A participate in Saturday's first annual Youthlinks' Run-A-Hound 5-kilometer run/walk in Rockland stretches with two of his four-legged friends prior to the event.
Rockland — The city streets literally went to the dogs Saturday morning. Well, the pavement also was filled with runners and walkers of all ages, but furry, four-legged canines certainly took center stage in a unique 5-kilometer event.
On a cold, blustery early-spring day, dogs and their owners ran and walked the streets and sidewalks of Rockland as Youthlinks sponsored its first Run-A-Hound 5-Kilometer Fundraising Race.
Many breeds of dogs were represented in the event, with perhaps the most humorous comment of the day coming from Karen Veit who stated, while just starting her walk along the 3.1-mile course, “Kind of strange pairing a greyhound with a non-runner.”
But the dogs of all sizes and shapes were with owners of all shapes, sizes and ages. One wondered who might get tired trekking across the course first — dog or owner.
There also were plenty of fathers and mothers pushing strollers with young children inside. In fact, Peter Scheib of Camden, pushing his daughter in a running carriage, finished first among the field.
Forty-five people participated in the event.
The 5K benefited the animal programs of the organization and is modeled on one of Youthlinks’ popular service programs, Run-A-Hound, in which high school students volunteer with local animal shelters by taking dogs out for a run to exercise and train them.
The Run-A-Hound 5K started and finished at Youthlinks, located at 420 Broadway in Rockland.
More information on the event is available online at youthlinksonline.org/runahound5k.
Youthlinks, a program of Broadreach Family and Community Services, serves more than 500 Mid-Coast youth a year through afterschool enrichment programs, in-school prevention, and summer camps. Many of the programs include service-learning and animals.
The individual results for runners/walkers were: 1, Scheib, 20:32; 2, Colin Page, 24:00; 3, Ron Hise, 24:57; 4, Heidi Harris, 25:15; 5, Kathy Kandzioka, 26:33; 6, Benjamin Fuller, 25:38; 7, Shannon Thompson, 25:46; 8, Sydney Hall, 26:55; 9, Charlie Charlton, 27:25; 10, Ellen Spring, 27:49; 11, Reade Brower, 27:50; 12, Kathryn Gordon, 28:26; 13, Sophie Hall, 28:33; 14, Kelly Hall, 28:34; 15, Fletcher Hall, 28:37; 16, Joshua Garner, 30:32; 17, Tom Savage, 31:48; 18, Hilary Flagg, 32:39; 19, Mike Cherry, 34:11; 20, Cricket Fuller, 45:19; 21, Gil Munden, 46:22; 22, Toni Mocton, 54:47; and Kathleen Celorer and Melissa Warren.
The individual results for runners/walkers with dogs were: 1, Lloyd Bracy, 24:16; 2, Caitlin Schick, 25:50; 3, Jessie Davis, 26:48; 4, Irene Hopkins, 26:55; 5, Phillip Stuart, 27:11; 6, Scott McPherson, 27:41; 7, Delisa Morong, 27:42; 8, Sandy Bodamer, 30:30; 9, Skip Bracy, 32:25; 10, Elizabeth Noble, 33:02; 11, Alison Scheib, 33:08; 12, Wendy Hart, 39:07; 13, Cindy Harris, 41:30; 14, Kathryn Dermott, 44:29; 15, Nibby Browning, 45:19; 16, Rachel Albury, 46:21; 17, Karen Veit, 53:23; 18, Davon Place, 54:43; 19, Ashley Bickford, 58:09; 20, Marie Finnegan, 58;16; and 21, Angelica Ross, 58:16.