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Jun
2
Sat
Safe Voices 5k Run/Walk to End Domestic Violence @ Bates College Commons
Jun 2 @ 9:00 am
Safe Voices 5k Run/Walk to End Domestic Violence @ Bates College Commons | Lewiston | Maine | United States

Join us for a fun-filled day as we raise funds to support Safe Voices’ mission: to support and empower those affected by Domestic Violence and engage the community in creating social change in Androscoggin, Oxford, and Franklin counties.

FMI: runsignup.com/Race/ME/Lewiston/SafeVoices5KtoEndDomesticViolence

Jun
3
Sun
SMH Run for Wellness 5K @ pin Stephens Memorial Hospital (Maine)
Jun 3 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
SMH Run for Wellness 5K @ pin 	 Stephens Memorial Hospital (Maine) | Norway | Maine | United States

On June 3, 2018 we will be holding our sixth annual 5K road race that is open to Stephens Memorial Hospital employees and the community. If you are an experienced competitor or if you are interested in participating in your first race, we invite you to walk or run with us on June 3rd in the SMH Run for Wellness 5K!

Don’t wait! Sign up today. Participants signed up prior to May 1, 2018 will receive a SMH Run for Wellness 5K t-shirt on race day.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and top three female runners. Certificates will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each age category. Come run with us for the health of it!

FMI: www.facebook.com/events/558593211169576/

Jun
16
Sat
Maine Summer Adventure Race @ Hidden Valley Nature Center
Jun 16 – Jun 17 all-day
Maine Summer Adventure Race @ Hidden Valley Nature Center | Jefferson | Maine | United States

Midcoast Conservancy is holding the third annual Maine Summer Adventure Race on June 16, 2018. As in years past, the race will be based out of the Midcoast Conservancy’s Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson, Maine. In 2018, interested racers will have three options to choose from: a 24-hour race, which will be a USARA National Championship Qualifier, an 8-hour intermediate race or a 3-hour race for beginners and families.

Adventure racing involves teams of two, three or four competing in a nonstop race that includes trail running or trekking, road and mountain biking, sea kayaking and orienteering. Teams will have to combine athleticism with strategy and navigation to guide themselves to as many checkpoints as possible within the race’s time limit.

The precise course will not be revealed until the morning of the race, but as in past years, the 2018 race will visit scenic and remote areas of Midcoast Maine. In the 24 hour race, participants can expect 10 to 20 miles of challenging, off-trail orienteering, 30 to 50 miles of biking including technical mountain biking, and 15 to 25 miles of tidal sea kayaking. The 2017 USARA national champions, Pennsylvania-based Rootstock Racing, have already committed to the race.

For those looking for a more manageable challenge, the 8-hour course will be structured so that all teams will be able to experience the full, base course, with advanced racers challenged by additional checkpoints. Racers can expect approximately 3 to 8 miles on foot, 15 to 25 miles on bikes, and 4 to 8 miles of paddling.

The 3-hour race is designed for beginner racers and for those looking to get the entire family outside for a day in the woods. The 3-hour race will combine hiking, canoeing and Amazing Race-style challenges and is designed to be possible to complete and enjoyable for participants of all ages and abilities. Racers can do as much or as little of the course as they choose and special prizes will be given for the top family team.

Registration fees for all races include race t-shirt, swag bag, maps, boats, paddles, PFDs, prizes and giveaways, facility and land-use fees, and a post-race feast, including local fare, vegetarian and gluten-free options and a featured local microbrew from Oxbow Brewing, one of our sponsors.

3-Hour Family Race – Under 18 – $20.00
3-Hour Family Race – Adult – $40.00
8-Hour Race – $115.00
24-Hour Race – $200.00

FMI: https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/events/maine-summer-adventure-race/

Jul
7
Sat
The Wicked Muddy Mainer @ Thornton Family Campground
Jul 7 all-day
The Wicked Muddy Mainer @ Thornton Family Campground | Orrington | Maine | United States

The Wicked Muddy Mainer is a 5k Adventure race in Orrington, Maine. Test your endurance in a brand new, very muddy, 14 obstacle, adventure foot race! Create teams or go it alone in this 120 acre pig pen of sweat and tears; where you never know what’s waiting for you in the next challenge! The only thing here to be sure of, is that you won’t come out clean!

FMI: www.thewickedmuddymainer.com

Jul
21
Sat
Take The Night 5K @ Portland
Jul 21 @ 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Take The Night 5K @ Portland | Portland | Maine | United States

Take the night, race the night. Welcome to Portland’s hardest alleycat style 5k run around the hills of the East End and Munjoy Hill. Try your hand at some hills. First male and female will earn the choice beverage and a medal. Prizes for the rest include sweat, glory and a hand shake.

ALL levels and ages are welcome.
$5 cash entry.

VOLUNTEERS:
As we prepare for the race, we’re looking for a few volunteers willing to help with TURNS on the course. We’ll have cones and lights to signal the few turns in the race but they are easy to miss if your head is down. If you’re unable to race but will to be there, cheer and help then message us!

COURSE:
https://www.strava.com/routes/8350964

RUNNERS:
Parts of the course are very dark! All runners MUST have a head lamp/light on the front of their body at all times. As a precaution please have something reflective that can be seen from behind your body (this is not mandatory, but come’on, its just smart).

SEE YOU ON THE START LINE

FMI: www.facebook.com/events/1744244958940779/

Jul
28
Sat
Tough Mountain Challenge @ Sunday River
Jul 28 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tough Mountain Challenge @ Sunday River | Maine | United States

If you’re looking for something different – something as fun as it is tough without the ego and the crowds – welcome to the Tough Mountain Challenge. And we don’t just say we’re different, we really are. Our 4-ish mile course with 20+ obstacles runs up and down (and a little across) Sunday River resort. There’s mud, water, and steep hills to climb next to the uber-elite fit and the couch-to-mud-run-in-24-hours types. Old, young, lifetime athletes and the just starting out kind, we’re here to challenge you to where you want to be pushed. Our crew has just as much fun as the competitors; we like the poke the bear and make crass jokes. Throw in a shot-gun beer station halfway through, and you know you’re gonna have a good time.

FMI: www.toughmountain.com

Aug
18
Sat
Craft Brew Races @ Edward Payson Park
Aug 18 @ 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Craft Brew Races @ Edward Payson Park | Portland | Maine | United States

Join us on August 18th as the Craft Brew Races return to Portland! Featuring 40+ local and regional breweries, this craft beer hotspot is a highlight of the season.

The Craft Brew Race consists of a relaxed 5k (walkers welcome) around beautiful Back Cove followed by a beer festival with included samples, all set in picture-perfect Payson Park.

Beer fest-only tickets and Designated Driver tickets are also available. Visit bit.ly/CBRPOR2018 to snag your tickets now!

This is a 21+ event. No children, no pets, no exceptions.

FMI: craftbrewraces.com/portland

Sep
23
Sun
Firebird Trail Races @ Falmouth,maine
Sep 23 all-day
Firebird Trail Races @ Falmouth,maine

Firebird 50 Trail Race is more than just your everyday free trail race. This is about building community and accomplishing great feats together, helping each other finish a grueling task together for the first time or the millionth time.

HOW TO GET IN:
Unlike traditional races, ours is FREE, meaning we don’t pocket your money. Although that doesn’t mean there aren’t requirements on getting in, here’s what we’re asking from you:

1) Donate to a non-profit of your choice within a year before the race. We’d appreciate anything above $40 but we won’t force you to pay that amount*. You must send us a receipt that you donated though. *25k participants can skip money donations if they volunteer AFTER they finish their run at one of our aid stations.

2) Sign up and donate any item on the list attached here, bring that item the day of the race (this will provide for our aid stations): [THIS LINK WILL BE UPDATED SOON]

THE COURSE:
Its technical and challenging, lots of rocks and roots on a single track trail. The trail is in one direction, 16 miles long. Largely on the Cross-Falmouth Trail from Portland to Grey, Maine. The course will be marked with pink ribbon and white chalk. We’ll have 3 aid-stations along the course, one at each end and one in the middle.

– 25k Course: Starts in Portland, on Overset Rd., ends at Lowell Preserve in Windham. ONE LAP. Map can be found here: http://bit.ly/2EZWyhv

– 50k Course: Starts at Lowell Preserve in Windham, goes to Overset Rd. in Portland, then back to Lowell Preserve in Windham. TWO LAPS. Map can be found here: http://bit.ly/2qLVhWX

– 50m Course: Starts in Portland, on Overset Rd., takes a loop in Blackstrap Preserve (only once, on the first lap only), then heads to Lowell Preserve, then back to Overset Rd in Portland, finally finishing at Lowell Preserve in Windham. THREE LAPS + ONE BLACKSTRAP LOOP. Map can be found here: http://bit.ly/2Hi6XXS

WHAT YOU GET:
To keep this race low cost with a low impact we wont be providing any official prizes or awards, with exception of a solid high five and MAYBE a free beer. If we gain a sponsor, we’ll change this and get you something.

FMI: www.facebook.com/Firebird50Race/

Black & White 2 Peak Challenge @ Black Mountain of Maine
Sep 23 @ 7:30 am – 3:00 pm
Black & White 2 Peak Challenge @ Black Mountain of Maine | Rumford | Maine | United States

This trail race offers an exceptionally hilly, technical single-track point to point trail race that takes you up & down 2 mountains. If you’re not begging for mercy during the first climb, you will be on the second. Running this challenging 8.7 mile 2 peak ascent with 2750′ of elevation gain & a 2450′ of loss will definitely make you question your own sanity. The course is both technical & scenic & will have you traversing a large bare ledge, tearing through dense forest, hammering down single-track switchbacks, jumping streams, & up steep slopes.

This is a rugged trail race whose distance & elevation profile comine for an extremely challenging test, even for the fittest endurance athletes. The course travels along hiking trails with sections that must be negotiated very carefully. Make sure to steal a peek or two at the highest elevations..it’ll be worth the effort.

Registration information coming soon!

For registration details and more info, see www.facebook.com.

Ragged Mountain Scuttle @ Camden Snow Bowl
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am
Ragged Mountain Scuttle @ Camden Snow Bowl | Camden | Maine | United States

Join us for the 5th annual Ragged Mountain Scuttle to benefit One Community Many Voices. The course offers a variety of natural and man-made obstacles over a 5K course with plenty of elevation gain. Whether you’re racing as a team or an individual, we promise this will be an event you’ll be happy you signed up for. The majority of the 5K is on the Kuller trail, an intermediate level trail. The trail does has some steep pitches, and climbs 500 feet. The course will begin and end directly behind the snow bowl lodge.

FMI: raggedmountainscuttle.com

Sep
30
Sun
Race Through the Woods @ Hidden Valley Nature Center
Sep 30 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Race Through the Woods @ Hidden Valley Nature Center | Jefferson | Maine | United States

Join us for the 8th annual Race Through The Woods trail race, sponsored by First National Bank, on Sunday, October 1 at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson. Are you inspired by the tranquility of running on rustic trails deep in the Maine woods? Do you enjoy the challenge of highly varied terrain, where slippery roots or loose rocks demand your concentration and sharpen your focus? Then you should register for a beautiful fall “Race through the Woods” at Hidden Valley Nature Center. Explore the exciting mix of single and double-track trails over rolling terrain in this challenging racecourse.

Racing starts at 10:00 am. Racers will have two course options to choose from: a 13.1 mile half-marathon or a 5.5 mile race (5.5 milers share the course with half-marathoners, same start time). This single loop course brings you over steep hills, through the woods, past beautiful ponds and has about 1,000 feet elevation.

This race is open to beginners, novices, and experienced trail runners alike. If you’ve never been in a trail race this is a great, fun event to start with. After the race everyone is encouraged to stick around and enjoy a bonfire, hot cider or a beer from Sheepscot Valley Brewing Company one of our sponsors. Light local lunch options will also be available after the races.

Kids 10 years and under can participate in a fun obstacle race starting at about 10:30 am (after the other races have taken off). The race will be only somewhat competitive; the goal is really just to have fun. Each racer will receive a ribbon. Register online using the link below- registration for kids’ race is free. The course will feature small hurdles, jumps, and mazes. After the official race, kids are welcome to enjoy the course at their own pace.

Race fees are $35 for the half marathon, and $25 for the 5.5 miler. Long sleeve technical shirts will be available for purchase with registration. Prizes (homemade PIE!!) will be given to first place finishers (men and women) and in age categories. Prizes will also include local goods donated by businesses and volunteers, and gift certificates to HVNC from Midcoast Conservancy.

FMI: https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/events/race-through-the-woods/