July is typically one of the busier months for road racing in these parts, with many folks tuning up for the Beach to Beacon 10K, or other longer races.
There are four racing options on tap for this weekend, all of them within an hour’s drive of Bangor.
On Saturday, you can head over to Hermon as the Danforth’s to Dysart’s 5K race celebrates its fifth birthday.
This challenging 5K starts at Hermon High School and finishes at Dysart’s Restaurant, and it includes a half-mile fun run and a 5K walk.
Events start at 8 a.m. with the fun run, while walkers will start at 8:30 and runners at 9.
Fees are $15 for the 5K events while the fun run is only $5, with the first 50 to sign up receiving a T-shirt.
Registration tables will open at 7 a.m. at the high school Saturday, but runners are encouraged to sign up prior to then, and they can do so by printing an application off www.sub5.com.
All race finishers will receive a $5 gift certificate to Dysart’s, and those with questions can give Riley Donovan a call at 615-1151.
If an older race is your option, head down I-95 to Hallowell for the 31st annual Old Hallowell Day 5K, which will start at 7:30 a.m.
This race starts and finishes near the Kennebec River boat landing on Water Street, with registration from 6-7 a.m. at Hallowell Seafood.
Applications for this event are also available on the Sub 5 website, and any questions, call Marty Thornton at 512-2587.
If you want a more of a challenge, head to Cranberry Island, off Mount Desert Island, for the fourth annual Great Cranberry 50K Ultramarathon.
The race will start at 11:30 a.m. at the Community Center on Main Road, and those wishing to compete must have at least one ultramarathon under their belt or three full (26.2-mile) marathons.
Race information is available at crowathletics.com, and you can give them a call at 276-4226 with any questions.
Finally, on Sunday, Lincoln will host the third annual 5K run/walk for wellness.
This race starts at 8 a.m. at the Penobscot Valley Hospital Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in downtown Lincoln, and the registration fee is $5 while kids 10 and under run for free.
Registration tables will be open from 7-7:45 a.m., and the first 50 to sign up get a T-shirt.
All proceeds from this race will benefit the purchase of special patient beds designed to limit falls.
B2B bibs still available
The TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K race has been sold out for months, but there is still a chance for you to procure a bib number for the Aug. 7 race in Cape Elizabeth.
Junior Achievement of Maine is giving runners an opportunity to participate in the race via fundraising for the cause, which helps to prepare young people for the real world by teaching them real-life skills.
To join the JA team, runners must raise at least $500 prior to race day, which guarantees a bib number for free, and a shuttle bus from Portland to the starting line and back.
If an individual raises $750, the aforementioned bib number plus a $25 gift card to L.L. Bean will be rewarded, and if he or she comes up with $1,000, then they’ll receive all of the above plus a bib number for next summer’s Beach to Beacon.
The top fundraiser will also garner three private training session and one VO2 Max test in the Human Performance Lab at OA Parisi Speed School, valued at $400.
Any questions, or to participate, contact Jenny Jasa at 207-347-4333 ext. 12 or log onto www.jamaine.org.