2014-09-12 / Community

Race, walk will benefit land, history in South Portland

The South Portland Land Trust, South Portland Historical Society and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine have partnered to present the Bug Light 5K Run & Walk in celebration of livable, scenic, healthy and historic South Portland. On Sunday, Oct. 12 at 9 a.m., participants of all abilities will set off on a scenic course, which begins in Bug Light Park and runs along the Spring Point Shoreway through the Willard neighborhood to Willard Square before ending at the park via the Greenbelt Walkway. Last year, the race attracted 600 runners and walkers. Organizers have enhanced the race with chip timing, technical T-shirts and a kid’s fun run at 8:30 a.m. on race day.

“The South Portland Land Trust, South Portland Historical Society, and Anthem believe that this community race helps to draw attention to our wonderful city, its parks, trails and rich history, and at the same time gets more people out exercising and enjoying the outdoors here in South Portland,” said Kathy DiPhilippo, executive director of the South Portland Historical Society. “We are excited that this event showcases the natural beauty and history of South Portland and encourages people of all ages and abilities to get out, get fit, and support their community,” DiPhilippo said.

Race organizers are crediting Anthem and other local sponsors with stepping up in a big way to support the missions of the South Portland Land Trust and the South Portland Historical Society. In addition, the CG Group Portland Division Naval Sea Cadets are again providing most of the event’s volunteers.

Participants can register online at www.buglight5k.com. Those who register by Monday, Sept. 15 will receive the race’s technical T-shirt with a logo by Donna Duquette. For more information, visit www.BugLight5K.com or contact DiPhilippo at 767-7299.

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