Vose Library in Union has changed the name of it’s annual 5K road race to honor a Union man who died suddenly this past year.

The Vose Library Founder’s Day 5K will be renamed Vose Library’s Brian Cramer Memorial 5K Run/Walk in memory of Brian Cramer who was 41 at the time of his death. Brian, along with his twin brother Bruce, was an enthusiastic participant in last year’s race.

“The race committee members felt it was appropriate to honor the memory of a town citizen who, together with members of his family, contributed to many meaningful activities in the broader Midcoast community,” said J Griggs, this year’s race committee chairman, in a news release. Cramer’s mother Jan serves on the Vose Library board of trustees.

Designed to coordinate with Union’s annual Founder’s Day Weekend, the 5K run/walk will be held July 20 beginning at the Union Fairgrounds. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. with the race start at 8 a.m.. A fun run for children will take place immediately following the race start. Those wishing to register early may download a race form from the Vose Library website, voselibrary.org. T-shirts are available to the first 50 who register.

The course is a rolling 3.1 miles, on and off road, through the historic Union Common and past the Vose Library before returning to finish at the Union Fairgrounds. The route is being “tweaked” this year after some participants voiced their concerns last year that the course was a bit short. Race officials will be altering the course in minor ways to ensure it will be a full 5K.

The race committee and Vose Library are grateful to the many local businesses that are serving as sponsors of this year’s race. Major sponsors include Fisher Engineering, The Common Market, and Smile Concepts. Additional sponsors include Crowning Touch Embroiderly, Hammond Tractor, Damarascotta Bank and Trust, Erica Harriman/CPA, Union Square Laundry, and Union Farm Equipment.

For more information about the race contact J Griggs, 542-9165.