BANGOR, Maine — Some ran like the wind and some strolled at a comfortable pace. Some were carried in backpacks, in front-packs or on shoulders, and some were pushed in strollers. But everyone seemed to have a good time participating in Saturday’s Milk Run, an annual one-mile race that benefits the Bangor Y.
Participants in the Milk Run — named for its primary sponsor, the Massachusetts-based Garelick Farms dairy — followed a straightforward route along Main Street from the Fireside Inn near Bass Park to West Market Square.
“We’re a very family friendly organization,” said Tammy Hodgdon, director of health and fitness for the Bangor Y, formed by a merger between the Bangor YMCA and the Bangor YWCA. “We keep it to one mile so young children can participate as well as some of our members who are just getting started on their fitness programs.”
About 100 people pre-registered, but many others registered the morning of the race, which was clear and cool. The registration fee was $15 per individual and $35 for families. Proceeds will help provide financial aid for lower-income families who wish to join the nonprofit Bangor Y.
The Milk Run recognizes winners in various age groups and other categories, but winners’ names were not immediately available Saturday afternoon. Among the early finishers were marathon runner Jen McGoldrick of Bangor and her 5-year-old son Tyler. The two set an ambitious pace at the start line and kept it up all the way to the cluster of cheering timekeepers outside Paddy Murphy’s Pub.
McGoldrick, who two weeks ago completed a marathon in Burlington, Vt., said Tyler sometimes joins her for short runs in their Bangor neighborhood. The Milk Run, she said, was “his longest, fastest run yet.”
“I was excited to run with him today,” she said. “He did great.”
Tyler, barely flushed after his exertion, said he had a good time running with his mother.
One lane of Main Street was blocked to traffic from 9 a.m. until about 10:30 for the event.