Race Info

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Start Time
5 km Run/Walk: 9:00 a.m.

Inclement Weather
The race will be held rain, snow, or shine

Start & Finish Location
Deering High School, 370 Stevens Avenue, Portland, ME 04102

Entry Fees

Adult (over age 18 on 4/26/14)
$20 prior to 4/26/14
$25 on 4/26/14

Youth (under age 18 on 4/26/14)
$12 prior to 4/26/14
$15 on 4/26/14

Family (up to 2 adults and 3 youth under age 18 on 4/26/14)
$50 prior to 4/26/14
$60 on 4/26/14

Packet Pick-Ups
Friday, April 25, 2014
4:00-7:00 p.m.

Maine Running Company, 309 Marginal Way, Portland

Saturday, April 26, 2014
7:30-8:45 a.m.
Deering High School, 370 Stevens Avenue, Portland

Each participant will receive an ankle strap with an electronic chip to be warn during the race. The straps must be worn on the ankle in order to work properly. 

Participants who do not return chips and straps will be charged a $50 lost chip fee.  

The race will start and finish on Leland St. near playing fields on the back side of Deering High School. The closest intersection to the start line is Ludlow St. and Leland St. Click here for online directions.

Free parking will be available behind Deering High School, at Longfellow Elementary School, and on the surrounding neighborhood streets. Click here for a parking map. Parking will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis with normally scheduled events taking place at local fields. Please arrive early to park in the parking lots close to the school.

Bike Valet Parking
Please consider riding your bike, carpooling, or walking! This will reduce parking needs while keeping in line with our "green" mission! We are providing a bike valet service from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. near the registration/packet pick-up area. A volunteer will place your bike on one of our bike racks and keep watch over the area. We will not have a formal check-in/check-out process. When you're ready to retrieve your bike, you'll need to point it out to the volunteer on duty.

Street Closures
A section of Leland Street (Ludlow up to W. Concord St.) will be closed to traffic from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the finish line area. Traffic will be held back on Ludlow Street for the race start from 9:00 - 9:10 a.m. 

Stevens Avenue between Pleasant Street and Higgins Street will be closed to traffic from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Both lanes will be closed to traffic for the duration of the race and Green Neighbor Family Fest. The race will end on Stevens Avenue in front of Deering High School. The road will be closed to ensure the safety of our participants and to allow for pedestrian traffic in the road. Side streets leading to this closed section of Stevens Avenue will stay open to local traffic.

Course Description
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This unique 5k course weaves through quiet suburban neighborhoods and follows the Forest City Trail, part of the Portland Trail's system, for about a mile. The trails are fairly wide except for a quarter mile section near Mile 2 that is single-track and goes uphill. A few roots and rocks stick up on the trail, so runners will need to be aware of their footing. However, regular road running shoes should be fine on the course. The trails are very dry and hard. Unless it rains heavily right before the race you probably won't need to worry about mud.

Turn-by-turn directions:
 1.  Start on Leland Street
 2.  Right onto Ludlow Street
 3.  Left onto Candlewyck Road
 4.  Left onto Candlewyck Terrace
 5.  Right onto Starlight Road
 6.  Right onto Warwick Road
 7.  Left onto Glen Haven Road West
 8.  Right onto Woodvale Street
 9.  Get onto Evergreen Cemetary Trail
10. Exit trail onto College Street
11. Right onto Stevens Avenue
12. Finish on Steven's Ave in front of Deering High School

This course is certified by USATF (#ME12002JK). Click here for USATF map and measurement certificate.

Restrooms will be available inside Deering High School before and after the race. Portable restrooms will not be available on the course.

Water Stops

Water will be provided at the starting area and at one water stop near the duck ponds in Evergreen Cemetery, around 1.5 miles. 

Education "On the Run"
The Urban Runoff, and Green Neighbor Family Fest following the race, help 14 communities in the greater Portland and Saco area meet requirements of the federal Clean Water Act. To learn more about polluted runoff, click here.

Dogs are not permitted on the race course for safety reasons.

We do not recommend using strollers on the race course for safety reasons. Only walkers will be permitted to use strollers for this reason. Part of the course is on a wooded trail, with a few narrow sections. Most of the trail is wide and free from roots, rocks, and mud, but a few spots have rougher terrain. If you choose to use a stroller, we recommend trail/running models with rugged tires and shocks. Walkers with strollers must start at the back at the starting line.

It's So Easy Being "Green"!
The race and festival will offer many unique "green" features.  Learn more in this issue of the Urban Runoff news.

Awards for Top Fundraisers
Top individual fundraisers and fundraising teams will be acknowledged with donated prizes at our awards ceremony, starting at 10:45 a.m. on the front lawn of Deering High School. Thank you for your support!

Awards for Top Finishers
Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd males & females in the following categories: Overall, Under 10, 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+. In addition, the fastest and slowest teams will also be recognized. The awards ceremony will take place after the race on the front lawn of Deering High School.

Post-Race Perks

Food will be available for all registered runners and volunteers after the race near the stage/awards ceremony area on the front lawn of Deering High School.

Short Sleeve, "Green," Technical Race Shirts 

To align with our conservation ethic and reduce waste, our race entry fee does not include an event shirt. We are pleased to offer short sleeve, moisture-wicking, performance fabric shirts made from 100% recycled polyester. The shirts perform like typical moisture-wicking polyester shirts, but use 70% less energy to produce. Each shirt is made from 8-12 raw post-consumer plastic bottles. The shirts are provided by Atayne, a Brunswick, Maine-based company that is committed to making products that are safe for both human health and the  environment. These shirts are produced, from fiber to finish, in the U.S., and the entire process is reviewed by a third to guarantee environmental and human health standards.

As an added benefit to our race, Atayne's "Trash Runner" team will run behind the racers to pick up trash with the goal of making the course cleaner than when we started. Atayne will also train volunteers to sort recyclables and traditional waste at the race and festival.

Shirts may be purchased for $15 when pre-registering. Sizes are guaranteed with orders placed by March 10th; we will do our best to accommodate your ordered size after March 10th, but cannot guarantee its availability. PLEASE NOTE: THESE SHIRTS RUN SMALL! They are moisture wicking performance shirts and are designed to fit close to the body. If you prefer a looser fitting shirt, please order at least one size larger. 

Runners who purchased a shirt when they registered must pick them up at one of the packet pick-ups and before 8:45 a.m. at Deering High School on Saturday, April 26, 2014.  Those who purchase a shirt and do not claim it may request a refund.

Shirts will be available for purchase for $20 after the race starts at the snack tent on the Deering High School front lawn. Quantities and sizes may be limited.

Green Neighbor Family Fest
The Urban Runoff will lead into a post-race, family festival, taking place on the front lawn of Deering High School from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (inside DHS in case of inclement weather). The Green Neighbor Family Fest celebrates clean water and Earth Day through "green" kids' activities, live performances, hands-on education, face painting and more! Contact Jami Fitch for more information.


We are seeking volunteers to assist with race support, waste and recycling, and festival activities. All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and snacks. Volunteer job descriptions and online registration is available here. For more information, please contact Kelsey White.

Refund Policy

No refunds will be issued for this race. If you are unable to race, you may transfer your entry to next year's event.