FRYEBURG —  The Third Annual Dole 3 Miler takes place on Saturday, August 6, 2016, 8 a.m. on the Mountain Division Trail in Fryeburg. Organized by the Fryeburg New Church Assembly, a Swedenborgian Church Camp on the right bank of the Saco River, just across the road from the Fryburg Mountain Division Trailhead. this race is the namesake of the Rev. Dr. George F. Dole, theologian, lifelong runner, and a native of Fryeburg.

In organizing this race, rather than create another traditional 5K, the slightly shorter three miles was chosen to celebrate George’s serendipitous participation in one of the most famous sporting events in world history: Roger Bannister’s historic Four-Minute Mile. George, who had been a strong half-miler at Yale, was then a graduate student at Oxford University in England. He had recently won the prestigious one-mile race for Oxford against Cambridge, earning him the invitation to participate in the now legendary May 6, 1954 one-mile race that would be the first successful attempt by a human to run a mile in under four minutes.

Now 85 years old, George has hinted that the 2016 Dole 3 Miler may be his last race.

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