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!).
The early registration fees are $20 for adults and $15 for youths aged 14 and under. Proceeds go directly to the maintenance fund for the bridge. Past events helped restore the 118-year old Roebling-built bridge. Donations and continued support ensure the maintenance of the bridge far into the future.
Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers three deep men and women overall will receive awards--gift baskets containing merchandise and gift certificates from local businesses. First-place finishers within each age group for men and women will be awarded restaurant gift certificates. Placement certificates will be awarded to male and female finishers three deep to each age group category. A raffle will award any unclaimed prizes.
Sponsors of the 5K this year are: The Times Record (media sponsor), Androscoggin Dental Care, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust (registration sponsor), Cool as a Moose, Goodwin Motor Group, Hannaford Supermarket, WGME Radio 9, Waterfront Maine and Priority Real Estate Group LLC, Mid Coast Hospital is sponsoring the 2K Family Walk. Organizational sponsorship provided this and each year comes from Brunswick and Topsham Parks and Recreation Departments and both Rotary Clubs of Brunswick and Topsham Expresso.
Local businesses have donated to the prizes and raffle: Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Bangkok Garden Restaurant, Fairground Cafe, Frontier Café, Gelato Fiasco, Henry and Marty Restaurant, Kennebec Tavern, New England Medical Fitness, Pedro O'Haras, Reny's Department Store, Richard's Restaurant, Scarlet Begonias, Sea Dog Brewing Co., Wicked Joes Coffee and Wild Oats Bakery. Brunswick-based dermatologist Nancy Egan is supplying sunscreen packets for participates.
Registration is $25 for adults and $20 for youths after April 11th. Register online at www.saveourbridge.org or www.active.com or at the Recreation Department in both Brunswick and Topsham. Participants are asked to gather in front of the Red Mill on Bowdoin Mill Island, 1 Main Street, Topsham, no later than 9:30 a.m.
For more information:
Save Our Swinging Bridge.Org 5K & 2K Family Walk
Nancy E Randolph, Event Coordinator
2 Main Street Ste 707, Topsham ME 04086
Phone: 207-837-6188 Fax: 207-729-4600 Cell 207-837-0558