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Moninda Marube and Kristin Barry win 2016 Bridgton 4 on the Fourth

Moninda Marube wins his third Bridgton 4 on the Fourth

Moninda Marube wins his third Bridgton 4 on the Fourth

Kristin Barry (2001) took home her second Bridgton 4 on the Fourth title

Kristin Barry (2001) took home her second Bridgton 4 on the Fourth title

(Bridgton ME) Moninda Marube won the Bridgton 4 on the Fourth for the third time in the last four years on a warm Monday July 4th morning.

Several thousand runners completed the 4-mile course.

In all three wins, Moninda has not been in any kind of competitive danger coming down Main Street.

In the other two wins, Moninda was still tight to the task along Main Street but not today.  He was smiling with thumbs up at the Bridgton Library well aware of Jim Johnson (2nd place finisher) being too far back to catch him.

I had hoped that last year’s winner (Andrew Stewart) would be in the field because if time’s mean anything the race down Main Street would have been close.  Maybe next year?

The 40th anniversary of the race had a special ring to it because previous winners were invited back.  Those that attended were given the racing bib number of the year they won the event.  Nice touch.

Colin Peddie owns race record at 18:46

Colin Peddie owns race record at 18:46

Got my first look at race record holder Colin Peddie.  The tall gentleman did the course in 18:46 in 1987.  Ben True was the closest to that record with an 18:58 in 2009.

I think you will need two very good runners in the race to push each other to a run at that 18:46. Moninda was able to win today’s race with a “leisurely” time of 20:41.

Jim Johnson took second.  Jim is from Madison (NH) and has been the New Hampshire Snowshoe’s Champion for the last eight years.

Silas Eastman (2012 winner) was third.  Silas was sporting the Colby colors.  He is a senior in the fall.  His parents were part of a storytelling performance that was at the Brick Church (Lovell) on Friday night.

Evan Turner (850) carries the colors down Main Street

Evan Turner (850) carries the colors down Main Street

Chris Garvin (4th) from Charlestown RI was 5th the last two years.

Nate Richards took fifth.  Nate is a senior at Principia College in Illinois.  Nate was 3rd last year.  He is currently a counselor at Camp Newfound in Harrison.

19-year-old Jose Rosas of Queen University in Charlotte (NC) ended 6th.  The sophomore’s time was 21:33.

Robert Hollis of UMaine Farmington was 7th.  Robert won this year’s North Atlantic Conference championship in cross country.

Chris Dunn, from Kennebunk, took 8th.  Chris was a senior as Southern Maine this year.

Kevin Tilton (9th) went to UNH.  He was 2nd in this race in 2004 and 2006.  He was 4th in 2008.

Andy Spaulding is a former winner (2002).  He ended 10th today. He is part of the management of the Dirigo running club.

Former winner Kristin Barry (2001) returned in style to finish first among the women and 31st overall (24:32).

Erin Flynn (left 2015) has leader Kristin Barry (2001) in her sights.

Leader Kristin Barry (2001) 

Erin Flynn had Kristin in her sights coming down Main Street but ended up settling for 2nd, finishing some eleven seconds after Kristin.  Erin won this race in 2009 and 2015.

Anna Laska of Bridgton and Fryeburg Academy was the third woman, finishing 46th overall.

The race is always fun to attend.  The surrounding camps are well represented and some of the counselors are high-quality runners.  Plenty of patriotic stuff among the participants.  I especially admire those who run and chant down Main Street after running 3+ milein 80-degrees heat.  Oh, to be young!

The highly competitiveness in this race ends pretty early after the top runners have gone by.  Many of the remaining runners look for familiar faces in the crowd.  I did see one young man leave the race, run up the stairs of the Bridgton Library, and plant a kiss on what I hope was a significant other.  My camera was not fast enough to catch that action!

RACE RESULTS

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Silas Eastman leads Chris Garvin

Silas Eastman leads Chris Garvin

Nate Richards (1384) Jose Rosas (2212) Robert Hollis (2216)

Nate Richards (1384) Jose Rosas (2212) Robert Hollis (2216)

Silas Eastman (2012) and Chris Garvin

Silas Eastman (2012) and Chris Garvin

Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson

Moninda Marube follows the police car with Jim Johnson in the distance

Moninda Marube follows the police car with Jim Johnson in the distance

Anna Laska

Anna Laska

Jennifer Smith stops to greet a friend

Jennifer Smith stops to greet a friend

Kelly Akerley of North Bridgton

Kelly Akerley of North Bridgton

The Woods

The Woods

Jeffrey Lindy of Brookline

Jeffrey Lindy of Brookline

Dan Allara of Hamilton-Wenham finished 17th

Dan Allara of Hamilton-Wenham finished 17th

Mike Brooks with bib Number One

Mike Brooks with bib Number One

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Phil Richert Wins Bridgton 4 on the Fourth Road Race

Part of the crowd of 1757 finishers at the Bridgton 4 on the Fourth road race.

(Bridgton ME) Steamy Bridgton was the scene of the 34th annual 4 on the Fourth road race.

Temperatures were in the 80s even at the 8AM start time from beside Food City.

Winner Phil Richert runs alone to victory in the 34th 4 on the Fourth

For the third straight year, the winner was a newcomer to the event.

I like to size up the runners as they prepare for the start to see if I can pick the winner.  After the race starts, I move over to in front of the Magic Lantern to get a great view of the runners cruising down Main Street and to see how I did.  I suspected that there were ringers in the race but chose the wrong one.  My wife, however, guessed Phil Richert and had the winner.

For the second straight year, the eventual winner ran Main Street without company.  The first competitive race was for fifth between Tim Even and John Bechshaw and Tim eventually won while John faded to seventh.

The race now attracts over 1500 runners and has come a long way from 1977 when it was started.  In that starting year, the race was held in DECEMBER with a course that included Chadbourne Road and Upper Ridge Road.  That race ended at the house of the organizer and hot cider was served to the 28 participants.

Later the starting point shifted to the golf course and the ending to Highland Lake.  The hassle of getting runners to the golf course caused it to be shifted to downtown Bridgton in the 1980s where it has stayed.  USA Track & Field have certified the course.

The event is very well organized from beginning to end.  There are still folks who think that they can drive along Main Street just before the runners show up.  Two cars tried it this year and judging by the number of stops they were forced into and the verbals they got, I doubt they’ll make the same mistake again.

Bowman Schneider (aged 7) was one of the 1757 finishers.

One change I noticed was that cones ran down the middle of Main Street giving the runners just half of the road.  With 1757 finishers, I’m not sure that was a great idea.

That high heat brought out health concerns.  You never worry about the elite runners because they have trained enough so that they could probably keep the same pace for another four miles.  It’s the folks who are trained but the heat gets them or the untrained that should be standing beside me rather than risking their lives in front of a large audience.  I did hear a couple of ambulances as I was leaving the race, before all had finished, and pray that there wasn’t a fatality.  I did see one scary elderly gentleman in the race look as if he was going to go down at any minute since he was running at about a 45 degrees angle.  Fortunately, it looked as if a family member was near him in case he headed for the pavement.

I did some online research on the top finishers after seeing their summer residences listed beside their names.  I just wanted to know a little more background.

Winner Phil Richert is from Minnesota and went to Wisconsin = Stevens Point.  The 23-year-old ran track there.  What’s he doing in Bridgton, Maine on a hot July 4th?  The Portland Press Herald found out that he has a summer job at Arcadia National Park in the gift shop on Cadillac Mountain.

Phil’s 19:58 winning time was quite a ways from that of record-setting Colin Peddie.  The 3-time winner ran the course in 18:46 in 1987.  Colin still holds a number of Maine state track records set while he was at Cheverus High School.

Noah Graboys, Douglas Whichard, and Richard Klauber finish 2nd, 3rd, and 4th

In second was Noah Graboys, who just graduated from New Trier High School in Illinois. If you want a favorite for next year, how about this kid?  He finished eighth in 2009.  It surprised me to see an elite runner like Noah have such long hair.  If he returns next year with short hair, he’s my favorite.  Noah’s brother, Sam, finished 11th and he’s just 15.  Both boys are again connected to Camp Wigwam in Waterford for the summer and have run the Bridgton race several times each.

Third was Douglas Whichard who finished 15th at Bridgton as a 16-year-old in 2006.  Doug is from California and is connected to the track program at UC Santa Barbara.

In fourth was Richard Klauber.  This was Richard’s first try at Bridgton.  He’s from Thomaston CT and now runs for Quinnipiac College.  He’ll be a junior.

The first truly local runner to show up was Stoneham’s Tim Even.  Tim is 21, attends the University of Southern Maine and runs track there.  He has been running Bridgton while he was at Fryeburg Academy and had been stuck in the teens for the past three tries.  This time, though, he put together his best time and best finish.

Erica Jesseman finishes first for the women and 14th overall

Scarborough’s Erica Jesseman finished 14th overall to pace the women finishers for the second time.  She also was the best woman in 2006.  She just graduated from UNH and starred in track.

(All information should be considered unofficial.)

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