By Dave Herlocker
April 30th, 2007
For other past posts about the Westminster Annual Main Street Mile on “Soundtrack.”
Matthew Wagoner from neighboring
Because of the large crowds which have participated in recent years in the downhill run from the east ridge of Westminster to the library at the center of town, registration was halted at 700 this year, with approximately 275 being in the first, competitive heat and the remainder in the second heat, treated as an untimed fun run.
Wagoner, a teacher at
Wagoner's winning time of 4:09 is the fastest time of the century, even though it is almost fifteen seconds slower than the course record, set by Todd Ashley in 1988. Trailing Wagoner by thirteen seconds was newly minted masters runner Doug Mock, who in younger days won this race in under four minutes. Considering that he recently suffered numerous injuries in a fall from a fast moving bicycle, his effort is to be commended.
Danny Fink nipped Remus Medley for third, and Nicholas Wilbur, a member of the
Repeating her 2006 winning effort was Sherry Stick, who spent her college years at
Brittney Rooks, whose 4:57 time is only the second sub-five minute time recorded by a thirteen or under female, finished second, ahead of Becky Alwarez-Rhodes, who finished second last year. Another thirteen year old, Anna Rachel Demaree, finished fourth, one place better than last year, and Ashley Baker, a McDaniel College senior whose tennis season was sidelined by student teaching duties, finished fifth.
While race officials were sorting through finishing times, and finishers from the first heat were attacking ice cream, word was received from the course that a fun runner had collapsed just past the half-way point and was being treated by medics administering CPR.
To the distress of everyone, the runner--six year old Connor Smith, running with his mother and participating in his fourth Main Street Mile--could not be revived.
Doctors at nearby
Ten days later, on a beautiful Saturday morning, a memorial service was held in
Contributions may be made to the Connor Smith Memorial Fund at the