Thursday, April 17, 2014
By JOHN ROLFE
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The MDI YMCA will host the Acadia National Park Loop Road Half Marathon at 8 a.m. on Sunday, June 2. The race is a loop out of the Y -- comparable to the September half in difficulty, but coastal, Ocean-Drive, Thunder-Hole gorgeous rather than carriage-road, Eagle-Lake pastoral.
The fee is $70 until Nov. 1 and $80 thereafter. When I complained that this was pretty pricey for a half-marathon, race director Lisa Tweedie (the contact, at email@example.com or 288-3511) replied that the Acadia runs are subject to per-runner fees, plus costs for permits, and to pay for park rangers.
Note that the new race is capped at 250 runners. About 50 people have registered, Tweedie said ...
The Grahamtastic Connection 5K Run/Walk is on for 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Anderson Learning Center on Bradeen Street in Springvale, and includes a free kids' fun run.
Grahamtastic -- as worthy a race charity as any -- supplies laptops to seriously ill, hospitalized kids, to help keep them connected educationally.
Sunday is the deadline to receive a T-shirt with your entry ($20). Prizes for the winners are iPod touches, donated by Best Buy. The race is dog-friendly, and you can fundraise, too: contact Leslie Morissette at 324-0888, ext. 209, or firstname.lastname@example.org, for a pledge sheet. ...
Here's a new event: the Falmouth Foreside 5K Classic, at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13. The race begins and ends on Fundy Road, off Route 1, and benefits the Falmouth Food Pantry and the Honduras Mission Fund. Preregistration is $18, with T-shirts for the first 100. Visit falmouthforeside5kclassic.com.
John Rolfe of Portland is a staff writer and a road runner. He can be reached at 791-6429 or at: