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Originally published in The Weekly Packet, September 5, 2013
Wilbur’s Race a success in first year, said organizer

The inaugural Wilbur 5K at the 2013 Blue Hill Fair

More than 100 runners ran in the inaugural Wilbur 5K on Saturday, August 31 at the Blue Hill Fair, organized by the Down East Family YMCA.

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by Faith DeAmbrose

The inaugural Wilbur’s Race, a new activity in conjunction with this year’s Blue Hill Fair, was held under cloudy and cool skies on Saturday morning, August 31. More than 100 runners came out to participate in the 5K race.

The event was organized by the Blue Hill branch of the Down East Family YMCA, and sponsored by Homewood Farm (which designed its corn maze to reflect the race). The race course took runners from the grandstand stage, around the track, out the back entrance and across to the George Stevens Academy fields on Denny’s Way, before heading back to the grandstand stage to end. All those who participated in the race received free admission to the fair that day.

This is the second road race in which the one-year old YMCA has participated in the last two months and through a YMCA program has helped many would-be runners meet their goal of running a 5K, said YMCA Fitness Program Manager Annie Grindal, who organized the event with Joy Bragdon. “At The Blue Hill YMCA we are focused on helping people reach their health and fitness goals while supporting them and encouraging a sense of belonging through our little ‘fitness family,’” added Grindal, who said the race overall was very successful.

Support for the race also came from TradeWinds Market Place and Jennifer Smith photography. Smith photographed the race and will upload the photos for purchase at jennifersmithphotography.com. Proceeds from the sale of photos will go back to support the YMCA. Call 374-2248 for the password needed to access the pictures.