MAPLETON — A road race has been added to the events of Farm Festival at Maple Meadow Farms in June. The Maine Dairy Promotion Board will sponsor the Farm Fest 5K Milk Run, which will start at 8 a.m. Sunday, June 30. The race is open to all ages and is a 3.2 mile easy to moderate course.
The course starts with a low gradual hill, flattens a bit, turns into a downhill and ends on a moderate hill that turns into a flat. It starts at Route 163, turns left onto the Griffin Ridge Road, bears right onto the Garland Road and a left back on to Route 163. There will be water stops at miles 1 and 2 and the finish. The race begins and ends at Maple Meadow Farms.
“We wanted to be involved in the Farm Festival and thought a 5K with a dairy theme in such a beautiful farming community would be a fun event,” said Jami Badershall, Maine Dairy Promotion Board’s communications manager and race director. “Because of the balance of proteins and carbohydrates, milk is a great way to refuel after running or working out; and dairy is a huge component of agriculture in Maine, so this is a good fit. June is National Dairy Month, so the timing works well also.”
Runners will be able to refuel with chocolate milk at the end of the race, and each participant will receive a t-shirt and goodie bag. Because this is the first Milk Run, the race will be capped at 100 runners. Cost to run is $20. Registration will be taken at the Maine Dairy Promotion Board’s booth at Farm Fest on Saturday, June 29 or anytime online at http://www.raceit.com/search/event.aspx?id=20572.
“We are encouraging people to come out and support the runners also,” Badershall said. “ Just be sure to bring your cowbells to cheer them on.”
For more information about Farm Festival, visit www.maplemeadowfarms.com. For more information about the Maine Dairy Promotion Board, visit www.drinkmainemilk.org.