2018-10-05 / Community

A Window on the Past

Walk (or run) the Bug Light 5K to support preservation
By Kathryn Onos DiPhilippo
South Portland Historical Society

Great weather is expected to be in place this Sunday, Oct. 7 for the sixth annual Bug Light 5K. Not too hot, not too cold, just a perfect weather day for a run or walk along South Portland’s eastern waterfront. This year’s race will benefit the South Portland Historical Society and its museum at Bug Light Park.

This event is a 5K with chip timing that doesn’t begin until you cross the start line. The faster runners will be at the front of the group, while those walking can hang back to take the course at a more leisurely pace. Whether you walk, jog or run the 5K, your registration fee goes directly to support the work of the historical society.

The 5K starts at 9 a.m., plus a kids’ fun run will take place at 8:30 a.m., so please arrive early if you haven’t already registered to allow plenty of time to sign up and get your bib number. Same day registration will be $35 per person.

We are thrilled to have the help and support of the Portland Sea Cadets with this event. The cadets help to set up the course, direct parking, provide directional help along the 5K route and clean up after the event. Our thanks to the Sea Cadets and their unit commander, Lt. JG Williamson.

Thanks also to our returning sponsors: Noyes Hall & Allen Insurance, Bennett Law Firm and Coca Cola of Southern Maine. Our media partner this year is Rewind 100.9 FM.

The 5K is a great opportunity to get some exercise, enjoy the views of the harbor and spend a morning with your friends and neighbors in support of history in South Portland.

Also, don’t forget to plan a visit to the museum at Bug Light Park soon. The museum is open daily through the end of October, then on weekends in November and December. We’ll remove the “Our People” exhibit once we close and prepare a new exhibit for next season that will cover the history of trains and trolleys in South Portland.

For more information on any of our events, visit us on Facebook at South Portland Historical Society or call 767- 7299.

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

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