Bridge the Gap road races draw nearly 200 runners

Bridge the Gap - photo credit Steven Fuller, The Ellsworth American

Story by Ryan McGlauthlin, Photos by Steven Fuller 
Courtesy of The Ellsworth American

On a nearly picture-perfect day for a run Saturday morning, nearly 200 runners toed the starting line for the 10th annual Bridge the Gap 10- and 3-mile road races.

Both races start on the Prospect side of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and take runners onto Verona Island, with the 10-mile race looping around the island and the 3-miler heading straight into Bucksport, where both races finish up.

The 10-mile race was won in resounding fashion by 33-year old Eric Mauricette of Baileyville.

Mauricette was the lone runner to break an hour on the challenging 10-mile layout, covering the course in 58 minutes, 19 seconds, averaging 5:50 per mile.

Andrew Knightly, 52, of Bangor was the runner-up in 1:01:43.

Helen Shearer, 22, of Hampden was third overall and the top female finisher in 1:02:52 while Eliza Kerschner, 34, of Old Town, was right behind in second at 1:04:50.

Maria Whitworth of Ellsworth, 59, who recently ran the Boston Marathon, was the third female finisher and ninth overall in 1:16:21.

Approximately 67 runners completed the 10-miler.

Meanwhile in the 3-miler, it was a local high school standout breaking the tape first.

Bucksport High senior William Hileman completed the course in 14:15 while David Hileman, also of Bucksport, was second in 14:41.

The top female finisher was Bucksport’s Lisa Tapley in 18:48 while Blue Hill’s Karyn Howe was the runner-up in 19:15.

The 3-miler attracted 131 participants.

See complete results here. 

Photo Credit: Steven Fuller for The Ellsworth American
Photo Credit: Steven Fuller for The Ellsworth American
Photo Credit: Steven Fuller for The Ellsworth American
Photo Credit: Steven Fuller for The Ellsworth American
Bridge the Gap - photo credit Steven Fuller, The Ellsworth American