2012-08-31 / Community

Land trust, historical society announce race

The South Portland Land Trust and South Portland Historical Society have partnered to create the first Bug Light 5K Run/Walk set for 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. Proceeds from the race will be used to support park, trail and historical preservation projects throughout the city of South Portland.

Participants of all abilities from elite runners to leisurely walkers are invited to enjoy the professionally timed, certified and scenic 5K run. The course is from Bug Light Park to Spring Point Shoreway through the historic Willard neighborhood to Willard Square and then back to the park via the Greenbelt Walkway. The course can be viewed on the race’s website: www.buglight5k.com.

“The South Portland Land Trust and South Portland Historical Society are organizing the race in support of our city’s parks, trails and historically significant places. We believe that the race will grow steadily in the years to come and, as it grows, it will continue to draw attention to our wonderful city and stream money into the local economy,” said South Portland Land Trust Program Manager Jon DorĂ©.

The race organizers are teaming up with Anthem BlueCross BlueShield in support of health and wellness.

“The Bug Light 5K highlights how park and trail projects promote exercise, outdoor activities and help us become a healthier community,” said Jon DorĂ©, South Portland Land Trust program manager. “Our projects clearly support the goals of Anthem’s 360 Health Initiative and make this a perfect partnership.”

In addition, the CG Group Portland Division Naval Sea Cadets are providing most of the event’s volunteers.

Participants can register online now at www.buglight5k.com. Those who register by Sunday, Sept. 16 will receive the race’s inaugural T-shirt.

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