NORWAY — In true community spirit, CaféNomad in Norway combined resources with New Balance and the Western Foothills Land Trust to sponsor a trail race series at Roberts Farm Preserve over the summer.
Five monthly races were held from May to September featuring a challenging 8k course combining the grassed Stephens trail and the single track Noyes trail. Place points were accumulated over the series.
Thirty-three men, 22 women, and a few young athletes competed in the series. Competitors from as far away as Waterville made the commitment to attend the monthly races, many were not previously familiar with the trails at Roberts Farm Preserve.
The overall first place winners, Tony Dalisio of Waterville and Kelly Brown of Lewiston, won every race with ease. Dalisio set a tough 6:43 minute per mile pace. Brown averaged 8:35 minutes per mile.
Blaine Moore of Windham won the men’s overall second place. Jen Blastow of Otisfield and Amy Bottomley of Bethel tied for second place in the women’s overall. Scott Bottomley earned the men’s overall third place.
Series proceeds will benefit the recreational trails at Roberts Farm Preserve. Additionally a contribution was made to CEBE, the Center for an Ecology Based Economy, in Norway honoring CEBE’s work providing resources and education in the areas of food, shelter, energy and transportation.