2013-09-13 / Community

A Window on the Past

Run or walk the Bug Light 5K for South Portland
By Kathryn DiPhilippo
South Portland Historical Society

We hope that you will register now for the upcoming Bug Light 5K, presented by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maine. This second annual race/walk will take place Sunday, Oct. 13, and is a benefit for two South Portland community nonprofits: South Portland Historical Society and South Portland Land Trust. Race organizers from both organizations are working hard to create another great event this year. You can expect the same course that follows our scenic waterfront, directional assistance from the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets, post-race refreshments, awards and several improvements, including chip timing and a kids’ fun run.

Why register now? Registering early helps us know how many people to expect so we can plan the best event possible. There is also a deadline for receiving a free tech T-shirt with your registration: Monday, Sept. 16. This year’s shirts have a beautiful new lighthouse logo designed by Donna Duquette.

Of course, with chip timing, avid 5Kers can get an accurate time and, hopefully, record their personal best time of the year. There will also be awards for the top finishers by age category. But you don’t have to be a competitive athlete. We encourage people of all ages and abilities to participate, get some exercise and stay healthy. Did you know that one of the best things you can do to enhance your memory as you get older is to walk and be active? Studies now show that a daily walk does more for your memory than doing crossword puzzles. And when you walk the Bug Light 5K, along with improving your own health, you are supporting the work of both the South Portland Historical Society and South Portland Land Trust.

For more information and to register for the race, go to www.buglight5k.com. Your $20 registration fee supports parks, trails and historic preservation in South Portland. Please register today … and get walking!

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