The 30th annual Peter Ott’s 10-Kilometer Road Race and children’s one-mile fun run take off Sunday, June 5. The children’s run begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 10K at 9 a.m.

The 6.2-mile race is one of the oldest in Maine.

Online registration is available at: https://www.runsignup.com/Race/?raceId=819.

Long a tradition, this is an early-season road race “tester” as the 10K course combines a challenging run with rolling hills, past the Belted Galloway cows, the Megunticook Golf Course and includes views of the Camden and Rockport coastlines.

The event includes walkers and runners of all abilities or an “opt-out” for some.

Race day registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Peter Ott’s Restaurant on 16 Bayview Street in Camden. Walkers will start early with the children’s one-miler at 8:30 a.m. and 10K at 9 a.m.

The 10K race will feature a suggested donation of $18 for preregistered runners and $20 on race day. Couples will be $33 preregistration and $35 race day, while families of three are $45 preregistration and $50 on race day. The first 100 preregistered runners and walkers will receive a race souvenir item. Registration for the children’s race will be $8 per child, $15 for two children and $20 for three children.

Local runners Sandy Bodamer, Reade Brower, Russ Wolfertz, Troy Peasley, Mariah Lussier, and Ben Sawyer host the event and will represent the Team Little Field Home Runners. The event is a fundraiser and net proceeds will benefit the orphaned children of Malawi, Africa served by The Little Field Home, founded by Union native Janet Littlefield.

This is the group’s third Midcoast race and part of a five-part racing series that includes the Set the Pace 5K in January, the Luv Me 5K in February, the Lucky Leprechaun 5K in March and the Scare Me 5K in October.

The Peter Ott’s 10K will have prizes awarded by age groups and the one-mile run will have trophies/plaques for the youngsters.

The race course begins on Bayview Street up the hill from Peter Ott’s at the driveway of the Camden Harbour Inn. From there, runners hug the coastline and travel past the Belted Galloways and left on Calderwood Lane where they pass the Megunticook Golf Course, then head by the Children’s Chapel and around the “tear drop” and back the way they came. Rolling hills provide a challenge but the finishing downhill stretch will be a treat for runners.

For non-runners/walkers the event offers the greatest perk of all: the “opt-out” runners special, which is where one gets a race number but does not run. One can pick a proxy runner and they will be listed below that proxy runner with their time — a real chance to record a personal record.

Also one can be a part of a new tradition and enter the Restaurant Cup Challenge. All restaurant workers from Camden, Rockport and Lincolnville and their families can participate in both the team and the individual categories.

For more information on the Restaurant Challenge see Rachael Jones at Peter Ott’s or email her at: peterotts@gmail.com or email Brower at reade@freepressonline.com or call him 691-3510.

Running group

The host runners will have information on how to join the Team Little Field Marathon Running Team. They have two spaces available for the sold out Blueberry Cove Half-Marathon on Sunday, Aug. 28 (it is the Midcoast’s only half-marathon and takes place in Tenants Harbor). The group also is registering runners for their next destination marathon either the Disney marathon and half-marathon or the Grand Canyon event with Team Little Field Runners in 2012.

The group returned from Nashville in late April where 16 team members completed the Nashville marathon and half-marathon courses. With a goal of $40,000 raised for 2011, the group is closing in.

“Our first destination marathon saw seven runners tackle Death Valley because it symbolized the plight of many of the orphans we are helping,” Brower said. “Last year, we chose New Orleans in an effort to offer some support to a city rebuilding and in need of economic stimulus. This year’s featured destination marathon was Nashville, Tenn.; we chose Nashville so we could support this great city after their devastating floods and because it symbolized an uplifting spirit filled with music, hope and joy.”

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