I'm not a competitive person when it comes to athletics (academics... well, that's another story). I don't enjoy competing and racing at all. You're probably wondering then, why have I voluntarily payed good money to enter all of these road races? And, even more importantly, why am I trying to get you to enter them too?
Because, road races can be about more than just winning. They're a great place to test your fitness, meet other runners who are about your pace, try out a new running route, get a t-shirt and/or medal for your training run, run with a different crowd, experience the pre-race excitement and celebrate your accomplishment afterwards with a whole bunch of people who truly get what you just did.
Photo by Maine Running Photos, Bangor Labor Day 5-Miler, 2010
We are in the thick of road racing season here in Eastern Maine and there are so many to choose from! Here are just a few:
June 11: Garelick Farms Main Street 1 Mile Milk Run (Bangor)
June 25: Tour du Lac 10 Miler (Bucksport)
June 26: Rail Trails Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay and 5k (Augusta)
July 4: Walter Hunt Memorial Fourth of July 3K (Bangor/Brewer)
July 30: Bucksport Bay Festival 5k (Bucksport)
August 14: County Open Half Marathon & Half Marathon Relay (Island Falls)
August 20: Machias Blueberry Race 5 Mile & 1 Mile Fun Run (Machias)
August 20: Champion the Cure Challenge 5k & 10k (Brewer)
August 27: Northeast Harbor 5-Mile Road Race (Northeast Harbor)
Sept 5: Bangor Labor Day 5 Mile Road Race (Bangor)
Sept 17: MDI Y Fall 5K and Half Marathon (Bar Harbor)
Sept 18: Race for the Cure (Bangor)