It's really happening! There's going to be a live, in-person, non-virtual race in Waterville this month!!!!
The 2020 Doc & Mardie 5k will be a LIVE race, with waves of 40 or less participants in each wave.
Face masks will be required when within 6 feet of another participant, including the start line. We will modify the start to allow for social distancing.
In the spirit of Doc & Mardie there is even awards for the oldest Male and Female finishers!
Join us Saturday, August 22nd for our 15th Annual Doc & Mardie 5k, an amazing time!
We are going to put on an actual live race in a few week. Wave starts with 40 or less people in each wave.
Sounds like a few of you may be itching for a race with live competition!
All Central Maine Striders members get 25% off their registration fee.
Key things you need to know / current modifications:
We hope that you can join us as we bring live road racing back to Central Maine in a few weeks, while honoring the memory of Doc & Mardie Brown and supporting the Alfond Youth & Community Center!
For more information or to register, go to the Facebook event webpage or the race registration webpage.
Race Director Patrick Guerette gave us this update about the Doc & Mardie 5k scheduled for August:
Over 20 years ago I ran the Palermo Days 5k, I vaguely recall the course, I have no idea my time, but I have a pretty vivid memory of watching an 80 year old lady finish the race, and being completely blown away by her effort. I know I had run other races with Mardie Brown, but for some reason this is the race that sticks out in my mind.
As a teenager, I know I didn't fully grasp how amazing Mardie or her husband Donald "Doc" Brown were, but after directing the Doc & Mardie 5k for the past 8 years, and listening to other Central Maine Striders share their affections and stories, it's hard not to amazed. It wasn't until after moving back to Waterville in 2012 that I learned Mardie was not only a runner, but more impressively, an age group record holder in Master's Swimming and that Doc was a tennis & racquetball player into his 90's, when injuries slowed him down to just working out several times a week.
Now, as Race Director for the Doc & Mardie 5k its been my pleasure to honor the memory of Doc & Mardie, share their story, and hopefully inspire others to get & stay active at any age. I hope you will join me at the Alfond Youth & Community Center on Saturday, August 22nd for the 15th Annual Doc & Mardie 5k. We are currently working on a plan that would allow us to hold a live race with appropriate social distancing measures. For more information, please visit https://docmardie5k.weebly.com/.
The 2018 Northeast Delta Dental Mt. Washington Road Race will take place on Saturday, June 16. Anyone that would like to run the challenging 7.6-mile race to the top must apply for a slot by entering a lottery. Lottery registration is open now through February 26.
Runners can enter the race lottery at:
Lottery entrants will be informed on March 1 if they are accepted.
If you are rejected, you may contact Central Maine Striders to request a spot in the race. There are a limited number of entries per team for club members. Runners will have to provide a volunteer to assist the club on race day.
Please contact Ron Paquette for more info, if you may want a slot, or to help coordinate club volunteers and runners: email@example.com
The club has had a team entered at the Mt. Washington Road Race for many years. The 2018 race will be held on Saturday, June 16. To learn more about this challenging, all-uphill, 7.6-mile race up the Auto Road, visit: mountwashingtonroadrace.com
Have fun hanging out with your fellow Striders club members while competing in a 100-mile relay race this spring. Members are currently organizing several Striders teams for the 2018 Riverlands 100 & Relay race in Turner, Maine, on May 12 and 13.
Riverlands 100 is 100-mile relay or solo trail race organized by Trail Monster Running. Each relay team has five runners and each runner completes a 20-mile, out-and-back loop.
Karen Gross, who ran the inaugural 2017 race with team Kennebec Trail Runners (read their 2017 race report), is helping to organize Striders teams for 2018.
All abilities are welcome to join a club relay team. The Riverlands course is mostly wide dirt roads and is very easy to run, says Karen. Aid stations are positioned about every five miles along the course. The cutoff time is 32 hours, so even slower runners will have plenty of time to finish.
The cost is $55 for each relay runner ($275 per team). This includes a race tee and a very cool hooded sweatshirt with a race logo if your team finishes before the cutoff time. For a bigger challenge, solo runners can compete in the full 100 miler ($160 registration fee).
If interested in joining a Striders team at Riverlands or if you have questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out to Karen Gross directly.
For more information on the Riverlands 100 & Relay, put on by Trail Monster Running, visit www.riverlands100.com.
Striders Club Run at Riverlands
IMPORTANT UPDATE: The date for the club run at Riverlands has been postponed due to trail conditions. Once a new date has been selected we'll update the info.
Weather permitting Karen Gross will lead an easy, no-drop, 10-mile club run at Androscoggin Riverlands State Park for Striders members interested in joining a relay team.
The group will follow the Old River Road Trail on an out-and-back run, so runners can adjust the distance up or down to their liking. Meet at the Androscoggin Riverlands State Park entrance off Center Bridge Road, Turner, Maine.
Directions: Travel Route 117 east from Turner about 2 miles, turning right at a fork just before a four-way intersection. Continue onto Center Bridge Road and proceed another 2 miles to the parking lot on right just before the Turner boat launch.
Run, walk, waddle, or race and join Central Maine Striders for an invigorating run at the 39th annual 4.5-mile January Thaw Road Race. This year’s race is scheduled for Sunday, January 21, at 11 a.m. at the Belgrade Central School.
The top female and male runners will receive $50 gift certificates each from New Balance. There also will be a post-race raffle for all runners with movie passes to local movie theaters, $20 gift certificates from local businesses like the Korner Store and Deli in Oakland, and gift certificates from local lumberyards. All runners get lightweight cotton gloves.
Refreshments will be served after the race in the Belgrade Central School cafeteria and will include oranges, bananas, hot chili, dark chocolate brownies, and Poland Spring water.
In the case of severe weather, the race will be held on Sunday, January 28, instead.
Want to run up New Hampshire's Mt. Washington with other Central Maine Striders in June?
If you are interested in running the 2017 Northeast Delta Dental Mt. Washington Road Race as part of the Central Maine Striders team, please contact Ron Paquette at email@example.com as soon as possible. There are a limited number of entries per team for club members. Once Ron hears from you, he will get back to you about the procedures.
The club has had a team entered at the Mt. Washington Road Race for many years. The 2017 race will be held on Saturday, June 17. To learn more about this challenging, all-uphill, 7.6-mile race up the Auto Road, visit: mountwashingtonroadrace.com
If you want to run, but not as part of a team, open registration for interested runners is open now through March 1 via a lottery system.
By Geoff Hill, race co-director
Congratulations to Ron Peck (28:24) and Julie Millard (35:43), winners of the 38th annual, 4.5-mile January Thaw Road Race held on January 15 in Belgrade.
Thank you to everyone who helped with the race and special thanks to race co-directors Gene Roy and Ron Paquette. Also special thanks to David Colby Young who comes every year regardless of the weather to take pictures of the race and runners. I could not do it without all the help from our team.
2017 January Thaw Race Results
38th January Thaw Road Race
January 15, 2017, 10 a.m.
Belgrade Central School
Central Maine Striders
1. Ron Peck 28:24
2. Jack Babin 31:16
3. Peter Wirth 32:02
4. Gust Stringos 35:07
5. Richard Beaudoin 35:18
6. Julie Millard 35:43*
7. Harold Shaw 35:58
8. Susan brooks 36:09*
9. Alicia MacLeay 36:27*
10. Jeff Preble 37:55
11. Richard Bissett 38:03
12. Tammy Moulton 38:33*
13. Chad Tracy 39:42
14. Shara Marquis 39:52*
15. Lori Kaley 42:04*
16. Dave Samuelian 46:52
17. Joe Phelan 48:14
18. David Benn 48:16
19. Casey Beaudoin 49:54*
20. Tom McGuire 50:07
21. Donnejean Puhlman 50:11*
22. Jim Moore 52:36
23. Ron Paquette 53:09
See more race day pictures, courtesy of David Colby Young and Maine Running Photos:
The 6th annual Run/Walk Trek for Life 5K will be held Saturday, June 25, at 9 a.m. at Thomas College in Waterville. The race benefits Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area and L.N. Clark Inspiration Network.
Advance registration is available online. Check-in and day-of registration starts at 8 a.m. The race starts at 9 a.m. and begins and ends at Thomas College.
The race route begins at 180 West River Road in Waterville at Thomas College and proceeds north towards Kennedy Memorial Drive. The route turns around at Roland Street and back then past the start to Eaglewood Drive (the sports fields) and down the back way through campus to the finish line.
Long-time Strider member Donnajean Pohlman is the event's race director.
Registration is $20. Register today!
Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area (HVWA) is a non-profit organization founded in 1980 that serves 27 communities in Central Maine. It exists to provide non-medical support to individuals and their families during the last phases of life, to loved ones throughout the grieving process, and to educate the community regarding issues related to death and grieving. Bereavement services are available to anyone who has sustained loss either through illness or unexpectedly. HVWA is volunteer based and community funded.
The L.N. Clark Inspiration Network is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, established in 2008. Its goal is to help Maine cancer patients and their families. So many people need support and services in many areas during their medical oncology journey. Its passion is to lighten the burden and stress for the individuals in a meaningful way. A cancer patient's journey is a massive challenge; trying to get help should not be.
To register: https://runsignup.com/Race/ME/Waterville/TrekforLife5K
The fourth annual Quarry Road Summer Race Series kicks off on Tuesday, June 7, with a 3K trail race at Watervillle’s Quarry Road Trails.
The series, a favorite amongst local runners, offers weekly races most Tuesday nights, starting on June 7 and continuing through August 16. Races start at 6 p.m. and distances alternate between 3K, 5K, and 8K. Free weekly fun runs for youth 12 and under are held at 5:30 p.m.
Runners can pre-register online for the entire nine-race series for $35 at www.quarryroadraces.com/registration.html
Runners also can register for individual races for $5 the day of starting at 5 p.m. All race proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCA of Greater Waterville.
Last summer, more than 250 runners participated in the series. Numbers are expected to rise in 2016, according to Race Director Patrick Guerette, who organizes the series with support from the Central Maine Striders running club.
“We’re fortunate to have access to such an amazing facility right in our backyard,” said Guerette of the Quarry Road multi-use trails. “Each year runners bring more and more friends to the series to try it out. They have a great time, and keep coming back.”
Each week the overall Male and Female finishers will receive a gift card from that week’s race sponsor. 2016 sponsors include The End Zone, Selah Tea, Downtown Smoothie, It's A Good Pizza, and Big G’s Deli.
Series runners also compete for Overall and Age Group awards sponsored by New Balance, with their best time at each of the three distances (3K, 5K, and 8K) totaled into the overall standings.
Fun run sponsor Inland Hospital provides healthy prizes for each youth that finishes the weekly fun run.
“The series is a great way to get in a workout with other runners from around Central Maine on some beautiful trails,” said Brendan Gilpatrick, Central Maine Striders club vice president.
“The Quarry Road trail races are fun, family-friendly, and welcoming for runners of all abilities,” said Alicia MacLeay, a Central Maine Striders board member and series participant. “And the trails add an extra level of interest and challenge. You’ll see everyone out there from kids completing their first race to top local runners blazing down the trails.”
Featured races start at 6 p.m. Day-of registration opens at 5 p.m. Kids fun runs start at 5:30 p.m.
June 7: 3K
June 14: 5K
June 21: 8K
June 28: Makeup or Course Previews
July 5: 3K
July 12: 5K
July 19: 8K
July 26: Makeup or Course Previews
August 2: 8K
August 9: 5K
August 16: 3K & Awards
August 23: Makeup or Course Previews
For more info on the Quarry Road Summer Race Series, please visit www.quarryroadraces.com.
Contact: Patrick Guerette_
Run and shoot paintballs in a fun family-friendly event to support the Central Maine Ski Club on Saturday, November 7.
Paintball 5K Run Biathlon
Saturday, November 7
Quarry Road Trails Recreation Area, Waterville
9 -10:30 a.m. Check-in and registration
9:30-10:30 a.m. Target range open for practice (paintball guns and instruction provided)
10:30 a.m. Run biathlon with two shooting sessions (distance and start times vary by category)
Adult and high school students run 5K; grades 5-8 run 3K; grades 1-4 run 1.5K; kindergarten and younger run 1K.
Registration fee: $10 youths and $15 adults ($5 added to fee for day of event registration). All proceeds benefit the Central Maine Ski Club.
The paintball biathlon is part of the Quarry Road Fall Festival happening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fall festival events will include trail walks, dryland dog sledding and fat bike demos, a hay bale maze, pumpkin bowling, family orienteering, face painting, and hot cider and refreshments.
Central Maine Ski Club is looking for volunteers for the biathlon (setup, timing, course monitors, registration, etc.) and the fall festival. Contact Caroline Mathes for more info (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To pre-register for the biathlon (encouraged), please visit:
For more info: 207-397-3477 or www.centralmaineskiclub.org