty Brown of Wilmington, North Carolina finished 3rd in the women’s division.

The weather was pleasant: low 70’s with a little breeze.

Good idea by those in charge of the race to limit the amount of time the runners interfered with traffic. Once the runners got down to the Harrison Boat Launch they were limited to the well-marked breakdown lane (on the Route 117 part) the rest of the race. Only problem? The limited space made it tough for runners trying to pass other runners especially near the end of the race on 117.

Official race stats  – http://www.coolrunning.com/results/15/me/Jul8_Harris_set1.shtml

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Jordan Cole (1st)

Jordan Cole (1st)

Dom Sclafani (2nd)

Dom Sclafani (2nd)

Erik Martin (3rd)

Erik Martin (3rd)

Arno Bommer (4th)

Arno Bommer (4th)

battle for third between Erik Martin and Arno Bommer

battle for third between Erik Martin and Arno Bommer

Misty Brown (3rd woman)

Misty Brown (3rd woman)

Wesley Martin (9)

Wesley Martin (9)

Jillian Davis ( #36) gets caught down the stretch

Jillian Davis ( #36) gets caught down the stretch

Nicholas Houch (14) from Hiram

Nick Hoch (14) from Needham

the race for fifth

the race for fifth

Joseph Buckley (9)

Joseph Buckley (9)

Denise Chicoing

Denise Chicoing

Alexandra Sykes

Alexandra Sykes

Leanne Weston rolls to the finish

Leanne Weston rolls to the finish

battle for 7th in front of Grange

battle for 7th in front of Grange

 

 

 

 

 

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Harrison Old Home Days parade 2014

These are my pictures from the 2014 Harrison Old Home Days parade:

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2013 Harrison Old Home Days parade

fire engine girl

fire engine girl

hp A9 veteran 1hp A10 veteran 2(Harrison) I’ll admit it.  I used to go to the Harrison Old Home Days parade for the candy.  In fact, I used to bring my granddaughters along because they would attract candy tossers.

But that was until I started taking pictures for this blog.  I now take my camera to every event I attend and almost always give the event a blog entry including pictures.

If you peruse my blog you’ll see that most of the events I attend are sports related.  I’m getting to like parades because the participants see a camera and pose without encouragement.

Temperatures today (Saturday) were in the low 80’s and there was plenty of shade along the Main Street route to please spectators.

twins

twins

(I do not sell pictures.  However, I will send, via email, the original copy of a picture in its unedited condition to anyone requesting it.)

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