With the hottest race-day temperatures on record (high 80s at the finish—even too hot for the blackflies), this year’s Cobscook Bay 10K/5K brought together more than 150 runners and walkers from Maine and beyond in support of Down East Hospice. The dominant theme of the 10K was the strength of the women’s field. Sarah Mulcahy (41:59) of Woodland was edged out in just the last few yards by Peter Lodge (41:58) of Bangor. In fact, four of the top ten finishers were women. Another impressive fact is that eight of the top ten finishers in the 10K were age forty or older. Local favorite Austin Townsend, Jr., ran a respectable 43:55 for fourth place, and fellow Perry resident Stephanie Allard, the second woman overall strided across the line with an impressive 47:06. This year’s 10K participants ranged in ages between 8 and 73 years young. The seniormost participant, who walked the 5K race, was 89––or to be precise, in her own words: “89 and a half!”
The Cobscook Bay race for Down East Hospice features a one-mile Fun Run for children ages ten and younger; the 5K run/walk; and a nationally certified 10K run/walk—among New England’s most scenic race courses. The 10K finishes at Pembroke’s Reversing Falls Park, where participants enjoy a post-race picnic with fresh salmon, barbeque fare, and potluck items.
Down East Hospice is the only all-volunteer program offering cost-free comfort care for the terminally ill, the grieving, and their families throughout Washington County, Maine. This event is a community-wide effort that brings together a diverse group of individuals—giving their time and goodwill for a good cause. The race asserts the ethic of volunteerism here in eastern Washington County