Cartwrites: Defending champs sign up for Blueberry Cove half marathon

Posted Wednesday, February 15, 2012 in Features

Cartwrites: Defending champs sign up for Blueberry Cove half marathon

Willow Parker, who was the winner of the women's division of the Blueberry Cove half marathon last year. On the tease was a photo of Eric Mauricette, the winner of the male division.

by Steve Cartwright

ST. GEORGE — Among the runners at this year’s expanded Blueberry Cove half marathon are winners of the men’s and women’s division in the 2011.

Signed up for the Aug. 26 race in St. George are overall winner Eric Mauricette, 21, of Owls Head, and first-place female Willow Parker, 14, of Rockport. She was 13 years old when she took third place overall with a time of 1:27:40 in the first-ever Blueberry Cove 13.1.

It’s also believed to be the first half marathon in midcoast Maine.

Mauricette’s time was 1:19:20, first among 70 runners who braved a rain squall brought by Hurricane Irene. This year the field is 125 runners, up from 100 registrants in 2011. About 80 slots have been filled so far.

The scenic, somewhat hilly course starts at Blueberry Cove Camp in Tenants Harbor and loops through Port Clyde village, around the Marshall Point Lighthouse, along Drift Inn Beach and finishes at the camp on Harts Neck Road.

All proceeds from the race benefit the children’s camp, which is part of the nonprofit Tanglewood 4H Camp & Learning Center in Lincolnville. The race event includes a local foods pre-race dinner with live music on Aug. 25, and a free blueberry brunch following the race. Every participant receives a handmade porcelain medallion, acknowledging that everyone makes an effort and deserves recognition.

Blueberry Cove and Tanglewood are now accepting campers for the upcoming season, and information is available at: http://umaine.edu/tanglewood/

To register for the half marathon, visit: http://www.active.com/running/tenants-harbor-me/blueberry-cove-131-2012

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