2014-04-04 / Community

Boys & Girls Clubs celebrates running

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine’s Alumni Association will celebrate its 85th Annual Patriots Day 5-Miler at noon Monday, April 21. For 2014, the race was moved back to Monday from Sunday since the day before is Easter Sunday. In addition to supporting college scholarships for seniors associated with the clubs, this year on the same day as the Boston Marathon, at least $1,000 of proceeds will benefit The One Fund in Boston to honor all those affected by the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

More than 400 runners come out to run the five-mile loop from the Portland Boys & Girls Club around Baxter Boulevard, on Patriots Day weekend – whether as part of tradition, to support college scholarships for club teens or to help strengthen their racing season.

There’s a Kids’ Fun Run at 11 a.m. And anyone person younger than 18 who runs the 5-miler receives a free oneyear membership to Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine (locations include Portland, South Portland and Auburn).

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