Join us for the only 5K Run/Walk and 2K Family Walk in town that also maintain an historic structure that connects two towns and many communities.. Register now, spread the word to friends and family, and start training soon for three miles near our beautiful river.
Need one more reason to sign up? The Swinging Bridge event is for the entire family. Run or Walk the 5K or walk the 2K a 20-minute jaunt around the route of the Androscoggin Riverwalk.
Early registrations are now being accepted for the 16th annual Save Our Swinging Bridge 5K run/walk and 2K family walk.
The event will start at 10 a.m., Sunday, Apr. 14, on Main Street in Topsham’s lower village.
Through March 3 , Early registration rates of $20 for adults and $15 for youths 17 and under will apply. After that date, registration fees will increase to $25 for adults and $20 for youths 17 and under.
The first 100 people to register will receive specially designed t-shirts.
Participants can register on-line at below. Registration forms also are available at the recreation departments in Brunswick and Topsham.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Save Our Swinging Bridge. Org, a non-profit organization set up to maintain and beautify the historic Swinging Bridge, one of the few remaining suspension pedestrian bridges in Maine.
Post-race awards ceremony at 11 a.m. (or as soon as timing is available) with refreshments. Prizes also will be awarded to the top male and female finishers as well as the top finishers in 10 different age groups for men and women.
The 3.1-mile road race course, certified by USA Track and Field, crosses the Androscoggin River into downtown Brunswick and recrosses the river via the Swinging Bridge before traversing Topsham Heights and returning to the finish line in Topsham’s lower village.
On Sunday, April 14 shake the winter blues and kick off the 2019 running season with the Save Our Swinging Bridge 5K and 2K Family Walk.
Victor J. LeMieux and Bertha F. LeMieux
Michael Toth, Sr. and Mary A. Toth
Stories behind the Bricks - Evans Drolet & Yvonne Brillant
Evans & Yvonne (Brillant) Drolet married after WWII and built a home on Front Street in Topsham on land given to them by Yvonne’s Mom & Dad. The Swinging Bridge played an important role in their lives leading them to fully support the project to restore it.
Growing up, Yvonne travelled to school and St. John’s church over the swinging bridge. Later on she was employed at the Cabot Mill and used the swinging bridge to go to and from her job there. I’m pretty sure Evans made more than a few visits to Yvonne by passing over the swinging bridge as well. Together they raised three children who used the swinging bridge to walk to St. John’s School and church in Brunswick.
My wife, Lucy (Evans & Yvonne’s oldest daughter), and I now live in her Mom & Dad’s home. We love having the swinging bridge there to afford us easy walks into Brunswick for business, pleasure and exercise. The bridge, along with the Brunswick-Topsham Androscoggin Riverwalk, is a true asset of our Topsham Heights neighborhood. I see people young and old using the bridge every day.
Evans & Yvonne have two commemorative bricks installed in the Topsham walkway. I look at them with pride every time I pass over the bridge. My wife & I, our two children and all of our Grandchildren also have bricks in the walkway. It’s a blessed place for us to gather!
Save Our Swinging Bridge is still accepting engraved brick donations until June 30th. You, your company, your relatives, your friends and even your pet will have a permanent place in history while supporting the Androscoggin Pedestrian Swinging Bridge. Your engraved brick will be installed at the foot of the Bridge tower on either the Topsham or the Brunswick side of the river. Your continued support will keep our bridge swinging well into the future. Donate now.
Spring is late, but we are finally running outside again!
Spring is late, but we are finally running outside again! The 15th Annual Save Our Swinging Bridge 5K run & 2K Family Walk is scheduled for Sunday, April 15th at 10 a.m. and we are looking forward to another beautiful morning run/walk.
For runners, the 5K race course is a challenging USAFT-sanctioned and certified 5K (3.1 mile) beginning in Topsham's Lower Village, immediately crossing into Brunswick's downtown, turning onto Mill Street running along the Androscoggin River, and then crossing the river at the historic Swinging Bridge. Once across the bridge runners traverse hills through the Topsham Heights Neighborhood and then back onto Summer Street to return to Topsham's Lower Village and the finish line (and food!).
Sponsors of the 5K this year are: The Times Record (media sponsor), Bar Harbor Bank & Trust (banner sponsor), Mid Coast Hospital (2K Family Walk sponsor), WGME Radio 9 (radio sponsor), AAA (registration sponsor), Shaw’s Supermarket (refreshment sponsor), Priority Real Estate Group LLC, Crooker Construction and Welltree Tree Care Specialists are also major sponsors. Organizational sponsorship provided this and each year comes from the towns of Brunswick and Topsham.
The early registration fees are $20 for adults and $15 for youths aged 17 and under. Proceeds go directly to the maintenance fund for the bridge. Past events helped restore the 126-year old Roebling-built bridge. Donations and continued support ensure the maintenance of the bridge far into the future.
We have some GREAT news to share!
The Save Our Swinging Bridge.Org has been selected AGAIN to be a part of the Hannaford Helps Cause Bag program!
We really appreciate all the support we received during our last round. Thank you! We are so happy to know we can count on you to go out and buy a few more of the Hannaford Helps bags during the month of September, at the Hannaford store located in the Topsham Fair Mall!
Don’t forget, the bag proudly displays the good karma message and we get $1 for every bag purchased!And they only cost $2.50, what a great deal!
For more information on the Hannaford Cause Bag program including updated sales numbers, please visit www.hannaford.bags4mycause.com.
Thank you so much for your continued support of Save Our Swinging Bridge.Org.
Enthusiasm for the day, the cause and the race held throughout a super warm spring day. Over 20 volunteers from the surrounding towns dedicated their Easter Sunday to helping ensure a safe route for the runners and walkers. Two sailors from the USS Peralta came to pitch in and served as road crew at the intersection of Winter and Bridge Streets.
Greater Brunswick PT teams up with Swinging Bridge 5K to offer training to 10
(Topsham) Have you dreaming of running a race but just didn’t know how to start? Training for your first 5K can give you a reason to get out the door. The good news? If you can run 10 minutes, you can run your first 5K in five weeks from when you begin training.
The better news is that free training is available to ten registered participants of the 14th Annual Save Swinging Bridge 5K. Greater Brunswick Physical Therapy (GBPT) located at 11 Bowdoin Mill Island in Topsham is a sponsor of the Swinging Bridge event and is offering free weekly training sessions for the first 10 people to sign up.
Training sessions are scheduled weekly beginning March 14 on Tuesday nights at 5:30 p.m. with trainers Carl Painchaud-Compton and Lee Spencer. Lee and Carl will provide a training plan, support and cheerleading to get you ready for the 14th Annual Save Swinging Bridge 5K scheduled April 16 at 10 a.m. at 2 Main Street, Topsham.
Whether your previous reasons for not running a 5K were the loneliness of running, finding yourself in a rut or doubting your ability to finish: working with Carl and Lee will help you be successful in your goal of running race beginning with a 5K.
Call and reserve your training spot today: 837-0558 or email email@example.com.
The two trainers have a wealth of experience and training.
Carl Painchaud-Compton joined the GBPT staff in 2012 with a B.S. in Exercise Science and Kinesiology from University of Maine at Orono. He is certified through the American College of Sports Medicine as a Health Fitness Specialist. In addition to his GBPT work with people helping to improve strength, mobility, and balance through functional exercise, Carl works one-on-one to help people reach their fitness goals.
Lee Spencer joined GBPT in 2015 with a doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of New England. He is currently working on his certification as a specialist in the McKenzie Method. Lee comes to the physical therapy world after a working as systems engineer in the U.S. Air Force with bachelor’s degrees in both Physics and Electrical Engineering. During that career, he found his passion for helping people. As a runner Lee has a special interest in treating runners and still runs competitively, racing distances from the 5K to marathon.
Greater Brunswick Physical Therapy, located at 11 Bowdoin Mill Island, Topsham, provides holistic therapy in a welcoming environment with the most current manual therapy techniques. This approach leads to a more complete resolution of symptoms and helps prevent future recurrence. GBPT is committed to providing the educational and emotional support to help your recovery enhanced by thoroughly listening to your concerns and your priorities.
Nancy E. Randolph, Treasurer and 5K&2K Director
Save Our Swinging Bridge.Org
2 Main Street, Suite 707, Topsham, ME 04086
Want a free t-shirt with a local historic bridge on it? Our 5K run-walk and 2K family walk is in need of some volunteers to keep our runners and walkers safe and on course! The event takes place on Sunday, April 16th and volunteer shifts occur between 7am and noon the day of the race.
Come out and support the Save Our Swinging Bridge 5K and 2K Family Walk, an annual race beginning in Topsham's Lower Village, crossing the bridge into Brunswick, crossing the swinging bridge back into Topsham, and then ending back at Lower Village. People are needed at certain spots along the course to direct runners. Volunteers can also help register runners & walkers, setup before the race and clean up after the race.
In addition to the shirt, volunteers will each receive a raffle ticket. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 837-0558 to sign up to volunteer.
We have some very exciting news!
The Hannaford Supermarket located in Topsham has chosen the SaveOurSwingingBridge.Org as the latest beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program!
This means for the entire month of February 2017, every time the blue reusable bag with the good karma message is purchased
at the Hannaford Topsham we receive $1!
This is truly a great opportunity for us and an easy way for you to show your support for Swinging Bridge!
Please go to the store, find the reusable bag rack and buy a few bags!
And remember to spread the word – the more bags purchased, the bigger donation to the Swinging Bridge.