By Joe Hebert
01 Maine-ly Moose Portland 5K Race
11.10 | Deering Oaks Park
This off-road course is a classic “old-fashioned” race—complete with self-proclaimed bad jokes from the race director before and after the event. This year’s Maine-ly Moose 5K is also the Road Runners Club of America Cross Country Championships—a national organization that sponsors national, regional, and state championships.
02 Maine Running Co. Turkey Trot 5K
11.18 | Cape Elizabeth Middle School
Celebrating its 44th year, this race managed by the Maine Track Club boasted 600 participants last year. The course begins at Cape Elizabeth High School and continues through surrounding neighborhoods before finishing at the Middle School. It’s requested that all race participants bring a non-perishable food item to donate to Wayside Food Programs of Portland.
03 InspireME 9th Annual Turkey Trot
11.22 | Bath
Now in its ninth year, the InspireME Turkey Trot event consists of a three-mile “fun” walk/run through Bath. Although there is no set fee for registering, the organization prefers monetary donations as it makes purchasing supplies easier for race beneficiary Bath Area Food Bank. As a special treat for kids on the sidelines, InspireME’s very own Tom Turkey just might make an appearance.
04 York Rotary Club Turkey Trot
11.24 | York Village Elementary School
Now in its sixteenth year, this event is organized through a partnership between the York Parks and Recreation department and the York Rotary Club. T-shirts are awarded to the first 150 participants. All proceeds from this event benefit the York Food Pantry, so feel free to bring a non-perishable food item for their collection.
05 21st Annual Presidential 5K Road Race
11.24 | Consolidated School Kennebunkport
The Presidential 5K uses a USATF-certified course that takes participants throughout scenic Kennebunkport. A $150 cash prize is awarded to the first place winner in both male and female categories. The race begins at the Consolidated School on School Street in Kennebunkport and costs $20 to participate.
06 Burn off the Turkey 5K
11.24 | Gorham Municipal Center
This race aims to burn off all that Thanksgiving decadence. Participants over the age of 65 may participate for no cost, and the first 150 to register will receive long-sleeved T-shirts. This race has added a Facebook forum, which allows participants to work together in training and preparing for the event. Proceeds benefit New Year Gorham—a community organized event with public performances scheduled throughout the area.