Ghost Run at WCCC

It has been named the “Ghost Run,” but the half marathon and relay that will be held at Washington County Community is not a Halloween joke.

The race will be Sunday, Oct. 26. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m.; the race starts at 9am.

Runners will have an opportunity to travel the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge where autumn colors, flora and fauna abound. The race starts at the YCC Building near the refuge headquarters and ends at the Calais Recreation Center. 

Transportation will be provided for those who wish to park either at the refuge or at the Rec Center. “We will have a shuttle to take people back and forth to their vehicles,” Chris Woodside, director of the WCCC Outdoor Adventure Center said. 

Individuals not interested in completing the entire half marathon themselves can put together a four-person relay team. Leg 1: will be 3.24 miles; Leg 2: will be 5 miles; Leg 3: 2.4 miles and Leg 4: 2.46 miles. “This is a great way to get friends out for a day of fun,” he said.

Woodside said that star runner Sarah Mulcahy of Baring is helping plan the event. “She is outstanding and we are really lucky to have her for this first race,” he said. 

Mulcahy said she was pleased to be a part of the first ever WCCC race. “I am hoping for a good turnout because I think this is an awesome event for this area which promotes the beauty of the Moosehorn trails and encourages runners of all types to participate,” she said. “I am not planning to run myself; my plan is to help with the execution on race day particularly with timing.”

This year Mulcahy ran the 118th Boston Marathon. The Washington County woman, who has been a competitive runner since 2009, was 6 ½ months pregnant at the time, but was still able to finish the 26.2 mile race in 4 hours, 8 minutes, 19 seconds. During the race she was noticed for her shirt which said “Running for Two.”

To test the course Mulcahy ran while Woodside biked more than nine miles. “We attempted the course until Chris’ tire popped. The first eight miles are all on Moosehorn trails and consist of varying hills and flat sections, the portion on Route 1 has its ups and downs as well, but then runners will experience the flat Calais waterfront walkway only to finish uphill going up Calais Avenue,” she said. “I think the course has a lot of scenery to offer runners with a good balance in elevation change and terrain.”

This is the first ever half marathon to be held at the college and money raised goes to the WCCC Outdoor Adventure Center and Student Scholarships. “The money is going for scholarships for those students enrolled in the WCCC Adventure Recreation and Tourism Program and to the OAC to help out youngsters who participate in the various programs here,” Woodside said.

Runners who wish to get into the spirit of Halloween can dress up for the run. Prizes will be awarded to those who show up in the funkiest Halloween costume.  T-shirts will be awarded to the first 50 registered entrants. “Ten people already have signed up,” Woodside said.

Awards will be given to the top overall male and female runners and to the top two male and female runners in their various age categories.  Medals also will be awarded to the top two relay teams. There will be refreshments along the route for runners and food and drink at the end of the race. 

FMI call Woodside at 454-1068.