LEWISTON – For the second year in a row, Dustin Williamson was the first-place finisher at New Beginnings 5K Run/Walk, held on Oct. 15, at the Multi-Purpose Center.

Williamson, of Buckfield, came in at 17:24 ahead of a field of nearly 100. In second place was Ryan Panzone. The top awards were a New Balance gift certificate and lift tickets to Shawnee Peak.

In the female division, Tina Meserve of Livermore placed first at 18:57, followed by Paula Rousseau of Lewiston. They received gift certificates from Dostie Jewelers and the Perfect Basket.

Several New Beginnings youth participated as well as youth from Bates College and Elan School.

Organizer and New Beginnings board member Dawne Haverner thanked the many volunteers who helped keep the early morning event organized. Boy Scouts from several local troops acted as safety marshals. Community volunteers assisted with registration, food preparation, the singing of the national anthem and other activities.

Scott Brown and Don Hebert provided the technical support for the course layout and safety planning.

The children’s event included a Tot Trot, which allowed children from age 1 through 5 to run for fun. All children participating won prizes of pumpkins and gift certificates. Organizers were Lori Foster and Brenda McCannell. “The children’s fun run was a real success and we will have it again next year,” said McCannell.

Funds raised will go to assist runaway and homeless youth who take part in New Beginnings’ programs. New Beginnings provides emergency shelter, transitional living and street outreach services to more than 600 youth every year.

“This was our most successful fundraising event yet,” said Chris Ferguson, vice president of New Beginnings. “We’re definitely planning to do it again next fall and will be working hard throughout the year to attract even more prizes and participants.”

Community members interested in volunteering with the race may contact New Beginnings at 795-4077.

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