L.L. BeanThe L.L. Bean 4th of July 10k is worth registering early for this year. The race is always competitive, is usually quite warm, and is a good way to spend the morning on our Nation’s birthday.

Plus, you might get free shoes. The first 500 runners to pre-register before May 15th at noon get a free pair of New Balance 1062 running shoes. They also get a free technical running shirt, along with another 300 people who preregister.

I have run the race before, and I like it, but for the past few years have been making my way up to Bridgton for the 4 on the 4th race. I like 4 milers. This year, though, I am planning on making my way back to Freeport for the L.L. Bean 10k. There is also a 1 mile fun run if you have children that is always a hoot to watch.

The race benefits the Casco Bay YMCA so that they can continue meeting their mission of never turning anyone away because of inability to pay.

You can register online at Active.com. If you are interested in volunteering on race day, you can contact Stephen Wells or leave a comment here and I’ll see that he gets it. He’s offering a volunteer’s technical t-shirt to anybody that helps set up.