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SCARBOROUGH — Mark your calendars for the Urban Runoff 5K  happening on April 23. 

The Urban Runoff 5K Race supports clean water education in the Portland and Saco areas. This event raises funds to support clean water education in classrooms.  

“These lessons focus on fun and engaging activities that often get students outdoors and connected to their local water quality issues. Additionally, it raises awareness of stormwater pollution, and the easy steps people can take every day to keep pollution out of the water,” said Soil and Water Conservation District Educator and Technical Specialist Jenna Martyn Fisher. 

This year’s event has opportunities to participate both virtually and in-person. The in-person event will start and end at the Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) campus in South Portland. The course will form a loop that goes around Bug Light Park.

The virtual event allows participants who may not live locally or may be unable to participate on April 23 to complete any 5k course during the month of April.  

“Additionally, they can engage through certain stormwater-themed challenges and by posting their pictures and tagging @cumberlandswcd on social media,” Fisher said.  

Scarborough is one of 14 towns in Cumberland County to collaborate on stormwater education and outreach with the Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District. Scarborough is forming a team to represent the community in the race. To join Team Scarborough, register online and select Scarborough in the Join a Team dropdown at https://www.cumberlandswcd.org/urban-runoff 

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