2018-09-06 / Local News

First Bolt raises nearly $1,000


BRAMAN BOLT race director Sawyer Scott gets doused with water after Saturday’s race in Northport. BRAMAN BOLT race director Sawyer Scott gets doused with water after Saturday’s race in Northport. “Fighting an uphill battle” is an often-used phrase, but a similar phrase might be used to describe Saturday’s inaugural Braman Bolt race. Except in this case, the phrase would be running an uphill battle.

The Bolt, as race director Sawyer Scott calls it, drew 29 competitors to run through the Village of Northport and to the top of Braman Hill.

“The first year of The Bolt went better than I even hoped for,” he said. “On the day of the event, I was thrilled with the level of anticipation and excitement from our competitors. There was buzz about The Bolt ... most of the comments have been about how dynamic The Bolt is for only 1.1 miles.”

The top finisher, 21 year-old Hayden Scott, completed the race in 8 minutes, 20 seconds. “Hayden Scott receives overall bragging rights until next year’s Bolt,” Sawyer Scott said.

A number of young competitors registered with eight athletes competing in the 10-12 age division.

Two of those youngsters finished in the overall top five: Leland Public School student Quinn Swallow was third and Northport Public School student

Lyvia Roman was fifth. In fact, according to Scott, Swallow led the pack for the entire race until he ran out of gas halfway up Braman Hill.

“We would like to thank our sponsors for helping us put on an awesome event and for their contributions toward a mission we believe in,” he said. “We would also like to thank everyone for competing and congratulate our overall and age-specific winners.” Scott also gave a special thanks to assistant race director Karena Hacker.

The race generated $929 for the Northport Area Heritage Association. Donations still can be made via the Braman Bolt Facebook page through Sunday.

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