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“Smokestack Grill SET THE PACE 5K”
announced for January 1st, 2013 – run, eat, get massaged!
by Reade Brower

After race pizza and massage; yes, now is the time to put this race on the top of your New Year’s resolution list for 2013.

The 5th annual “Smokestack Grill Set the Pace 5K” will occur on January 1st, 2013 and all are invited to run, walk, roller-skate, crawl and participate or ‘opt-out’ in this unique race.

NEW in 2013: PRE-REGISTER for this event and be eligible for a special drawing. Race day registration will still be accepted but only pre-registered runners will be eligible for the CASH drawing; it will be a “winner take all; $1 from each pre-registration will be set aside for the lucky raffle winner! To pre-register, look for a registration form at the YMCA or at a local gym, come by the Free Press office, or look for an ad in next week’s newspapers. You can also register on-line: or
P.S. Pre-Registered runners also get priority on the after race massages.

Our start time of 11:11am suggests that we are flexible, that we understand that the night before might be a late one, and that the possibility of a cold forecast might make an 8:00am start unattractive. The 109 brave runners and walkers at the 1st Set the Pace still talk about the -3 degrees below zero (before wind chill!) conditions that were so Artic in nature the timing equipment froze. Last year, by contrast, it was downright tropical!

There is a lot to like about this race; our aim is to make it special and you’ll want to be part of what is becoming an annual mid-coast tradition.

First off, consider this: while we will announce and acknowledge some traditional age brackets in our awards ceremony, each person will set their PR (personal record) for 2013 at the “Smokestack Grill Set the Pace 5K”. WE GUARANTEE IT!

And for the middle of the pack guy or gal; they will be honored with a reward that might make the winners jealous!

Lots of other surprises planned. Starting and ending at our host, Smokestack Grill’s tavern in Camden, Maine is the plan, with the tavern open for beverages of choice, and a food feast afterwards. We invite all runners to enjoy their victory lap with some free pizza and a free massage to all those who pre-register for the event.

Some races have ‘best dressed’ awards, we’re thinking of the ‘less dressed’ awarded to the male and female runners with the least clothing on. We hope someone will try to top first year winner, Ron Haney’s 1st baby attire; it was complete with diaper.

For the serious minded runner, the race course winds through Camden neighborhoods and starts with a gentle climb up Pearl Street ending with a very quick one-mile gentle downhill finish on Mechanic Street which will make this a very fair test to see where you are for the 2013 season.

We even offer the greatest perk of all; the “opt-out” runners special; this is where you’ll get a race number for the raffle but you don’t have to run. It will cost you the entry fee, but remember, you don’t have to run (all proceeds to charity); you can pick a proxy runner and you’ll be listed right below your proxy runner with their time – a real chance to get a PR.! And remember, you don’t have to run to participate.

HERE’S the important part: ALL ARE WELCOMED and ENCOURAGED. Walkers, pregnant women, strollers, children, families, and well-behaved dogs are all encouraged to start the new year out by participating in the 5th annual “Smokestack Grill Set the Pace 5K”.

We’re still thinking and hatching up ideas and fun; just wanted to whet your whistle, get you in the mood, and make sure you put 11:11am, January 1st, 2013 on your schedule.

This race will be hosted by local runners of our “Go Malawi” team. The local hosts will include the “fabulous five” local runners who earlier this month completed the Las Vegas Rock’n’ Roll ½ Marathon”; they are Rebecca Jacobs, Troy Peasley, Andrew Bonarrigo, Quincy McCarthy and myself. They will host this event along with “Go Malawi” team runners Russ Wolfertz and Allison Leonard who will make you feel welcomed at this event.

These local runners have raised, collectively, over $20,000 in 2012 to help provide private school tuition to students served by “Go MALAWI”; an organization that provides for orphans in Malawi and was founded by Janet Littlefield, a mid-coast native and the daughter of Doc and Sally Littlefield.

Want to be part of the “Go MALAWI” Runners and come with us to our next destination marathon? If so, contact me at: The website for “Go MALAWI” is:

Pre-registration can be done on-line which will guarantee you a souvenir item, quick bib pick-up on the morning of the race, a free massage and entry into our cash drawing. Pre-registration is $15 for single runners, $25 for couples, $35 family of 3, $40 family of 4. Day of race is $18 for single runners, $30 for couples and $45 for families.

You can register on-line at at or at at

Pre-Registration Form can be mailed or dropped at the address below:

Name ____________________

Address¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬ ___________________

Address #2 _________________

Town/Zip Code _____________________

Phone number ___________________

Age on race day ¬¬¬¬____________ Male or Female _________

Donation pledge included ¬¬¬¬__________

Send or drop off to: Free Press, 8 North Main Street, Rockland, ME 04841

For more information, email me at:

NOTE ONE: ENTER A TEAM – We are also encouraging teams to join us. Teams need a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 12. Cost for each team member is $15. Scoring is done cross-country style with a twist. While the first four runners will “score” for a team based on their overall finish, all finishers will earn a deduction of 3 points from the team score. In other words, every team member is important because if they finish they help the team; they can come across the finish line running, walking, crawling, being pushed, or being tugged in by their dog. Don’t let anyone tell you they’re not fast enough to be on your team; this is all about participation! Also, all team members are also eligible for all individual awards as well.

NOTE TWO: JOIN “GO MALAWI” RUNNERS – we invite you to join us. We’re still accepting runners and looking for a few more good men and woman to join our Destination Marathon and ½ Marathon Warriors for World Peace team. “Team Go MALAWI” wants you! We’ll sign you up for the full or ½ marathon and we begin training as a team in January.

For the past four years, 45 Team Little Field Home runners have finished the Death Valley Marathon and 30K, the Mardi Gras Marathon and ½ Marathon, the Nashville Marathon and ½ Marathon and the Las Vegas Rock’n’ Roll ½ Marathon. These runners have raised over $120,000 for orphaned children served by Janet Littlefield and her volunteers. Our overall team goal this year is to raise over $45,000 which will completely fund over 60 children going to private school for a year. It’s about a “hand up” and an opportunity for these children to have a chance at a productive life.

Past runners have included first time marathoners whose goal is; “get me over the finish line” and experienced marathoners who want to mentor our “newbies” and perhaps qualify for Boston or run a personal best or have a goal time in mind.

Our youngest marathon newbie was 18, our oldest marathon newbie was 62; it is about participation and about being part of something bigger than yourself.

Currently we have about 12 committed runners from mid-coast Maine, Hebron, Boston and other outside areas for our 2012 team and would like to add another 12 to our 2013 team. If you want to consider this challenge in 2013 you can email me and I’ll invite you to the next info meeting.

For more info on the “Smokestack Grill 5K” or the “Go MALAWI” team please contact Reade Brower at: