Gomez and Nicholas cycle through hills and valleys for second firsts in Waldoboro Half Marathon – Knox County VillageSoup
WALDOBORO – For the second year in a row, no one has been able to keep pace with Robert Gomez on the hilly, rugged and grueling 13.1 mile course on Saturday, September 25. The only difference in 2021 was that there were fewer challenges for his supremacy on the road.
Gomez, 38, of Biddeford – a Midcoast native – was the first to finish among 12 participants in the annual Waldoboro Half Marathon. He was done in an hour, 20 minutes and six point one seconds.
Photos and videos from the event will appear later with this story.
Laurie Nicholas, 53, of Gorham was again the first woman to finish, as she finished fifth overall in 1: 49: 17.0.
While Gomez narrowly missed his course record of 1: 19: 17.9, Nicholas improved on his mark of 1: 50: 20.8 set last year. She also holds the record for the female master’s course.
The course started at Moody’s Diner and ended at Odd Alewives Farm Brewery.
Lucas McNelly, race director, said it was a “light crowd” this year, and many factors contributed, including the threat of thunderstorms, few in-person races in the past. year and a half due to the pandemic and other events taking place on the same weekend.
“The race went off without a hitch,” he said. “Beautiful weather. Great group of runners and volunteers.
As winners, Gomez and Nicholas received a $ 50 gift card to Moody’s Diner.
As always, after completing New England’s “toughest half marathon,” McNelly said, each runner won a beer from the Odd Alewives Farm brewery.
Why does McNelly call it the “hardest” half marathon? Following the lead of the Millinocket Marathon, he said he and others are embracing a DIY philosophy. Hence the motto of the Waldoboro Half Marathon: “No Frills. Just hills. There are no brass bands on the course, no exhibition and no official water points.
McNelly said Waldoboro is built on hills. Lots of hills. The 5K Waldoboro Day is widely rated as one of Maine’s toughest 3.1-mile trails. But that doesn’t have any of the tough hills, he said. To really run Waldoboro, you have to run the big hills. So the Waldoboro Half-Marathon: The toughest road half-marathon in New England (and, it would say, the eastern United States).
“We think he’s one of the toughest in the country and probably has the toughest finish,” he said.
McNelly said the event organizers climbed as many hills as they could over 13.1 miles without having to cross Highway 1. In fact, they crammed about 1,400 feet in elevation over 13.1 miles – 550 feet elevation in the last 3.5 miles – to take one to their limit.
There are seven hills with a slope of at least 10 percent, two of which are in the last mile. Forty-five percent of the route is uphill.
You must also qualify to participate in the Waldoboro Half Marathon.
The qualification standards were: half marathon: 2h15. 15 miles: 2h35. 30K: 3:20. 20 miles: 3h35. Marathon: 4:40.
“It’s not so much to keep people out, but to make sure everyone who starts the race can finish it,” McNelly said.
The individual results of the 2021 half marathon were: 1, Gomez, 38, Biddeford, 1:20:06.1; 2, Derek Barnett, 34, Jefferson, 1: 35: 30.3; 3, Darren Winchenbach, 40, Saco, 1: 43: 18.8; 4, Julian Killough-Miller, 30, Oakham, Mass., 1:48:11.9; 5, Nichols, 53, Gorham, 1:49: 17.0; 6, Jill Hempen-Anthony, 46, Newburyport, Mass., 1: 57: 19.1; 7, Tim Harkins, 53, Bain, 2:03:04 am; 8, Jim Flanagan, 41, South Portland, 41, 2:03:33 4; 9, Kristyn Kleman, 31, Bristol, 2:06:40.8; 10, Dale Turner, 65, Waldoboro, 2:07:28; 11, Jonathan Goshea, 46, Richmond, Virginia, 2: 21: 19.2; and 12, Name not available, 2: 25: 03.7.
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