By Carol McCracken (Post # 1,762)
“I’m headed to Silly’s,” said Chris Harmon, joking, just after finishing in first place at the 85th annual Boys & Girls Club 5 Mile Race this afternoon on Cumberland Avenue. Harmon, 26, finished first overall in a field of over 400 runners. His time was 26.41 according to the officials record keeping.
While conditions were generally good, a strong wind on Baxter Boulevard, held him back somewhat and probably was the reason he finished a minute slower than he did last year. It also affected the other runners as well. Harmon, who has been running since he was twelve years old with his father, James, first ran in the 5K race two years ago. He finished in third place. Last year he finished in second place and so this year’s victory was part of his winning pattern. Harmon would like to run in the Boston Marathon next year, so he plans on competing this fall in the Maine Marathon which is a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon.
Harmon, a Portland native, is in his final year of law school at University of Southern Maine, Portland. He has secured a position with a local law firm upon his graduation next month.