2012-10-05 / Community

A Window on the Past

First annual Bug Light 5K Run/Walk this Sunday
By Kathryn DiPhilippo
South Portland Historical Society

The South Portland Historical Society, the South Portland Land Trust and Anthem BlueCross and BlueShield are excited to collaborate on a new community road race. The Bug Light 5K will start at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7. More than 400 runners and walkers will begin at the boat launch area at Bug Light Park and will follow the coastal course around the city’s historic east end. The course will have a view of both of South Portland’s lighthouses, Fort Preble and the Southern Maine Community College campus, and then will run through Willard Square and back to Bug Light Park to finish in front of Bug Light.

In addition to volunteers from both nonprofits, the Coast Guard group Portland Division Naval Sea Cadets will provide much of the volunteer help needed to make this a smooth-running event.

Our thanks to all of them and to the many sponsors of this year’s inaugural run: presenting sponsor, Anthem BlueCross and BlueShield; media sponsor, Big Hits Y100.9; lightkeeper sponsors, Snap Fitness and Maine Mall; harbor watch sponsors, Soma Massage & Wellness and Noyes Hall & Allen Insurance; and fleet sponsors, Hannaford Supermarkets and the city of South Portland. Race promotions have been provided by 19 Oaks Strategic Marketing. Thanks also to Coca Cola, Mister Bagel (Mill Creek and Maine Mall), and McDonald’s in Mill Creek for additional donations of product for participants.

Proceeds from the Bug Light 5K will benefit both the South Portland Historical Society and South Portland Land Trust to support park, trail and historic preservation projects in the city. For more information on registering for the event, viewing a map of the race course, or other information, visit http://www.buglight5k.com/.

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