Local Briefs: Patriot 5K race May 21

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GRAY — This year’s second-annual Patriot 5K on Saturday, May 21 is guaranteed to be one of Gray/New Gloucester’s largest events, bringing together the communities in support of their children. Event co-sponsor, The Liberty Family Foundation, recently announced a gift of more than $10,000.

The funds will be used, in part to offer some of the best prize money in the state for a 5K road race/walk. Additionally, funds from the Liberty Family Foundation commitment will be used to off set costs for the Kids Fun Run so that there will be no registration fee for children this year. Last year, nearly 100 children participated in the Kids Fun Run, and that number is expected to triple in 2011.

In addition to the support of local business and civic minded individuals, several other community organizations have come on board to help ensure the event’s success, including the Gray Fire and Rescue, New Gloucester Fire and Rescue, Fiddleheads Center for the Arts, and much of the volunteer support will come from the Patriot Parents PTO, the races beneficiary.

From the start, the Patriot 5K race committee set out to create an event that would not only support local schools but also bring a renewed sense of community to the area. Organizers hope to raise nearly $20,000 this year. 

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Participants can see the course and register for the race, walk or fun run at www.patriot5k.org. The first 200 registrants will receive a free tech shirt, the next 200 will receive cotton tees, and everyone will take home a goodie bag.

The entry fee will be $15 in advance and $20 on race day if the event is not already full at 600 competitors. The kids fun run will be a half-mile loop near St. Gregory’s Church, and each participating child will receive a medal and prize. Healthy snacks will also be available for the kids thanks to race sponsor Hannaford.

Softball clinic slated

LEWISTON — Openings are still available for Lewiston Recreation’s Seven Inning Spring Softball Clinic on May 7 for girls in grades 3 to 6. Rain date is May 21.

The clinic will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on the Upper Franklin Pasture Softball Field (next to Lewiston High School, 156 East Avenue).

The clinic will include conditioning, stretching, throwing, fielding mechanics, development of the infielder & outfielder (drills/strategies), pitching, catching, and hitting. The clinic will be presented by Lewiston High School softball coach Fred Royer and LHS varsity softball players.

Fee to participate is $10, and gloves and cleats will be needed. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Lewiston Recreation Department, 65 Central Avenue, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Each registration includes a t-shirt for the participant.

Inquiries may be directed to 513-3005.

Humane Society golf tourney

BRUNSWICK — Join Coastal Humane Society for a day of golf in support of the animals at the Brunswick Golf Club on Monday, June 6. Sign up your team of four for 18 holes (shotgun start, scramble format), a cook-out luncheon and ample awards and prizes for your winning scores. For a complete schedule of events or to register your team of four, go to www.coastalhumanesociety.org.

Sugarloaf Marathon accepting entries

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — With more than 780 runners already registered, this year’s Sugarloaf Marathon and 15K will see the largest field of runners in its 29-year history. The marathon, set for Sunday, May 15, is Maine’s oldest continuously run marathon, and attracts runners from around the world.

Last year’s race saw roughly 720 runners compete in the two races, which was the largest turnout in the event’s history. This year’s pre-registration numbers have already surpassed that mark.

As an official qualifying race for the Boston Marathon certified by the United States Track and Field Association (USATF), the Sugarloaf Marathon is popular among running enthusiasts. Despite its mountainous setting the course is primarily downhill, and ends with a gradual 16-mile descent. Marathon runners regularly record personal-best times at Sugarloaf.

The Sugarloaf Marathon provides runners with spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges and the Carrabassett River. Wildlife sightings are common, as runners share the roads and environment with the area’s abundant population of moose and deer.

Runners may register for the marathon for $78 through May 12, and the Sugarloaf 15K for $38 through May 12. There will be no on-site or day-of registration for either race. Registration will close at 11 p.m. on Thursday, May 12. Interested runners should visit www.sugarloaf.com/marathon to register online.

Special Olympics day scheduled in Oxford County

PARIS — For the 11th year in a row, athletes from all parts of Oxford County will flock to the Gouin Sports Complex at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School for the Oxford County Special Olympics Training Day.

On Thursday, May 12, more than 170 athletes, 70 coaches and 30 volunteers will attend the event. The training day allows athletes to prep for the upcoming 44th Annual State Summer Games held at the University of Maine, Orono from June 10 to 12.

Events for the day will parallel the regular Olympic Games and will include running, walking and throwing events, as well as standing and running long jumps and bocce. Rain date is set for Friday, May 13. The public is invited to attend the competition and cheer the athletes in their efforts.

Sawin Millett, the Commissioner of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services for Governor LePage’s Administration, is scheduled to be the opening speaker. Law enforcement officers as well as military personnel will be on hand to bestow awards to all athletes involved in competition. PACE Ambulance is also scheduled to be present to lend a hand if needed. After the events, athletes, coaches and volunteers will once again be treated to lunch by volunteers from the Foster-Carroll Unit 72 American Legion Auxiliary from South Paris.

To find out more how you can make a difference with Special Olympics in Oxford County, contact Sandra Hebert at (207)562-8098 or emmar05@roadrunner.com. To learn more about how you can participate in Special Olympics of Maine at the state level call Linda Fredericks at (207) 879-0489, or email her at SOMEemail@aol.com.

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