Patrick Dempsey, left, leads his entourage down Lincoln Street in Lewiston Sunday morning as they ride in the 2021 Dempsey Challenge. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Goldie Edwards of Lewiston does not let Sunday’s rain dampen her spirits as she cheers for riders on Oxford Street in Lewiston as they came through the starting area for the 2021 Dempsey Challenge. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Patrick Dempsey, left, leads his entourage Sunday morning down Lincoln Street in Lewiston during the 2021 Dempsey Challenge. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

A rider waves to volunteers Sunday along the fence as she heads through the starting area during the staggered start of the 2021 Dempsey Challenge. Due to COVID-19 concerns, there were no mass starts for the three races. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Under the cover of the Hampton Inn portico, Patrick Dempsey speaks during a rainy Sunday morning with dozens of cyclists and supporters. The actor posed for photographs with several folks before riding in the 2021 Dempsey Challenge. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Cyclists head through the starting area Sunday during the staggered start of the 2021 Dempsey Challenge on Oxford Street in Lewiston. Due to COVID-19 concerns, there were no mass starts for the three races. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Patrick Dempsey’s nephew, Mason Chamberlane, of Auburn rides Sunday morning next to Mary Dempsey, right, as they follow Patrick’s entourage during the 2021 Dempsey Challenge. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Isaak Anoyke of Hebron wears a Cookie Monster T-shirt Sunday morning as he passes through the starting area during the 13th annual Dempsey Challenge 25K ride, his fourth. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

After running in Saturday’s 5K race, Denise Bazinet of Greene, a 10-year cancer survivor, cheers Sunday morning for cyclists as they pass through the starting area of the 2021 Dempsey Challenge. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Members of a band are shuttled to the stage with their equipment Sunday morning in one of dozens of golf carts whizzing around Simard-Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston during the 2021 Dempsey Challenge. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Marianne Strickland, left and Sarah Patten, friends from Harrison, focus Sunday morning on cellphone and computer apps before riding in the 2021 Dempsey Challenge in Lewiston. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Marianne Strickland of Harrison uses her app and bike computer on a rainy Sunday morning at the start area of the 2021 Dempsey Challenge in Lewiston. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Cyclists cross the finish line Sunday afternoon at Simard-Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston during the 2021 Dempsey Challenge. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Before setting out Sunday morning on the 2021 Dempsey Challenge, a cyclist looks at the course map on his cellphone, which is covered in plastic to shield it from the rain. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

After a rainy morning, the sun is out and those at Simard-Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston enjoy music, food and other entertainment during the second day of the 2021 Dempsey Challenge. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

A crowd relaxes Sunday afternoon at Simard-Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston during the 2021 Dempsey Challenge. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

People come and go Sunday morning at Simard-Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston. A steady rain did not seem to dampen the spirits of those watching, volunteering at or participating in the 2021 Dempsey Challenge. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

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