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What is fate of races, triathlons or rides? Here is what we know

Of course, things are fluid, could change for any event at any point
By Holly Vanorse Spicer | May 20, 2020

The streets in many towns and cities across Maine are going to be a bit more quiet this summer; perhaps not from the usual wheeled-vehicle traffic, but, the always-anticipated, occasional sounds of dozens of fast-moving human feet.

Mostly gone will be the familiar sound of supportive cheers from loved ones, the cowbell clamoring, and, most notably, the sounds of feet, en masse, slapping against the paved streets, as road races all over the state have been canceled, moved to the virtual world or postponed to later dates due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Locally, it looks as though the earlier summer 5- and 10-kilometer road races are crossing their 2020 dates off the calendar, while officials of the later summer races continue to hold hope they will be able to hit the start and finish lines as scheduled.

May, June and July events, along with some early-August events, have been the most affected.

Officially canceled are the Thomaston Fourth of July's "Firecracker" 5K, Marshall Point "Lighthouse Loop" 5K, held during St. George Days weekend, as well as the Waldoboro Day 5K.

The "Monkey Butt" Memorial 5K suffers the same fate, as organizer Judy Harrington announced it would be canceled. It is part of the Warren Days celebration.

"I wish that we still could have it but not possible to follow the restrictions. Now more than ever people need what this race is about," Harrington said of the race to raise money for suicide awareness/prevention.

Additionally, with the cancellation of the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland, the Lobster Festival 10K, 5K, children’s fun run and lobster crate races have been canceled.

Sidecountry Sports of Rockland confirmed the Maine Lobster Ride, a bicycle ride with distances of 100, 62, 38 and 15 miles, held at the Camden Snow Bowl, has been canceled.

There has not been confirmation on the fate of the Washington 5K typically held later in the summer.

Despite the cancellations, there are still events which plan to proceed in one form or another.

The 36th annual Trek Across Maine, has gone virtual. The event, which raises money for the American Lung Association, is held over Father's Day weekend. To find out how to ride virtual, visit action.lung.org/site/TR?pg=informational&sid=11440&fr_id=18638.

The Megunticook Race Festival, hosted by One Community, Many Voices, has announced its event will go on. However, there is a possibility that, as the summer progresses, the festival, which includes road races and triathlons, could see potential changes. Updates will be posted on their Facebook page.

Events for the 37th Friendship Day, scheduled for Saturday, July 25, are on. Which means the annual Friendship Day 5K is, at this point, a go.

If one has info on a race they want included in this story, email sports@villagesoup.com.

RunBelfast race series

The third season of the RunBelfast race series has run up against COVID-19 (coronavirus). A reboot to nearly all-virtual and series organizers are in position to encourage residents to get outside, keep moving and support five area organizations.

Kathy Young of RunBelfast 2020 said "a virtual series allows participants to run and walk anywhere they choose, almost anytime they want, in the week leading up to "race day." Using the honor system, race participants will email info@runbelfast.org with their time and distance before midnight on race day."

The organization will publish the participants and all will be considered a "winner," she said.

Participants can register for individual races or sign-up for the entire series so they have something to strive for, she said. "They can set their own distance as well if they want to run more, or get more fit as the summer progresses," Young said.

Young said a handful of organizations provide important services and support for Waldo County and RunBelfast organizers hope all will participate in the races/walks with that in mind.

The Rollie’s "Run for Kids" on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 8:30 a.m. on the Belfast Rail Trail remains an in-person event.

"RunBelfast sincerely hopes that everyone can all come together by then to enjoy a morning on the Rail Trail," she said. "Watch for updates through the summer. Until then, consider registering on RunBelfast.org for the series or any of the individual races," which follows:

Coastal Mountains Land Trust's "Pendleton" 5K and 5-mile fun run/walk, Saturday, June 6.

P.A.W.S's "Paces for Paws" 5K and walk-a-thon, Saturday, June 20.

Belfast Rotary's "Kilted Canter" 5K, Saturday, July 18.

Belfast Rotary's "Bug Run" 5K, Saturday, Aug. 15.

Waldo County YMCA's "Pancake Triple Stack," Saturday, Sept. 19.

Rollie’s "Run for Kids" 5K, Saturday, Oct. 3.

The RunBelfast 2020 series is supported by Damariscotta Bank & Trust with endorsement from the Belfast parks and recreation department.

Active listings for RunBelfast 2020 virtual runs are open for registration at runbelfast.org

For more information, call Young at 236-7091.

Blueberry Cove half-marathon

While many road races are being postponed, canceled or have gone virtual due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the 10th annual running of the Blueberry Cove 13.1-miler, or half-marathon, will take off on Sunday, Aug. 30, said Steve Cartwright, organizer and race director.

Organizers of the scenic, environmentally-green race fully expect it to take place, starting at 7:30 a.m. in Tenants Harbor, Cartwright said. Thus, registrations are being accepted.

The course starts at Blueberry Cove Camp and travels back roads to Port Clyde village, Marshall Point Lighthouse (featured in the film "Forrest Gump") and alongside Drift Inn Beach. Runners and their families are invited to a postrace brunch at no extra charge.

Proceeds from the race benefit scholarships for at-need children to attend the University of Maine-sponsored 4-H Camp, which includes Tanglewood in Lincolnville.

There is an optional prerace dinner on Saturday, Aug. 29, and runners and family/partners/friends are welcome to stay overnight, waking a short walk from the starting line.

For more information, call Cartwright at 207-372-6534. Volunteers are needed and are welcome to partake in the postrace brunch.

To sign-up for the race, visit Blueberry Cove 13.1 on Facebook or at: active.com/tenants-harbor-me/running/distance-running/blueberry-cove-13-1-2020.

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