Eastman shatters Lovell record

VICTORY SMILES — Silas Eastman and Terry Ballou were the top male and female finishers at the 8th Annual Lovell Old Home Days 5K. (Photo by Frederic S. Sater)

LOVELL — July has been a very fast month for Silas Eastman.

It started with an impressive win at Bridgton’s 4 on the Fourth race and continued on Saturday at Lovell’s Old Home Days 5K where he shattered the previous course record of 16:10, set in 2006 by David Hunt, with a time of 15 minutes 37 seconds.

Eastman, 17 of Chatham, N.H., will be a senior this fall at Fryeburg Academy.

Terry Ballou repeated as overall female winner with a time of 19:10. Fresh from competing in the Master’s Invitational in Eugene, Oreg., Terry cruised finishing more than two minutes ahead of the next female runner.

Both Eastman and Ballou received awards designed by Conway glassblower, Nathan Macomber.

One hundred-twenty eight competitors ran the course that finished at the Lovell Athletic Field.

“What a joy to see Carol Roberts, running her first race ever, finish with a smile on her face,” said Stan Tupaj, race director. “The mother-daughter duo of Sarah and Michelle Boucher were just one of many family combos to enjoy the race. And how about Bryce Thurston and his son Jake, finishing the race in the top 20 and then returning to the course to escort Laurie Ramsay to the finish line?”

Race proceeds are evenly split between the Lovell Recreation Department and the Old Home Days Parade.

The event would not be possible without the generous support of sponsors: Norway Savings Bank, Midtown Marketing Services, Muddy Moose Restaurant, Bennett Transportation, Bliss & Associates, FairPoint Communications, Harvest Gold Gallery, Michael Friedman, Esq., Doyle Antiques, Micklon Tree & Landscaping, JB Storage, White Birch Guide Service, Mo’s Electric & Solar, Chet Rogers, Thurston Home Builders, Drew Corporation, Dr. N. Scott Ferguson, Rachel Kuvaja, Ski Sundries, Bob the Screenprinter and Kezar Realty.

Poland Spring, Rosie’s, Ebenezer’s Pub and the Center Lovell Market all contributed to the post-race refreshments.

The Frontside Grind, New Balance Factory Store, the AMC, Lake Kezar Country Club, Kezar Lake Marina, Pirate’s Cove Golf and the Stow Corner Store provided wonderful prizes for the random awards.

“A special thank you goes to all of the volunteers who work every year to make this race a success and especially to the residents of Lovell for their enthusiasm and to the Old Home Days Committee for their support,” Tupaj said.

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