Glendon Rand has been an assistant or head coach of the Brewer High outdoor track teams since 1985 and the head cross country coach since 1994.
Rand has coached his cross country teams to one state championship and several Eastern Maine championships, and since taking over the outdoor track head coaching position in 2011 the program has earned conference titles and finished in the top 3 in state competition.
Rand was a three sport athlete at Brewer High School, competing in cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track. He was the top runner on the 1979 cross country team that was Eastern Maine Class A champion and state runner-up. In track, he was the state champion in the 2 mile and broke school records in 6 events. He currently holds Brewer High records in the indoor mile (4:27) and the outdoor 2 mile (9:37).
At the University of Maine, Rand continued to do all three sports for the Black Bears. He was a four year varsity letterman in cross country and selected as captain in 1983 and 1984. In 1984 he was 29th in the New England Intercollegiate Cross Country Championship on the historic course at Franklin Park in Boston and he competed in the NCAA Division 1 National Qualifier at Lehigh University. In track, he ran personal best times of 4:21 for the mile, 9:14 for 2 miles, 14:56 for 5K, and was on the school record setting 4 mile relay team. In 1984 he was the Maine Collegiate champion in the 5K.
After graduating from UMaine in 1985 with a B.S. in Science Education, Rand continued to compete and be involved in the sport of long distance running. He was active on the road racing circuit, winning many local races including the first five Brewer High Turkey Trots. He has run seven marathons including the Boston Marathon 3 times with a personal best time of 2:52. He was involved in the creation of the Sub 5 Track Club in the mid-1980’s and served as it’s first president. Since 1997 he has been the webmaster of the club’s popular website, www.sub5.com, which has served as a hub for race information and results for high school, collegiate, and adult long distance running and track and field.
In 2002, Rand started the Maine XC Festival of Champions which is held in Belfast. As meet director he has helped guide the event to be the largest high school sporting event in Maine. The meet annually attracts as many as 75 schools and 1700 runners from Maine as well as other New England states and the Canadian provinces. Rand has served as a liaison to the cross country committee of the Maine Principals’ Association for the last 15 years. In 2014, Coach Rand was recognized by his peers in the Maine Track and Cross Country Coaches Association with it’s “Appreciation Award”.
Rand is a life-long resident of Orrington where he lives with his three sons, Luke, Colby, and Dixon. He has been elected to three terms on the school committee and is currently serving as chair. He has been employed as a science teacher at Brewer High School since 1986.