AUBURN — The Triple Crown 5K series that was canceled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic is coming back in 2021, but with only one event in August.

Organizers said the annual Triple Crown series offers running races that create a better sense of community, promote healthy activities and increase awareness of and support for three partnering charitable organizations: The Auburn-Lewiston YMCA, through the Fit Fest; the Fletcher Foundation, through Emily’s Run; and the Bridge Run Foundation, through the LA Bridge Run.

This year, the causes and races will be consolidated into one event — the Triple Crown 5K — scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 29.

The race will follow the route of the LA Bridge Run, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Festival Plaza in Auburn. Organizers said the event will follow all safety guidelines recommended by the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention.

The event is set to include chip timing, refreshments, music and apparel for sale.

Race registration opened May 1, and an “early bird” fee of $25 will be offered until May 31. After that, registration will be $30.

Registration is online only, and those 14 or younger may participate for free.

There will be no race day registration.

Those who registered for any of the Triple Crown races in 2020 will receive a promo code for free registration, along with a free Headsweats running hat.

To register, go to triplecrown5k.racewire.com.

For information and to see a route map, go to triplecrown5k.com.

Hundreds of runners cross the start line during the 2019 Emily’s Run at Edward Little High School in Auburn. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal file

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