BRIDGTON – The town of Bridgton is gearing up for the 29th annual Four on the Fourth Road Race.

Last year, more than 1,500 runners registered for the race and more than 1,300 finished the USTAF certified four-mile course on July 4. This year registration numbers are up slightly and the race committee is planning on another 1,500 runner turnout.

Founded in 1976 to benefit the Bridgton Public Library and its Children’s Room, the race started as a relatively small event, which grew as local runners, summer campers and out-of-state visitors began to make it a part of their Maine Fourth of July celebration.

Today the race features online registration, Champion Chip timing, free T-shirts to the first 500 registrants, post-race refreshments and entertainment, and prize packages to open winners. Register online at, in person at the Cool Moose or pick up a red, white and blue entry form at any number of Bridgton area shops and restaurants.

Due to the limited capacity of the race course and the increasing number of participants, the Race Committee has decided, beginning with the 2005 race, to limit the number of participants to 1,500.

The fee is $15, ($18 after July 1).

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