or the most part, Mainers are a hearty group and on January 19, three veteran runners from the Portland area proved that with their efforts in a Key West road race.
Byrne Decker, Michael Payson, and Dave Weatherbie left the Polar Vortex behind and headed to the southernmost point in the continental United States to compete in the half-marathon and 5K events.
Decker, a 46-year-old attorney from Yarmouth was the overall winner with a time of 1:17:01. For those doing the math at home, that works out to a little less than 6 minutes per mile for the entire 13.1 mile race.
Decker is no stranger to Maine road races, and has competed many times in the state’s premier event, the TD Beach to Beacon race. He often finishes at or near the top of his age group. Just last year, he finished the Cape Elizabeth race in 39:22. His pace over that 6.2 mile course was a little more than 6:22 per mile.
Weatherbie, a 45-year-old businessman from Cape Elizabeth, finished first in the male, masters division with a winning time of 1:22:31.
He too is no stranger to the road race held each summer in his hometown. For 16 years he served as the race president for the TD Beach to Beacon 10K.
The race weekend in Key West includes a 5K race and the overall winner of that race that was Payson. His time for the 3.1 mile race was 17:11. For the 50-year-old Falmouth man, that meant running each of the miles in 5 minutes and 31 seconds.
That’s not too bad for someone who qualifies for AARP.
As the polar vortex continues to swirl over the pine tree state, all three will return home and look forward to the days when they once again will be able to take to the roads and trail without a parka.
Who doesn’t love the spring?