Lovell Old Home Days 5K

Silas Eastman (right) won his sixth straight Lovell Old Home Days 5K race with Kenneth Foster second. (Rivet Photos)

Silas Eastman (right) won his sixth straight Lovell Old Home Days 5K race with Kenneth Foster second. (Rivet Photos)

LOVELL — As he made the final turn heading toward the Lovell Athletic Field and the race finish line, Ken Foster had a chance to join a select threesome.

In the history of the Old Home Days 5K, only three runners had claimed victory — David Hunt, Tim Even and Silas Eastman.

Foster had a couple of steps on Silas Eastman as the pair prepared for the stretch run, but he was unable to hold on.

Eastman won his sixth straight Lovell race Saturday with a time of 15 minutes, 50 seconds — ahead of Foster, who settled for second in 15:55.

Eastman, who runs for Colby College, set a course record last year in 15:30. He ran a 15:38 in 2014.

Christie Foster was the fastest female, checking in third overall in 18:08, over a minute ahead of past Lovell champion Terry Ballou of Center Conway, N.H., who finished in 19:51, good for eighth overall.

First female Christie Foster

First female Christie Foster

Over its 12-year history, the Lovell Old Home Days 5K Run has attracted a large number of fast runners. Despite the humid weather, this year was no different as 8 of the first 10 runners had sub-20 minute times.

There were a record 149 runners crossing the finish line.

Both Christie Foster and Kenneth Foster were in the area visiting. Both Eastman and Foster received awards designed by Conway glassblower, Nathan Macomber.

In addition to the top-performing runners, the Lovell 5K every year seems to inspire local participants who have never run in an event.

“Congratulations to Kristen Charette for coaching and inspiring a large group of first-time runners and walkers from the North Fryeburg Community Chapel,” Race Director Stan Tupaj said. “It is always a great sight to see everyone enjoy the morning and be proud of their accomplishment as they crossed the finish line.”

At 81, John Howe of Waterford was once again the oldest finisher.

Overall Results

  1. Silas Eastman, 21, Chatham, NH, 15:50
  2. Kenneth Foster, 30, 15:55
  3. Christine Foster, 28, 18:08
  4. Alfie Walker, 15, Fryeburg, 18:33
  5. Christian Bedell, 17, Center Lovell, 18:55
  6. Gardner Waldeier, 34, 19:23
  7. Arno Bommer, 56, Houston, TX, 19:42
  8. Terry Ballou, 48, Center Conway, NH, 19:51
  9. Emily Carty, 15, Sweden, 20:23
  10. Stephanie Beattie, 35, 20:35
  11. Mike Maguire, 46, Lovell, 20:43
  12. Leo Scheidl, 48, West Baldwin, 20:50
  13. Andrew Black, 54, Sweden, 20:53
  14. Jesse Gildesgame, 25, 21:28
  15. Amanda Ehrbar, 28, Washington, D.C., 21:34
  16. Seth Johnston, 15, Jackson, NH, 21:45
  17. Sarah Keener, 35, Waterford, 21:49
  18. Alex Myers, 37, Exeter, NH, 21:51
  19. Bill Reilly, 69, Brownfield, 22:10
  20. Olaf Aprans, 34, 22:17
  21. Maggie Brooks, 26, Mountoursville, PA, 22:21
  22. Kristen Charette, 51, Fryeburg, 22:27
  23. Garrett Storen, 14, Canton, PA, 22:29
  24. Peter Bacchiocchi, 23, Lovell, 22:33
  25. Gage Fowler, 18, Sweden, 22:35
  26. Antonin Santarelli, 16, Denmark, 22:36
  27. Josh Rose, 13, Lovell, 22:38
  28. Hugh Hutchinson, 12, Fairfield, CT, 22:41
  29. Rick Hutchinson, 46, Fairfield, CT, 22:43
  30. Ned James, 61, Ashfield, MA, 22:45
  31. Molly Sebo, 45, Roslindale, MA, 23:00
  32. Amelia Bommer, 10, 23:01
  33. Zoe Maguire, 14, 23:03
  34. David Williams, 44, Eliot, 23:25
  35. Jack McCormick, 14, Center Lovell, 23:37
  36. Chris Halberg, 47, Stow, MA, 23:43
  37. Mary Yearl, 43, Waterford, MA, 23:52
  38. Clifford Strange, 26, Lovell, 23:57
  39. Christine Carlstrom, 54, 24:12
  40. Paul Cronin, 46, Boston, MA, 24:14
  41. D. Berry, 25, Auburn, 24:17
  42. Samuel Paulding, 14, Parsonsfield, 24:20
  43. Nicholas Sebo, 45, Roslindale, MA, 24:23
  44. Elizabeth Aprans, 34, Gloucester, MA, 24:25
  45. Brittany Romney, 33, Arlington, VA, 24:41
  46. Parker Cook, 14, Fryeburg, 25:02
  47. Fiona McCormick, 13, Center Lovell, 25:04
  48. Jason Candelora, 33, Lovell, 25:08
  49. Walter Stinsen, 69, 25:15
  50. Alan Sparn, 57, Madison, CT, 25:21
  51. Tim Connell, 52, Fryeburg, 25:22
  52. Ina Cinkutis, 32, Fryeburg, 25:45
  53. Ewa Johnson, 37, Sweden, 25:46
  54. Walter Grzyb, 48, Lovell, 25:49
  55. Carmel Colllins, 53, Bridgton, 26:06
  56. Jacob Lawrence, 20, Brownfield, 26:34
  57. Alyssa Bommer, 13, 26:37
  58. Sherri Walker-Towle, 33, Center Conway, NH, 26:43
  59. Michael Lane, 40, 27:00
  60. Brian Frates, 51, Santa Monica, CA, 27:05
  61. Isabelle Attenbonough, 22, Nashville, TN, 27:07
  62. Nick Stinson, 46, Gorham, 27:12
  63. Ran Franzen, 59, Arlington, MA, 27:34
  64. Bill McCormick, 51, Center Lovell, 27:41
  65. Elizabeth Atwood, 26, Fryeburg, 28:13
  66. Ashley Benes, 36, Center Harbor, NH, 28:24
  67. Bob Benes, 63, Stow, 28:26
  68. Jessica Morris, 21, Lovell, 28:38
  69. Christopher Hondorf, 35, Livingston, MT, 28:40
  70. Wayne Hadlock, 72, Lovell, 28:41
  71. Annie Hondorf, 34, Livingston, MT, 28:44
  72. Drue Marie Stern, 18, Lovell, 28:46
  73. James Solis, 25, Lovell, 28:48
  74. Beverly Bedell, 57, Center Lovell, 29:03
  75. Sam Orans, 29:19
  76. Janet Guidi, 62, Harrison, 29:29
  77. Charlie Monroe, 49, Lovell, 29:36
  78. John Howe, 81, Waterford, 29:44
  79. Robert Motha, 60, North Conway, NY, 29:51
  80. Seamus O'Shea, 12, 30:36
  81. Kieran O'Shea, 9, 30:39
  82. Todd Smith, 67, Kennebunkport, 31:03
  83. Patti Street, 56, 31:14
  84. Arthur McDougall, 44, Bridgton, 31:26
  85. Heather Jones, 28, Fryeburg, 31:28
  86. Carter Stern, 12, Lovell, 31:42
  87. Emily Ramey, 40, Arlington, MA, 31:48
  88. Russell Record, 70, Fryeburg, 31:55
  89. Karen Harter, 48, West Baldwin, 31:58
  90. Heath Strange, 27, Brownfield, 32:01
  91. Carol Roberts, 70, Lovell, 32:41
  92. Anna Romer, 54, Lovell, 32:56
  93. Sue Dubois, 64, 33:02
  94. Ray Tiley, 32, South Portland, 33:11
  95. Jessica Cronin, 40, 33:13
  96. Susan Crowley, 63, Chatham, NH, 33:15
  97. Beverly Aiman, 54, Chatham, NH, 33:17
  98. Sean Dunne, 8, Montclair, NJ, 33:19
  99. Jack Dunne, 8, Montclair, NJ, 33:21
  100. Brianna Connell, 25, Claremont, NH, 33:27
  101. Carolyn Attenbonough, 24, Boston, MA, 33:46
  102. Stacey Dunne, 45, Montclair, NJ, 33:49
  103. Megan Ziegler, 12, 33:52
  104. Heather Ziegler, 43, 34:07
  105. Carlin Galligan, 8, Fryeburg, 34:12
  106. Linda Candelora, 57, 34:15
  107. Brittany Strange, 28, Brownfield, 34:20
  108. Elly Walker, 50, Fryeburg, 34:23
  109. Job Fox, 12, Lovell, 34:29
  110. Brittany McAllister, 27, 34:43
  111. Jeffrey White, 71, Bedford, MA, 34:47
  112. Alison Berry, 23, Auburn, 34:51
  113. Lisa Candelora, 25, Lovell, 35:20
  114. Thomas Ziegler, 11, 35:22
  115. Jason Ziegler, 43, New Canaan, CT, 35:24
  116. Catharyn Gildesgame, 59, Arlington, MA, 35:31
  117. Marti Kinsel, 61, Scarborough, 36:27
  118. Libby Corcoran, 41, 36:34
  119. Jane Hadlock, 61, Lovell, 36:45
  120. Gretchen Hutchinson, 41, Fairfield, CT, 36:54
  121. Debbie Howe, 70, Waterford, 37:03
  122. Jennifer Rigney-Carr, 41, 37:05
  123. Dennis Carroll, 41, 37:06
  124. Sophie Gildesgame, 23, 38:33
  125. Keith Rowe, 69, Scarborough, 39:01
  126. Tatyana Bommer, 12, 39:58
  127. Britta Anderson, 19, Harrison, 40:37
  128. Tammy Anderson, 49, Harrison, 40:39
  129. Lori Candelora, 32, Lovell, 40:40
  130. Betsy Bonello, 67, Fryeburg, 40:42
  131. Sarah Strange, 27, Lovell, 41:29
  132. Brie-Anne Ramey, 37, South Hadley, MA, 41:36
  133. Margie Record, 69, Fryeburg, 42:39
  134. Louise Myrback, 45, Fryeburg, 42:40
  135. Sean Williams, 11, 43:23
  136. Brittany Williams, 44, 43:24
  137. Christopher Whitaker, 55, Fryeburg, 43:50
  138. Steve Myers, 67, Wantash, NY, 43:51
  139. Ramona Bachman, 69, Fryeburg, 46:35
  140. Mason Whitaker, 12, Fryeburg, 47:08
  141. Kelly Connell, 51, Fryeburg, 47:13
  142. Kelly Dole, 53, Lovell, 51:14
  143. Danielle Bernier, 41, 51:15
  144. Kim Murch, 59, Bridgton, 51:16
  145. Rachel Kuvaja, 74, Lovell, 53:23
  146. Sheryl Emery, 65, Chatham, NH, 53:24
  147. Laurel Walker-Jones, 59, Fryeburg, 53:25
  148. Cindy Lawrence, 56, Fryeburg, 55:10
  149. Lori Jardine, 50, Fryeburg, 55:10

Age Category Winners

Male, Ages 1-19: Alfie Walker, 15, 18:33 Female, Ages 1-19: Emily Carty, 15, 20:23 Male, Ages 20-29: Silas Eastman, 21, 15:50 Female, Ages 20-29: Christie Foster, 28, 18:08

Male, Ages 30-39: Kenneth Foster, 30, 15:55

Female, Ages 30-39: Stephanie Beattie, 35, 20:35

Male, Ages 40-49: Mike Maguire, 46, 20:43 Female, Ages 40-49: Terry Ballou, 48, 19:51

Male, Ages 50-59: Arno Bommer, 56, 19:42 Female, Ages 50-59: Kristen Charette, 51, 22:27

Male, Ages 60-69: Bill Reilly, 69, 22:10 Female, Ages 60-69: Janet Guidi, 62, 29:29 Male, Ages 70-99: Wayne Hadlock, 72, 28:41

Female, Ages 70-99: Carol Roberts, 70, 32:41

Race Director thanks

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, Buyer’s Guide to Real Estate, Muddy Moose Restaurant, Fieldstone Landscaping, Bennett Transportation, Bliss & Associates, Harvest Gold Gallery, Michael Friedman, Esq., Ela Sheet Metal, JB Storage, Chet Rogers, Thurston Home Builders, Lovell Hardware, Dr. N. Scott Ferguson, North Conway Dental Associates, Rosie’s Lovell Village Store, Bob the Screenprinter, Walker Electrical Services and Kezar Realty.

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

Saucony Shoes, Appalachian Mountain Club, Stow Corner Store, Lake Kezar Country Club, Kezar Lake Marina, Old Saco Inn and Pirate’s Cove all provided wonderful prizes for the random awards.

A big “thank you” goes to the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office, the Lovell Volunteer Fire Department, Fryeburg Rescue and to the many volunteers including Selectmen Steve Goldsmith and Turf Ramsden, who provided support along the course.

A special acknowledgment must be extended to the Lovell Old Home Days Committee for the outstanding job done in putting together not only a first-rate parade, but a great show at the Athletic Field.

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