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Jul
6
Sat
Paddle Battle: Maine Lakes Open Paddleboard Race @ Tarry A While Resort
Jul 6 @ 9:00 am
Paddle Battle: Maine Lakes Open Paddleboard Race @  Tarry A While Resort  | Bridgton | Maine | United States

After the success of the last couple of years we are at it again! We had some fabulous paddlers in 2018 and the weather was superb but I have to start with the venue… Tarry-A-While Resort on Highland Lake is pretty much the perfect spot. There is a little cove to start in and the grassy pine grove is an ideal place to spend the morning. I also have to mention how grateful we were to have committed sponsors! Last year, we had paddle boards, ski tickets, and lots of outdoor gear and local prize baskets to raffle off.

We are, again, offering 2K and 5K courses. Why mess with perfection, right?

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Lakes Environmental Association, which is a non-profit regional association dedicated to preserving and protecting 41 lakes in southwestern Maine. You are on our website already, so feel free to poke around a little to find out what we do… If you think Maine is only about lighthouses and lobstah’, you’re missing out! It’s time to enjoy our pristine inland waters from the vantage point of a paddle board!
Race categories

Men’s and Women’s 5K (any board length accepted)

Men’s and Women’s 2K (12’06” boards and under only)
Age Classes

15-35, 36-55, 56+

minimum age 15 for 2K and 5K races. There will be a “grom” race again this year for kids in the cove!
Tentative Schedule

8:00 Tarry A While parking opens

9:00 Racers’ Meeting

9:30 5K Race, all boards accepted – beach start

9:45 2K Short Board Only Race – beach start

11:00 Kids’ “Grom” Race in the Cove!

12:00 Awards ceremony

FMI: mainelakes.org/educationevents/paddle-battle/

Jul
13
Sat
The Wicked Muddy Mainer @ Thornton Family Campground
Jul 13 – Jul 14 all-day
The Wicked Muddy Mainer @ Thornton Family Campground | Orrington | Maine | United States

Test your endurance in a brand new, very muddy, 20 obstacle, obstacle course race! Create teams or go at 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!

First heat line up of 100 people will begin at 7:30 am, with the first event starting at 8:00 am. From there, another wave of 100 people will be released onto the monstrous course every 20 minutes throughout the day. Athletes will work their way through 20 muscle ripping obstacles spanning over 120 acres of mud soaked trudging hell; but don’t worry we’re sure you’ll be fine.

FMI: www.thewickedmuddymainer.com and www.facebook.com/events/937688623102961/

Jul
27
Sat
Tough Mountain Challenge @ Sunday River
Jul 27 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tough Mountain Challenge @ Sunday River | Maine | United States

Why Tough Mountain Challenge?

If you want to run 10 miles in the company of 10,000 other people and wait in half-hour lines at obstacles, you’ll find plenty of events where you can do just that. If you want to suffer for hours and risk life and limb, you can find those races too. But 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.
The Race

Based at Sunday River Ski Resort in western Maine, the Tough Mountain Challenge is an adventure obstacle race that tackles alpine terrain and throws in natural and man-made challenges. It’s just 5k in length, but when you’re running up a mountain under an arsenal of snowguns or scrambling through the mud it will feel much longer. Tough Mountain Challenge is a timed event, but it’s not about whether you finish first or last – it’s about testing yourself and pushing your limits then celebrating your accomplishment once you cross the finish line.

Tough Mountain Challenge is limited to fixed number competitors in each heat to keep the race from feeling too crowded and ensure everyone has a great time. For kids, we also run a Mini Mountain Challenge.

FMI: www.toughmountain.com

Jul
28
Sun
Swan Island 5K and10K @ Swan Island
Jul 28 @ 9:00 am
Swan Island 5K and10K @ Swan Island | Richmond | Maine | United States

Space Limited: First 50 people for each race
Fee: $27.00 Pre-register online at http://www.running4free.com/RaceDetails.aspx?raceid=413. Board the ferry at 7:30 a.m. (maybe 8am, TBD) to be ferried over to Swan Island. The race kicks off at 9:00a.m. Two races, one start time, and one start/finish line! The 10K traverses the scenic gravel road from the campground to the southern end of the historic island and back. The 5K leaves the campground and goes to the north end and back. This also serves as a fundraiser to help provide scholarships for the 800 children participating in our education programs. Are you 10K or 5k runner?

Aug
25
Sun
L/A Bridge Run @ Rollodrome
Aug 25 @ 8:30 am
L/A Bridge Run @ Rollodrome

USATF Certified #ME03005RF. Moderately flat over many bridges including a railroad pedestrian bridge. The race runs along the Androscoggin River and crosses both Lewiston and Auburn.

• FREE entry to children under the age of 14
• Kids fun run starts at 8 AM
• Over $5,000 in cash prizes
• Unique finishers medal for everyone who completes the Triple Crown
• Food and refreshments post race

FMI: www.facebook.com/events/250525282296878/

Sep
8
Sun
Lake Auburn Half, 5K Walk/Run, and Kids Fun Run @ Central Maine Community College
Sep 8 @ 7:30 am
Lake Auburn Half, 5K Walk/Run, and Kids Fun Run @ Central Maine Community College

Join us for our 8th Annual Lake Auburn Half Marathon, 5K Walk/Run and Kids Fun Run at Central Maine Community College in Auburn, Maine. Through its partnership with Moving ME Forward (a nonprofit 501(c)3 founded in 2012), this event supports the local community through personal, business, and private contributions focused on supporting Maine communities to provide a healthier place to live.

The monies generated from this race provide the primary funding for the Moving ME Forward Grant Program. Moving ME forward provides mentoring, programming and resources to health and fitness professionals so that they can help others improve their wellness.

Each year, Moving ME Forward gives back 10,000- 20,000 dollars for “People to help People”. It influences the community through financial aid, internships, mentor-ships, volunteer services and needed supplies such as sneakers and warm clothing. We hope to exceed that amount this year and watch these programs continue to positively impact our community.

FMI: https://www.facebook.com/events/717055815326743/

Lake Auburn Half Marathon & 5K @ Central Maine Community College
Sep 8 @ 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Lake Auburn Half Marathon & 5K @ Central Maine Community College

Join us for the 8th Annual Lake Auburn Half Marathon, 5K Walk/Run and Kids Fun Run at Central Maine Community College in Auburn, Maine. Through its partnership with Moving ME Forward (a nonprofit 501(c)3 founded in 2012), this event supports the local community through personal, business, and private contributions focused on supporting Maine communities to provide a healthier place to live.

The monies generated from this race provide the primary funding for the Moving ME Forward Grant Program. We pride ourselves in encouraging community members to pursue healthier lifestyles and every day we get to witness this positive impact through the ripple effect that our ongoing engagement has throughout our local neighborhoods.

Last year we gave over $10,000 to programs that supported our local communities through monies raised during the Lake Auburn Half Marathon, 5K Walk/Run and Kids Fun Run. These programs impacted the community through financial aid, internships, mentorships, volunteer services and needed supplies such as sneakers and warm clothing. We are overjoyed in our anticipation to exceed that amount this year and watch these programs continue to positively impact our community.

This event course includes beautiful views of Lake Auburn and the surrounding countryside making this one of the most scenic half marathons in Maine to participate in. We have partnered with Baxter Brewing Company as the location for packet pick-up in the afternoon/evening before the event. There will also be an opportunity on the morning of the event for packet pick-up at Central Maine Community College. Visit our Running Resources & Tools for local training information through Central Maine Conditioning Clinic –our largest proprietary sponsor for the Lake Auburn Half Marathon.

FMI: lakeauburn.org

Oct
20
Sun
L.L.Bean Flannel 5K – Freeport, ME @ LL Bean
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am
L.L.Bean Flannel 5K - Freeport, ME @ LL Bean | Freeport | Maine | United States

Embrace your inner lumberjack or lumberjill and get ready for a day of fun at the L.L.Bean Flannel 5K in Freeport, ME! Starting with a flannel-themed run, you’ll finish with a party at the local L.L.Bean store where you’ll get tasty pizza and a chance to win gift certificates (ranging from $25 to $100) for the world’s best apparel!

To learn more or to register, visit: flannel5k.net/freeport

FMI: https://www.facebook.com/events/260058128124628/

The L.L.Bean Flannel 5K Series is also hitting:
Mansfield, MA – Oct. 7, 2018:
https://www.facebook.com/events/608408456219563/
Burlington, VT – Oct. 21, 2018: https://www.facebook.com/events/2143377015940053/