40th Tour Du Lac set for Saturday

first_imgBUCKSPORT — This Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of the Tour Du Lac, one of the oldest road races in the state.Last year, the race was voted as having the best directorship of the Sub5 series races.The 10-mile course starts at the Bucksport Town Pool, circles Silver Lake, heads up Central Street onto Millvale Road and then heads onto Charlie Cole Road. The race will finish at the town pool, where runners can cool off with a swim.The race will begin at 7:30 a.m., and registration starts at 6:30. Walkers are encouraged to start at 6:30.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textRace directors Margaret and Chris Jones will award age-group winners with homemade jam, which they have done for the past five years.“Bumbleberry and strawberry have become two of the favorites,” Chris Jones said. “In honor of its 40th year, the race directors are offering $100 to the first male and female to break the course records.”The records are currently held by Louie Luchini (50:20) and Cassie Hintz (59:06).The Tour Du Lac was first held back in 1976 and was founded by local runners Steve and Anne Norton.The Joneses inherited the race directorship from another local running couple, Joan and Fred Merriam, who had taken over for the Nortons in the 1980s.The race also offers the 100-mile club certificate to runners who complete 10 races.Chris Jones said of the more than 1,170 runners who have competed in the race over 39 years, only 43 have joined this exclusive club.This year, Jones said he expects Jen Noonan of Bucksport, Peter Lodge and Larry Rich to join the club.last_img read more