Coalition encourages residents to get moving


FARMINGTON – Healthy Community Coalition is encouraging residents of greater Franklin County to enter the three running/walking events held on three consecutive Fridays.

“You don’t have to be Dash from the Incredibles to have fun in a race – just willing to get off your couch and take a fun walk with friends and neighbors,” said Sandy Richard, RN, HCC’s program manager. “It’s fine to walk your way through a race; you win just by trying.”

Richard pointed out that additional prizes are available for individuals who participate in all three races. The races are:

Friday, July 27: the 27th annual Strawberry Festival 5K and kids’ one-mile, downtown Farmington, 5:30 and 6:15 p.m. Contact Kelley Cullenberg, 778-4971 or [email protected] Registration will begin at 4:30 in front of Shiretown Insurance, Upper Broadway.

Friday, Aug. 3: Wilton Blueberry Festival 10K and kids’ one-mile, 6 and 6:30 p.m. Contact Steve Russell at 778-3440 or [email protected] Registration will begin at 5 p.m. at Wiles Funeral Home parking lot, High Street.

Friday, Aug. 10: Cougar Soccer Classic 5K and kids’ one-mile on the Whistlestop Trail, 6 and 6:30 p.m. Contact Steve Russell at 778-3440 or [email protected] Registration will begin at 5 p.m. at the Whistlestop Trail parking lot, West Farmington, near Maxwell’s Market.

Each race will include a kids’ one-mile fun run that will take place prior to the main event. Walkers are also encouraged to participate. A limited number of T-shirts are available in each race, and prizes are awarded to top finishers in several age categories. There will be special prizes and recognition for being in all three races.

Local race organizers Steve Russell and Kelley Cullenberg have been working with the event organizers for the Strawberry Festival (formerly Moonlight Madness) and Wilton Blueberry Festival for years helping to make the races happen.

This year the third race is a fundraiser, which aims to not only complete a three-part races series but to raise money for the SAD 9 high school soccer programs.

The coalition is a Healthy Maine Partnership and an affiliate of the Franklin Community Health Network. Call 645-3136 or toll free at 1-800-525-3136 or visit for more information.