Blueberry Cove 13.1 expands to 300 participants
Tenants Harbor — The Blueberry Cove 13.1 miler, or half-marathon, has expanded to 300 participants. Now in its fourth year, the benefit road race has tripled in size, and registrations are being accepted online.
The Sunday, Aug. 24 race, which begins at 7:30 a.m., is a fundraiser for the 65-year-old Blueberry Cove children's camp on Harts Neck Road in Tenants Harbor, a fishing village on the St. George peninsula.
Organizers hope to raise more than $20,000 for the nonprofit camp, part of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and a 4H learning center.
The 13.1-mile race course follows back roads alongside coves, old homesteads, a beach, Marshall Point Lighthouse, Port Clyde village and winds up at the camp, where a blueberry brunch awaits participants.
A local-foods prerace dinner takes place Saturday, Aug. 23, with music by the Ale House String Band. Runners and their families are welcome to stay overnight in camp cabins, minutes from the starting line. A corps of volunteers will provide water stops and stand at intersections to direct runners. Lobster buoys mark each mile.
Last summer, several runners sailed into Tenants Harbor, where moorings are available. There are nearby inns and bed-and-breakfasts as well.
Blueberry Cove, set on 25 acres with two beaches and a dock on the harbor, is believed to be the first interracial camp in Maine. Educators Henry and Bess Haskell founded the camp as a place where cooperative learning by doing takes place, in a safe, happy environment. Children continue to explore tide pools, islands and mossy woods, and to discover their own potential and the joy of being in a nurturing community.
That atmosphere pervades the half-marathon, too.
As of mid-February, 45 runners had registered for the 13.1-mile race.
For more information, and photos and comments from previous races, visit Blueberry Cove 13.1 on Facebook. To sign-up for the race, visit active.com/tenants-harbor-me/running/races/blueberry-cove-13-1-2014?keywords=na.