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MAINE & NEW HAMPSHIRE’S GUIDE TO RUNS, RIDES, TRI’S & EVENTS OF ALL SIZES

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2017 FITNESS & EVENT LISTINGS

SPRING 2017

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CONTENTS

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TREK ACROSS MAINE

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SEACOAST CANCER 5K

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features

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FLOAT YOUR WAY TO RECOVERY THE SEASONAL RUNNER

10 THE SEASONAL RUNNER

Leaping into spring and summer running, check out these tips and yoga poses to get you ready.

16 THIS YEAR’S GEAR TRENDS

Geometric shoe designs, stretching tools, and new tech.

GEAR

19 TRAINING GROUPS

Social running groups who meet in Portland and Brunswick

20 FLOAT YOUR WAY TO RECOVERY

Used by Olympians and pro athletes, float tanks are an amazing tool for recovery.

24 LONGDISTANCE CYLCING

Finding the perfect fuel for you

86 TRAIN STRESS FREE

5 tips to keeping your training fun and focused

21 AVOIDING INJURY

Tips for a safe start to your running season

22 YOUR NEW OBSESSION

Obstacle Course Racing is gaining in popularity. Find out why.

TOUGH MUDDER

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BY JEFF MCANINCH

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MS RIDE

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2016 Seascoast Cancer 5K Photo: Virgil Mehalek

Photos courtesy Bike MS

southern maine

Courtesy of Tour De Cure 6 spring 2017

Kittery 5K Run and Walk Photo: Steven Erhard


2016 Seascoast Cancer 5K Photo: Virgil Mehalek

Southern maine & NH

events

RUN 11TH ANNUAL KITTERY FIRE ASSOCIATION 5K RUN & WALK

May 21: Sunday 9 AM start, Kids Run at 10 AM. Running and walking along the waterfront in beautiful Coastal Kittery. Awards, raffles, food, and fun for the whole family. All proceeds to benefit the Kittery Fire Association. For more information and to register: WWW.KITTERY5K.COM

YORK HOSPITAL 5K ROAD & CROSS COUNTRY RACE

June 3rd: Saturday 8:30 AM start at York Hospital. 3.1 miles of scenic York Harbor and York Village. Chip timing. T-shirts to the first 150 registered. Division winner awards. Age 14 and over: $20, Age 13 and Under: $10. Families $45. Questions: Call York Hospital’s Friendraising Office 207-351-2385 Register online at WWW.YORKHOSPITAL.COM/5K

SOUTH BERWICK STRAWBERRY RUN

June 25: Certified 5 mile run and 2 mile fun walk the morning of the Strawberry Festival. Race located at Marshwood Great Works School at 8 AM. GSRS chip timing. Fun raffles and awards. Benefits Rec Camp. Follow on Facebook at WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/ STRAWBERRYRUNSOUTHBERWICK. Sign up online WWW.SOUTHBERWICKMAINE.ORG

sbrec@sbmaine.us

FOUR ON THE 4TH

July 4: Tuesday 8 AM start at York High School. 4 miles of Scenic York and York Beach. Professional bib chip timing. Pre-registration mail-in $25, Pre-registration on line $27 (including fees), Race Day registration $30 space permitting. Race limited to 1,200 runners. Overall cash prize and Division winner awards. Free fun run for kids immediately following. York Parks and Recreation Department for registration or information. WWW.YORKPARKSANDREC.ORG

207-363-1040

20TH EDITION ROAD RACE, KENNEBUNK. 5K RUN/ WALK July 14th: Friday 6 PM start. Certified race route through beautiful downtown Kennebunk. Preregister online for discounted rates. All proceeds benefit Kennebunk Free Library. T-shirt and fabulous goodie bag to first 250 registrants. Free dinner for all registered participants, small fee for others. Live music. Great raffles. Beer & wine garden. FMI: 207-985-2173 or WWW.KENNEBUNKLIBRARY.ORG

AMIDON FAMILY DENTISTRY 5K

July 30: A Seacoast Road Race Series Race. Sunday 8 AM start at York High School. Professional bib chip timing. 3.1 miles of scenic York and York Beach. Pre-registration mail in $25. Pre-registration on line $27 (includes fees), Race Day registration $30.00, space permitting. Limited to 1,200 runners. Overall cash prize and Division winner awards. Free fun run for kids immediately following. York Parks and

Recreation Department for registration or information WWW.YORKPARKSANDREC.ORG

207-363-1040

SEACOAST CANCER 5K

September 24: Run! Raise! Rally! Rock! Join more than 2,000 participants for a morning of family fun benefitting cancer care and services at WentworthDouglass Hospital. USATF Certified 5K Course starts at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital at 9 AM and winds through Dover, NH. Runners and walkers welcome. Professional chip timing for 5K course. New 1-mile option for walkers. Registration fee includes Drifit race shirt. Children 12 and under are free. Pre-and postrace festivities include food, entertainment, kid’s activities and more! Help us RAISE $250,000 for cancer patients right here on the Seacoast. RALLY your team and join us for one of the largest and best 5Ks in the region! We will ROCK the block! WWW.SEACOASTCANCER5K.ORG (603) 740-2687

OLD ORCHARD BEACH HALF MARATHON & 5K

October 8: 9 AM start at Jimmy The Greeks 250 runners. Includes chip timing, technical shirts, finisher medals, pint glass awards, post race festivities at Jimmy the Greeks. 20% of entries fees to local charities. Half Marathon $60, 5K $30. WWW.OLDORCHARDBEACHHM.COM

TURKEY TROT

November 25: Saturday 11 AM start at Village Elementary School in York. 3.1 miles of scenic York and York Village. Professional bib chip timing. Pre-registration mail in $20, Pre-registration online $22

(includes fees), Race Day Registration $25. Donations to York Food Pantry accepted. T-shirt given to first 200 registrants. Overall and Division Winner awards. York Parks and Recreation Department for registration or information WWW.YORKPARKSANDREC.ORG

207-363-1040

BIKE AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION'S KENNEBUNKS TOUR DE CURE

June 11: A one-day cycling event along the beautiful coastline of Southern Maine. The Tour de Cure is a ride, not a race, with route lengths options for cyclists of all ages and levels - 5K, 25K, 50K, 100K, and 100 Mi. For more information or to register visit: WWW.DIABETES.ORG/ KENNEBUNKSTOURDECURE

BIKE MS: GREAT MAINE GETAWAY

August 12 & 13: University of New England, Biddeford, ME. Mileage options range from 25 miles to 100 miles. Hundreds escape to Maine for the Bike MS: Great Maine Getaway adventure in August. Getaway riders experience Maine when cycling along the southern coastline, sampling a variety of Maine craft beer, and feasting on lobster. Seasoned cyclists and novices will enjoy their choice of routes, from 25 to 100 miles. WWW.BIKEMSMAINE.ORG FACEBOOK.COM/ BIKEMSGREATMAINEGETAWAY

bikeMSgne@nmss.org

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SISTERS RIDE ON A MISSION TOGETHER August 12 and 13, 2017 will mark the 33rd year for Maine Bike MS, the ninth year since Donna McGrew first heard the words “you have multiple sclerosis” when her sister was diagnosed, and the seventh year since her own diagnosis of MS. Now as team co-captain for Cycling Friends and a passionate advocate for the National MS Society, it is Donna’s personal mission to motivate individuals and families affected by MS to get out there and do something about MS NOW…like riding a bike. Because she knows every dollar raised and the miles ridden brings her and her sister closer to the day when MS will stand for mystery solved. For more information about Bike MS: Great Maine Getaway please visit the website at WWW.BIKEMSMAINE.ORG or email BIKEMSGNE@NMSS.ORG

2016 Seascoast Cancer 5K Photo: Virgil Mehalek

*Early and on-going treatment with FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contracting the National MS Society at MSNEWENGLAD.ORG or 1.800.344.4867.

1 IN 400 MAINERS HAVE MS IN DOVER, NEW HAMPSHIRE

Ready for the ride of a lifetime?

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Old Orchard Beach

Great Maine Getaway Ride

August 12–13

Half Marathon & 5K October 8, 2017 9:00 AM Jimmy The Greeks - Old Orchard Beach, ME http://www.oldorchardbeachhm.com

http://www.nehalfmarathontour.com 8 spring 2017

Start/Finish at University of New England New England Half Marathon Tour 2015

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PHOTO

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THE SEASONAL RUNNER Leaping into Spring & Summer

10 spring 2017

PHOTO by Kevin Morris


PHOTO by Mike Leonard

T

he sweetness of that very first spring-like run of the

GOAL SETTING

season is intoxicating. Runners shed their winter

Think about what you want to achieve.

layers and emerge from their treadmill lairs to drink in

Do you want to commit to running more days per week? Do you want to

the warm, earthy air. The roads and trails are clear, days grow

go longer or faster, or snag a race PR?

longer, and plant life gives birth to new leaves and buds.

Goals should have personal meaning,

We, too, are innately connected to this pattern of growth and

rather than meeting someone else’s expectations. By being specific and

renewal. Suddenly, a motivation that was once dormant,

realistic, you will be in a better position

breaks through. There is a palpable energy in the air, and that

to commit to the work required to meet

is especially apparent to anyone with a running mindset.

whatever goal you set.

YOGA Yoga poses work the body in ways

The turn of the warmer weather is

JOIN A RUN GROUP

often met with a zeal and eagerness to

The social aspect of running with

train harder, achieve that PR, or even to

energetic and mental benefits. Let your

a group is incredibly motivating.

lace up a pair of running shoes for the

yoga practice work with your training,

Structured workouts within a

very first time. Ideally, we are taking

and not in opposition. On high mileage

group setting can improve your

cues from nature, and honoring these

or active days, give in to a restful

performance while having fun, and the

natural cycles; not overdoing it to risk

practice; and on lighter days, you can

accountability of the group will likely

injury and burnout, and training in

allow your yoga to focus more on

mean a stronger commitment on your

ways that improve our performance,

strength and movement. The following

end. As you connect with like-minded

while allowing for sustainability and

short sequences highlight three poses

individuals, you are sure to make

continued enjoyment in the sport of

for each purpose. Add them to your

lasting friendships.

routine to create more balance and see

running. Here are a few points to keep in mind as we enter this exciting time

that can bring tremendous physical,

how you feel.

of year.

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YOGA POSES

YANG / DYNAMIC CHAIR POSE With the feet together or hip width, draw the hips back and down like you’re reaching for a chair. Let the weight be heavy in the heels and light on the toes. Feel the outer hips compacting as the torso lifts off the thighs and the chest is upright. Keep the hands at the hips or raise the arms as shown.

HIGH LUNGE

CHAIR POSE

From Chair Pose, pour the weight on the right leg as you lift the left foot and draw it back behind you, so you land in a lunge. Through that transition, keep the outer right hip exactly as you had it in Chair Pose.  In the High Lunge, you may experiment with a bent or straight back leg as you keep a tall spine and even explore a subtle backbend.  

WARRIOR 3 From High Lunge, shift the upper body forward and bear the weight in the front leg, again keeping the right hip pinned in and drawing back, which engages the glute and hamstring. As you lean forward, keeping the chest searching forward, and spine long, lift the back leg. Work to keep the hips level - right and left hip bones facing the floor evenly.  Keep the back leg lifted by engaging the quadricep and drawing the inner line of the leg toward the ceiling. Step to Chair Pose, and then to

HIGH LUNGE

a standing position. Flow through these three poses, alternating from right to left. xperiment with holding for 3-5 breaths in each pose, and then moving dynamically, holding for 1 breath per pose, and performing 5-10 times on each side.  

WARRIOR 3 PHOTOS by Terry Cockburn

12 spring 2017


THE SEASONAL RUNNER

SPHINX

YIN/PASSIVE SPHINX Place the elbows under the shoulders, keeping the legs relaxed. Head may be kept in a neutral position, fall forward, or rest on a block.

BUTTERFLY From a seated position, draw the soles of the feet together, allowing the knees to go wide. Let the feet be further away from the hips, and incline the body forward.

CAT TAIL Lie on your right side, supporting your head

BUTTERFLY

in your hand. Draw your left leg up, like you’re hanging out reading a magazine. Reach behind you with your left hand and catch ahold of your right foot, targeting the quadricep of the back leg. Stay on your side, or roll back (as shown in the photo), to invite a twist to the spine. Hold each pose with the muscles fully relaxed, allowing the body to become heavy. Go only to the point where you feel a mild amount of sensation - nothing sharp or painful. Set a timer and hold each posture for 3-5 minutes.  

CAT TAIL

Terry Cockburn has been teaching yoga since 2006 and owns Freeport Yoga Company (Freeport, Maine) and Yarmouth Yoga Studio (Yarmouth, Maine). A marathon runner, mother to two boys (and one yellow dog), business owner and outdoor adventure seeker, she balances an active yang lifestyle with time on the meditation cushion and a contemplative yin practice. Terry teaches classes, workshops and retreats and has a passion for working with the athletic population. Check out her upcoming offerings at www.freeportyogaco.com.

PHOTOS by Cindy Giovagnoli

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F

rom beaches to breweries, Greater Portland area races serve up some of the best competition in Maine. Whether your event is in Portland or nearby, plan time to take in the sights, enjoy local businesses, and experience the outstanding food of this vibrant region.

Beach to Beacon Photos by Kevin Morris

greater

portland

2013 Pat’s PizzaClassic Photo: Mike Leonard 14 spring 2017

Photo: Kevin Morris


greater portland

events RUN PAT’S PIZZA CLAM FESTIVAL CLASSIC

July 22: Saturday 8 AM start for the 36th annual five-mile road race starting and ending on Main Street at Memorial Green in Yarmouth, Maine. Sponsored by Pat’s Pizza and managed by the Maine Track Club. Registrations received by 7/15/2015 are $25/ entry and $30/entry effective 7/16/2017. Great cash prizes! For more details on Pat’s Pizza Clam Festival Classic, as well as other Yarmouth Clam Festival road events, please visit CLAMFESTIVAL.COM

THE TD BEACH TO BEACON 10K

The TD Beach to Beacon 10K is the fulfillment of Olympic gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson’s dream to give back to her community by staging a world-class road race in her native Cape Elizabeth. This year (Aug. 5) marks the special 20th running of the iconic American road race, which debuted in 1998 with 2,408 runners crossing the finish. In 2016, 6,336 runners from 15 countries, 43 states and 265+ Maine towns finished the spectacular winding, rolling, 6.2-mile coastal course that begins near Crescent Beach and ends in Fort Williams at the famed Portland Head Light, the most photographed lighthouse in the world. Each year, a spotlight is shined on a different Maine charity, which receives a direct donation from the TD Charitable Foundation, the haritable giving arm of title sponsor TD Bank. The 2017 race beneficiary is Let’s Go!, a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program of The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center.

August 5: The TD Beach to Beacon 10K will take place along the shores of Cape Elizabeth. Founded by Olympic gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson, 2017 marks the special 20th running of Maine’s largest road race, featuring top world-class and New England runners in a field of 6,500+. This year the race beneficiary is Let’s Go!, a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program of The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland, which will receive a direct donation from the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of title sponsor TD Bank, N.A. For more information, visit WWW.BEACH2BEACON.ORG or follow the race on Facebook WWW. FACEBOOK.COM/TDBANKBEACHTOBEACON10K, Twitter WWW.TWITTER.COM/ BEACH2BEACON10K and Instagram WWW.INSTAGRAM.COM/TDBEACH2BEACON

THE MAINE MARATHON, HALF MARATHON AND RELAY PORTLAND October 1: Information and registration: WWW.MAINEMARATHON.COM.

THE FARM TO FARM ULTRA RUN

October 8: Information and registration: FARMTOFARM.WEEBLY.COM

POLAR BEAR DIP & DASH

December 31: 5k from Portland’s Back Cove parking lot at 11 AM and ending at East End Beach for dip at noon. Benefits Natural Resources Council of Maine’s work curbing climate change. 5k, polar dip, or both is $30 before November 15th, regular $35. WWW.NRCM.ORG

The TD Beach to Beacon 10K, located in picturesque Cape Elizabeth, celebrates 20 years running this year. We congratulate the 2017 beneficiary, Let’s Go!, a program of The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. Let’s Go! is focused on increasing physical activity and healthy eating for children in Maine and New Hampshire. Let’s Go on August 5th — and every day! www.Beach2Beacon.org

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