2016-09-02 / Community

A Window on the Past

Bug Light 5K to support historic preservation projects
By Kathryn Onos DiPhilippo
South Portland Historical Society


The Bug Light 5K Run and Walk will not only benefit South Portland Historical Society, it will also benefit South Portland Land Trust. Participants can register early for a discount or register on the day of the race for $5 more. (Courtesy image) The Bug Light 5K Run and Walk will not only benefit South Portland Historical Society, it will also benefit South Portland Land Trust. Participants can register early for a discount or register on the day of the race for $5 more. (Courtesy image) The South Portland Historical Society and South Portland Land Trust invite you to join us at the fifth annual Bug Light 5K Race/Walk, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 9. The scenic, professionally certified course is ideal for running or walking, starting at Bug Light Park and winding its way along the waterfront, through 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. Post-race massages will be provided by Soma Massage & Wellness.

The race/walk 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; andoperates the Cushing’s Point Museum at Bug Light Park which is open to the public daily with no admission charges. The South Portland Land Trust works to preserve open, green spaces and has also worked to increase the number of walking/biking trails throughout 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 the top finishers by age category. 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 soon, you’ll be able to order a race T-shirt. Preregistration is $20 and helps us to plan our event; 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. There is a discounted registration rate for those who register as teams of four people or more.

FMI, go to the website, visit us on Facebook at Bug Light 5K, or give us a call at 767-7299.

Kathryn Onos DiPhilippo is executive director of South Portland Historical Society.

Return to top