(Bridgton ME) Jonny Wilson from Falmouth (ME) and the University of Richmond won the 35th 4 on the 4th road race on Monday morning at Bridgton in 20:19.
A record-setting 1849 runners finished the race on an overcast morning with temperatures close to 70 degrees at the muggy 8AM start. In typical Maine weather fashion, the temperatures rose into the 80s by early afternoon before a rowdy thunder/lightning storm appeared in mid-afternoon only to be followed by very pleasant temps in the upper 70s later in the afternoon. The good news was that the warm weather and the showers didn’t show up until after the race was over.
The first five finishers (Jonny Wilson, Richard Klauber, Christopher Harmon, John Vallo, and Sean Livingston) ran from the turn onto Main Street past The Magic Lantern with comfortable cushions between each other.
Jonny’s lead was a little difficult to gauge because the police escort came down part of the hill before turning off. Once the escort left it was clear that Jonny (red shirt senior on this year’s Spider track team) was not going to be caught by Richard Klauber. Last year’s winner, Phil Richert (19:58), was past The Magic Lantern before another runner appeared at the top of the hill.
The final positioning for places 6-11 (Pickles Lajoie, Silas Eastman, Tim Even, Erica Jesseman, Pete Bottomley, and John Barbour) was settled after the Magic Lantern. Pickles had 6th going past me but had to run for his life after Reny’s to keep that spot.
Tim Even made up at least three spots after he passed by me.
My wife and I always are on hand at the start to make our winner selections. She had Phil Richert last year! This time she went with Richard Klauber who finished second. I went with Tim Even. He finished fifth last year but this time lost contact with the top five and had to sprint in the last hundred yards to get 8th.
John Vallo (4th), Pickles Lajoie (6th), and Tim Even (8th) all were connected to the University of Southern Maine’s track team this past season.
Christopher Harmon (3rd) was a senior at Maine this year and part of their track program.
Sean Livingston (5th) won this race in 2005 and 2006. The 42-year-old from Barrington, Rhode Island coaches cross country at Roger Williams University in Bristol (RI).
Silas Eastman (7th) is only 16. He was 6th last year and 7th the year before as a 14-year-old. He’ll be a senior at nearby Fryeburg Academy in the fall.
Erica Jesseman (9th) was the top woman finisher this year, last year, and in 2006. The former UNH runner dropped nearly a minute off her time (23:06) last year to this year (22:10).
Pete Bottomley (10th) finished ninth last year. The 49-year-old started running as a senior at Oxford (ME) Hills and then went on to make the cross country team at Maine.
John Barbour (11th) is a 57-year-old who qualified in 1988 and 1996 for the Olympic Marathon Trials. Recently he started an indoor track team at Manchester-Essex High school in Manchester, Massachusetts. He lives in Gloucester (MA).
Kristin Barry (12th) helped run the Cheverus track program this school year. She is 37 and the mother of two. She was a very successful runner at Dartmouth before going to Georgetown to become a lawyer. Last year she was the 10th woman finisher at the Beach to Beacon 10K and the first female Mainer to cross the finish line.
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