Record setter and winner of this year’s Washington 5K road race was 20-year-old Gavin Wagner of Swedesboro, New Jersey, with a time of 18:52. Contributed photo

The Washington Challenge 5K Road Race and 1-mile Fun Run returned Aug. 8 after a hiatus last year because of the pandemic.

The Fun Run attracted 10 participants between ages 3 and 68. Their course started at the town monument, went up the hill to Prescott School, then back, ending at the Gibbs Library. Charlie Zarrow, 11, of Owl Head, crossed the finish line first with a time of 7:49, followed in second place by Luke Baker, 10, of Washington, who completed the run in 11:55.

There were nine runners in the 5K, ages 20 to 80. The run was an out-and-back race from the library, ending with three steep hills on Bill Luce Road. Gavin Wagner, 20, from Swedesboro, New Jersey, finished first with a time of 18:52, more than 6 minutes ahead of second-place finisher Jason Luce, 48, from Sebago.

T-shirts were included in the registration fee. There were medals for overall and age-group winners. After the race, prizes ranging from gift certificates to local businesses and eateries to farm fresh eggs, maple syrup, fresh flowers, and homemade brownies were given out.


Fun Run: 1. Charlie Zarrow 7:49, 2. Luke Baker 11:55, 3. Gus Letowski 13:09, 4. Craig Letowski 13:44, 5. Theodore White 14:24, 6. Joseph White 14:28, 7. Thomas White 14:29, 8. Joel Goodman 14:52, 9. Nora Letowski 20:38, 10. Julie Letowski 20.38.50.

5K: 1. Gavin Wagner 18:52, 2. Jason Luce 25:17, 3. Dale Turner 25:44, 4. Jason Rhoda 26:21, 5. Jessie Rack 26:28, 6. James Luce 28:09, 7. George Stone 31:26, 8. Ron Paquette 38:44, 9. Donnajean Pohlman 36:46.

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