The Save Our Swinging Bridge 5K race course is a challenging USAFT-sanctioned and certified 5K (3.1 miles) 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.
The early registration fees are $20 for adults and $15 for youth 0-14. Any registrations received after April 10 will be charged the race day fee of $25. 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. The Save Our Swinging Bridge.Org non-profit was formed in 2006.
Prizes will be awarded directly after the results are tallied. Top finishers three deep men and women overall will receive awards—gift baskets containing merchandise and gift certificates from local businesses. Restaurant gift certificates will be awarded to the first place finishers within each age group for men and women. 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 and sweep vehicle sponsor), Goodwin Motor Group, Hannaford Supermarket and Priority Real Estate Group LLC, Mid Coast Hospital is sponsoring the 2K Family Walk. WCME-Brunswick is a partner media sponsor. 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.
Save Our Swinging Bridge.Org also needs volunteers on race day at the race course, the registration table, and for other tasks. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 837-0558 to sign up to volunteer.
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. (Photos courtesy of Save Our Swinging Bridge.Org.)
For more information:
*Save Our Swinging Bridge.Org 5K & 2K Family Walk
Nancy E Randolph, Event Coordinator