BREWER — A running rite of the Thanksgiving season in Greater Bangor will be renewed Sunday afternoon with the 31st annual Turkey Trot 3-mile road race and kids’ 1-mile fun run.
More than 300 runners had pre-registered as of last weekend for this year’s event, which serves as a fundraiser for the Brewer High School sophomore class, according to Kim Khoury Kelley, co-adviser of Brewer’s Class of 2015 along with Jody Butilier.
Hosting the Turkey Trot is one of several activities each class at Brewer High School undertakes to defray its graduation costs, with any leftover proceeds directed toward Project Graduation expenses.
As freshmen, students work in concession booths at school events. As sophomores there’s the Turkey Trot, and as juniors they stage the annual Junior Ex variety show. As seniors, the class sells gasoline raffle tickets, Kelley said.
A field of 552 runners finished last year’s event, led by Adam Goode of Bangor in 14 minutes, 57 seconds and Kristine Guaraldo of Brewer in 18:18.
The race also marks the final chapter of the annual Tradewinds Market Place/Sub 5 Track Club Road Race Series, and Goode and Guaraldo currently lead the men’s and women’s point standings. Perry LeBreton of Kenduskeag and Matt Homich of Ellsworth are second and third behind Goode in the men’s standings, while Katherine Collins of Winterport and Phoebe Peckenham of Orland trail Guaraldo in the women’s standings.
The Turkey Trot course begins on Dirigo Drive near the high school and continues out to the Cianchette Building before turning to return to the finish line near the school.
Race-day registration begins at 11 a.m. at the Brewer High School cafeteria, with the kids’ race following at 12:30 p.m. and the 3-miler at 1 p.m.
Top finishers in a variety of age-group categories as well as Brewer High School-related divisions and team competitions receive turkeys for their efforts in the spirit of the season.
Maine Coast Marathon back in ’13
The Maine Coast Marathon will return to southern Maine next spring after a 26-year absence.
According to the event’s Facebook page, the 26.2-mile run is scheduled to be held for the first time since 1987 beginning at 8 a.m. on Sunday, May 12, 2013.
The route, which starts at Kennebunk High School and ends at the new Harold Alfond Forum at the University of New England in Biddeford, includes several miles of water views as it passes Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Goose Rocks Beach and Fortunes Rocks Beach.
The race originally was founded in 1980 as the Nike Maine Coast Marathon, and in 1983 it qualified three individuals for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials — including Roland Davide of Coventry, R.I., who completed the fastest marathon ever run in Maine with his clocking of 2 hours, 15 minutes, 13 seconds.
The women’s course record is 2:45:52 set in 1985 by Illinois’ Christine Maistro.
Registration for the 2013 race opened Thursday, and the cost is $75 with a $3 option for bus service from the finish line to the start line before the race as there will be no parking at the starting line. For more information, access mainecoast262.com.
The race likely will vie for competitors with the Sugarloaf Marathon in Kingfield. The 2013 edition of that event is scheduled one week after the Maine Coast Marathon, on Sunday, May 19.
The 2013 Boston Marathon, incidentally, is scheduled for Monday, April 15.