Maine Track Club MooseThe Mid-Winter Classic 10 Mile Road Race is this Sunday, February 3rd at 9:45 a.m.

This is an excellent early season run, and is the first race of the season for me every year. The race takes place in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Race day registration is available in the high school cafeteria, and you can register on Saturday at Maine Running Company.

If you aren’t ready to start racing yet this season, then this is an excellent opportunity to volunteer and help the race run smoothly. Volunteers are still needed, and your help will be appreciated even if you are running the race.

You can see specifically which jobs still need to be filled at the volunteer sign-up form. Volunteers will receive a long sleeve technical shirt, access to the post-race food, and $5 in Maine Track Club bucks, which you can use towards other races or MTC sponsored activities or membership renewals.

The weather is forecasted to be wonderful, and it will certainly be better than last year. I hope to see you out on the course either as a runner, volunteer or both.

Here is an email that that provides information about the race for those who are running:

We hope the following information will help you prepare for the run and to ensure that everyone has an excellent experience.

Pre-registered runners can save money on a pair of Brooks shoes and avoid the crowds on race day by picking up their race packets and shirts at the Maine Running Company store on 563 Forest Ave., Portland, ME Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Runners can register for a free pair of Brooks shoe to be raffled and also, $10 off any Brooks Running Shoes during the day. Packets may also be picked-up on race day morning starting at 8:15 AM.

National Weather Service forecast Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 38. West wind between 9 and 13 mph.

Please show up early enough to give yourself time to park, get settled in the cafeteria, and warm-up. Race starts promptly at 9:45 AM. Our traffic guides will direct you to the nearest available parking spot.

The first 450 registered runners will receive a long sleeve technical running shirt. You may exchange your shirt for another size if available after the race. Extra shirts will be available after the race for $5.

For safety reasons we ask that all runners stay on the left side of the road during the entire race.

Erik Boucher

For more information, you can view the race website at: