This past Patriot’s Day, I was running the Boston Marathon in the wake of a Nor’Easter. Up here in Portland, though, the Nor’Easter was in full effect, which caused the cancellation of the Patriot’s Day 5 Miler by the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Greater Portland. It was not safe to hold the race, and while I was running down in Boston the storm was tearing apart the trails and roads here in my home town. There is still quite a bit of damage (especially along the water front) that has yet to be repaired over 6 months later.

Race Line Up in year 1 of Patriots Day 5 MilerThe cancellation of the race meant that the longest running race in the state of Maine was going to lose its title to a “young” race that was only a little over half of it’s age. All is not lost, though, because they have finally rescheduled the race for Veteran’s Day!

There will be no entry fee to run, and the course has been modified to avoid having to close down traffic. The start and finish will be near the Eastern Promenade boat launch, and long sleeve shirts will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. There will still be cash prizes for the top 3 male and female runners.

In order to run, you must fill out an entry form and bring it with you. Registration for the original Patriot’s Day race does not count; you must have a new entry blank filled out when you arrive. The race begins at noon on Monday, November 12th, 2007. You will want to make sure that you arrive a few minutes early to register and hopefully receive a shirt before they run out.

Click here to download the registration form (pdf)