Bangor Labor Day Road Race (2nd Annual) Sept 2, 1963
RK Notes: This is the first mention of the Bangor Labor Day Road Race, the prior year I did not see anything written up and I checked the Portland Press Herald and the BDN... Interesting to note that in the 2nd Annual article they do mention the previous years winner and an explanation of the time. I've seen lots of lists of the overall winners, but never seen the first winner of the event ever listed...
Field Will Start From Bass Park
The second Bangor five-mile road race will be fun today starting in front of the grandstand at Bass Park. The gun will start the field promptly at 2 p.m.
A field of 20 distance runners, is headed by Brown University track and field captain, David Farley of Orrington. Farley, an all-time track and field great will still another year to go at Brown, will be a heavy favorite to whip the field today.
He starts in the roll of favorite since last year's winner, Mike Kimball of Portland, has not filed and entry. A year ago, Kimball covered a course in 23 minutes 36.3 seconds.
The course this year has been measured by Captain Edward "Touchy" Short of the Bangor Police Department. The course starting at Bass Park will see the field go down Buck Street on to Main, Railroad, Summer, Exchange, Harlow, Holland, Wiley, Union, West Broadway, back on to the west end of Bass Park at the Third Street gate. The field will come down the harness racing track at the top of the stretch, finishing in front of the grandstand.
People other than those lining the streets on the course may keep abreast of the competition in the comfort of the grandstand. Through the radio facilities of Civil Defense, grandstand patrons will be informed by well known radio announcer, Hal Wheeler. He will report the on-the-spot progress of the race from radio-equipped vehicles located along the course.
Like a year ago, the three-mile point is certain to be the critical mark for the field. This mark is located at the foot of Holland Street hill, a brutal stretch which took a heavy toll of last year's field.
Milford Cohen will be the chief of course.
Trophies will be presented to the first five finishers, first Bangor resident to cross the finish line and first high school finisher. The race is sponsored by the Bangor Recreation Department. The field of entries will meet at the old Bangor Auditorium at 1:30 p.m.
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