There were more than 40 campers and counselors eating breakfast early today so they could fuel up for the annual Casco Days 4-mile road race. Everyone had trained all summer to prepare for this day — running their Timanous Miles in the mornings before the bell, and during signup periods out on the roads. They piled into the vans with nervous excitement for the race ahead, and drove off to the start line.
A misty morning turned into a sunny and humid day… decent for spectating, and definitely a challenge for the competitors. The starting gun went off promptly at 9:30am, and along with hundreds of other runners our Timanous harriers were off! The course starts up a long slow incline for more than a mile, and after a flat section in the middle there’s a huge downhill that can be a good time to relax, or bomb down fast to make up more time.
After a final mile stretch along Pleasant Lake (which on any other day would be a peaceful place to stay a while and rest), there’s a short but super steep hill that all the runners have to complete before the last hundred yards to the finish line. For our boys especially, at least they were buoyed by cheers from friends and family on all sides. Everyone who finished doubled back down the finishing stretch, so our cheering section grew and grew. Whether our runners were finishing in 25 minutes or 45, they got that extra boost from friendly faces urging them to finish strong.
We had some pretty amazing performances, including a few 1st and 2nd place age-group finishes. As anyone who has been to Casco Days before knows, the most fun happens after the race. As a fitting reward for their efforts, all campers get $5 for the fairgrounds, with popular items being fried dough, Sea Dogs biscuits (famous local ice cream sandwiches), sodas and sno-cones. Groups of campers sat back in the sun enjoying their well-earned snacks, reveling in their accomplishments, and simply enjoying the moment.
Before heading back home to camp, we grouped up with the Wohelo contingent for a photo opp. Everyone’s spirits were high after finishing the tough race (and getting some treats!), so the smiles were wide across the board. Stay tuned for more photos of the runners!