2014-08-29 / Community

A Window on the Past

5K supports society, land trust
By Kathryn DiPhilippo
South Portland Historical Society

Nate Priest from Yarmouth crosses the finish line at last year’s Bug Light 5K. He won with a time of 16:59. (Denise Michaud courtesy photo) Nate Priest from Yarmouth crosses the finish line at last year’s Bug Light 5K. He won with a time of 16:59. (Denise Michaud courtesy photo) The South Portland Historical Society and South Portland Land Trust invite you to join us at the third annual Bug Light 5K Race/Walk presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, to be held at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 12.

The scenic, professionally certified course is ideal for running or walking, starting at Bug Light Park and winding its way along the waterfront, through historic Fort Preble and Southern Maine Community College, out to Willard Square and then back to the park. Members of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets will be stationed along the course to provide directions. A Kids Fun Run will take place before the 5K, at 8:30 a.m.

The event is a joint fundraiser for the two community nonprofits. The South Portland Historical Society collects and preserves historical photographs, papers, objects and other items significant to the community’s past. It also operates the Cushing’s Point Museum at Bug Light Park, which is open to the public daily with no admission. The South Portland Land Trust works to preserve open, green spaces and also aims to increase the number of walking/biking trails through the city. Together, these two nonprofits center all of their funding and resources on improving the quality of life in South Portland.

People of all ages and fitness abilities take part in the Bug Light 5K. Cash prizes are available to the top overall finishers and medals are given to top finishers by age category. Automated chip timing ensures accurate times. Whether running the race to win an award or to get that personal best time, or just walking the beautiful course with views of Casco Bay and the islands, participants know that they are supporting two worthy nonprofits. We also know that walking is a great way to keep your body and mind active and healthy.

Registration for the Bug Light 5K is now open and if you preregister within the next week, you’ll be eligible to receive a free T-shirt. Preregistration is $20 and helps organizers to plan the event. If space is available on the day of the race/walk, same day registrations will be $25. Log on to the race website at www.buglight5k.com to learn more and to register.

Thank you so much for your support. Please consider encouraging other family members, friends and neighbors to come out and join you in the race/walk. For more information, go to the website, visit us on Facebook at Bug Light 5K or call 767-7299.

Kathryn DiPhilippo is director of South Portland Historical Society.

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