CRAFTSBURY — Last Saturday, over 500 entrants competed in the Pumpkinhead Half Marathon/Festival Days 5K in Eliot, Maine, and a local woman from Orleans County took home first place.
Heidi Caldwell of Craftsbury Common placed first for the women’s division with a time of 1:17:37.
Visitors from across New England and as far as Arizona ran a 13.1-mile course through rolling hills and along the Piscataqua River.
Eric Ashe of Boston, Massachusetts, placed first for men’s with a time of 1:09:29.
The top finishers split a purse of $3,000.
During the festival, members of the community came together to celebrate their town and the start of autumn.
The Second Annual Pumpkinhead Half Marathon will coincide with the 40th Annual Eliot Festival Days on September 26, 2020.
Registrations will open in the spring of next year.