For two years, Midcoast distance runners have been stuck in wait-and-see mode with what will be on the calendars for road and trail races in Knox, Lincoln, and Waldo counties. Due to the pandemic, and the restrictions of the first year and challenges they presented, most race organizers moved events to virtual options, or postponed them.

Last year saw the return of a handful of events to in-person form. However, most organizers opted to err on the side of caution, or struggled to find enough help to get the events going.

Alas, this year, the race calendar is filling quickly. There are longtime events making their return, and new races.

Blackfly run

The “Running of the Blackflies” 5K is slated for Saturday, May 28 in Union.

Celebrate the oft-maligned blackfly by running with them at the height of blackfly season in Maine. The race is an out-and-back from The Pour Farm Brewery along Middle Road in Union.

The cost to register is $30. The race starts at 9 a.m., and benefits the Vose Public Library.

Walkers are welcome. Registration includes tee-shirt and free postrace pint of beer at the brewery. A non-alcoholic drink will be available. There will be a reggae dance party at the finish.

This is a chip-timed race. To sign-up visit runsignup.com.

Money 5K

“Run 4 the MONEY” 5K in Lincolnville is back after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. The 3.1 mile run and walk will take off on Sunday, May 29 at Lincolnville Central School.

The children’s fun run will begin at 9:30 a.m., with the 5K at 10 a.m.

The cost is $25 for adults, and $10 for children under the age of 12. There will be race-day registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.; however, registration also is available at runsignup.com.

Proceeds go to the MONEY Athletic Foundation Scholarship Program.

Cannot make it that day? Organizers offer a virtual run and walk option. To participate virtually, visit the MONEY Athletic Foundation here to donate to PayPal, then send a course description, map, or photo to moneyathleticfoundation@gmail.com, so organizers can post it to their Facebook page.

Trekkers 5K

The Trekkers 5K, formerly known as the Thomaston Trek, will be on Sunday, June 12.

Historically held in Thomaston at the Thomaston Public Library/Thomaston Academy building, the 2022 event potentially is on the move, hence the new name.

Teresa Valdepeñas of Trekkers said the organization is working out the details for the fundraising event, which benefits the Trekkers organization. Currently, they are working on settling on a race location in Rockland or Thomaston. More details will be released once finalized.

Firecracker 5K

The Fourth of July committee for Thomaston’s Independence Day celebration announced the return of all events this year, including the popular “Firecracker” 5K. The race, along with all the events for the day, have been sidelined two years due to the pandemic.

The committee has not released sign-up information for the race, or registration fees. Organizers are looking for volunteers to help with the race.

For more information on helping with the race, contact Jana Benner at jpelletierbenner@camdennational.com or Brooks Stevens at bstevens@camdennational.com.

Lobster Festival races

The Maine Lobster Festival 5K, 10K, and children’s fun run return on Sunday, Aug. 7 in Rockland.

The 10K and 5K races are timed and the first 200 registered for each race receive a tee-shirt. Finishers are presented with a medal and awards are presented for top finishers in many age categories. Walkers are welcome for the 5K only.

Preregistration for the races will open in June, and day-of registration will begin at 7 a.m. at Harbor Park.

The mile fun run will take place after the 5K and 10K runners take off. Awards are presented to winners of different age categories.

Registration for the fun run begins at 7 a.m. the morning of the race. Registration is $5 and the first 75 participants will receive a tee-shirt.

Scene from the 2021 “Bug Run” 5-kilometer race in Belfast. Photo by Ken Waltz

Blueberry Cove 13.1

The 11th annual Blueberry Cove 13.1 has been set for Sunday, Aug. 28 in Tenants Harbor.

Described as “one of the greenest, most scenic, tasty, and sensational half-marathons around,” the 13.1-mile-distanced race brings runners up and over the hills around the peninsula, and offers sweeping, scenic ocean views, which includes Marshall Point Lighthouse.

Hand-made pottery mugs are awarded in the winning categories.

To register, visit the Blueberry Cove 13.1 Active page here.

Megunticook Race Festival

Megunticook Race Festival will be on Saturday, Sept. 3 at Barrett’s Cove in Camden. The Festival features a youth duathlon, 5K run and walk, as well as sprint and Olympic triathlons.

The Megunticook Race Festival builds on the history of the original Tinman and Maine Sport Triathlon, one of the longest-standing races in the U.S. For 2022, it marks the 42nd year of the triathlon.

Profits go to One Community Many Voices. This race is family-friendly and there is chip timing.

To register, visit the event page at RaceWire here.

Trail runs

The Megunticook 50 and “Wicked Tough” 10K return for their third annual events on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Camden Hills State Park.

The “Wicked Tough” 10 is a 6.2-mile race that will test the most accomplished runner. Its big brother, the Megunticook 50, is a 50K (31 miles) equally formidable and will traverse more than 90 percent of the trails in the park.

Rising 1,385 feet above sea level, Mount Megunticook is the second highest mountain (by 175 feet) along the Atlantic Coast and offers stunning views of Penobscot Bay and the ocean. The races are among the most challenging in their category, but offer the opportunity to experience the area in a unique way. Entries are limited to 150 participants for the 50K and 100 for the 10K.

For details and sign-up for the “Wicked Tough” 10, visit ultrasignup.com/register.

For details and sign-up for the Megunticook 50, visit ultrasignup.com/register.

Mountain scuttle

The eighth annual Ragged Mountain Scuttle takes to Kuller Trail on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Camden Snow Bowl.

The course offers a variety of natural and man-made obstacles on a trail with plenty of elevation gain. One can race as a team or individual. The majority of the event is on the Kuller Trail, an intermediate level trail. The trail does have steep pitches, and climbs 500 feet. The course will begin and end directly behind the lodge.

Proceeds go to supporting the Fourth-Grade “Learn to Ski” program at the Camden Snow Bowl and the local charity, One Community Many Voices. The event is made possible because of the generosity of event sponsors and 120 volunteers donating roughly 1,300 hours, said information on its website.

To sign-up, visit the event page at RaceWire here.

Waldoboro Half-Marathon

Waldoboro Half-Marathon returns with in-person, and social-distancing options, on Saturday, Sept. 24.

The course spans seven hills over the 13.1-mile distance, which includes 1,400-feet of elevation. Race organizers describe it as the hardest road half-marathon in New England.

In order to participate in the race, a person needs to have run a half-marathon in 2:15 or less in past two years.

Registration is $20. Race day registration is only available to runners whom have earned a black bib by previously running the race.

Preregistration is available at runsignup.com.

No Karen run/walk

On March 8, in a social media post, Susan Ware Page announced after 10 years, Karen’s Cancer Run and Walk 5K, known as Energy 4 Life, would conclude.

“We have had a great ride, an emotional and worthy one, and our work continues.” Ware Page said in the post. “We are not stopping Energy 4 Life and we continue to be committed to supporting people fighting cancer.”

She said they will continue to raise money for the non-profit, Energy 4 Life, through the Maritime Energy’s company golf tournament, as well as other, new fundraising events.

“I’m really proud of the work we have accomplished,” she said. “We have hosted over 1,000 runners/walkers, had nearly 50 passionate volunteers every year, helped seven to 10 local families dealing with various types of cancer each year and donated $146,900 to the Maine Cancer Foundation in this time period.”

Not sure of others

In 2021, the Friendship Day 5K and Marshall Point Lighthouse Loop 5K were held, but it has not been announced, at this time, if they also will be held in 2022.

RunBelfast also has not officially announced news on its racing series.

Additionally, Waldoboro and Washington usually have 5K races, but not word on those at this time.

Organizers of races not included in this story can email details of their event to hvanorse@villagesoup.com.