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Smokestack Grill SET THE PACE 5K Road Race

Camden Maine -

CAMDEN, Maine — “Smokestack Grill SET THE PACE 5K”
announced for Jan. 1, 2012 – run, eat, get massaged.

After race pizza and massage; yes, now is the time to put this race on the top of your New Year’s resolution list for 2012.

The 4th annual “Smokestack Grill Set the Pace 5K” will occur on January 1st, 2011 and all are invited to run, walk, roller-skate, crawl and participate or ‘opt-out’ in this unique race.

Our start time of 11:11am suggests that we are flexible, that we understand that the night before might be a late one, and that the possibility of a cold forecast might make an 8:00am start unattractive. For those 109 brave runners and walkers at the 1st Set the Pace, they still talk about conditions that were so Artic in nature the timing equipment froze. Last year, by contrast, it was downright tropical!

There is a lot to like about this race; our aim is to make it special and you’ll want to be part of what is becoming an annual tradition.

11:11am also gives you an idea of the kind of fun we will have at our race and why this is a ‘one of a kind’ event.

First off, consider this: while we will announce and acknowledge some traditional age brackets in our awards ceremony, each person will set their PR (personal record) for 2012 at the “Smokestack Grill Set the Pace 5K”. WE GUARANTEE IT! Additionally, all age division winners will hold the “fastest 5K in Maine 2012” title for multiple weeks since there are no other 5K races that we know of planned in the state of Maine until the Luv Me 5K which takes place in mid-February.

The first place male and female winners will be crowned and will hold the “fastest runner in Maine 2012 title until dethroned.

And for the middle of the pack guy or gal; they will be honored with a reward that might make the winners jealous!

Lots of other surprises planned. Starting and ending at our host, Smokestack Grill’s tavern in Camden, Maine is the plan, with the tavern open for beverages of choice, and a food feast afterwards. We invite all runners to enjoy their victory lap with some free pizza and a free massage to all those who pre-register for the event.

Some races have ‘best dressed’ awards, we’re thinking of the ‘less dressed’ awarded to the male and female runners with the least clothing on. We hope someone will try to top first year winner, Ron Haney’s 1st baby attire; it was complete with diaper.

For the serious minded runner, the race course winds through Camden neighborhoods and starts with a gentle climb up Pearl Street ending with a very quick one-mile gentle downhill finish on Mechanic Street which will make this a very fair test to see where you are for the 2012 season.

We even offer the greatest perk of all; the “opt-out” runners special; this is where you’ll get a race number for the raffle but you don’t have to run. It will cost you the entry fee, but remember, you don’t have to run; you can pick a proxy runner and you’ll be listed right below your proxy runner with their time – a real chance to get a PR.! And remember, you don’t have to run to participate.

HERE’S the important part: ALL ARE WELCOMED and ENCOURAGED. Walkers, pregnant women, strollers, children, families, and well-behaved dogs are all encouraged to start the new year out by participating in the 4th annual “Smokestack Grill Set the Pace 5K”.

We’re still thinking and hatching up ideas and fun; just wanted to whet your whistle, get you in the mood, and make sure you put 11:11am, January 1st, 2012 on your schedule.

Local runners Russell Wolfertz, Andrew Bonarrigo, Allison Leonard, Troy Peasley, Ben Sawyer, Mariah Lussier, myself and others will host this special event as part of our Kentucky Derby Marathon and ½ Marathon fundraising commitment.

These local runners have pledged to raise over $20,000 collectively to provide assistance to “Go MALAWI”; an organization run to benefit orphans in Malawi that was founded by Janet Littlefield, a mid-coast native and the daughter of Doc and Sally Littlefield.

Want to be part of the “Go MALAWI” Runners and come with us to the Kentucky Derby Marathon and ½ Marathon on April 28th, 2012? If so, read more below and contact me at: reade@freepressonline.com? The website for “Go MALAWI” is: www.go-malawi.org.

Pre-registration can be done on-line which will guarantee you a souvenir item, quick bib pick-up on the morning of the race and a free massage. Pre-registration is $15 for single runners, $25 for couples, $35 family of 3, $40 family of 4. Day of race is $18 for single runners, $30 for couples and $45 for families.

You can register on-line at: https://www.runsignup.com/Race/ME/Camden/SetthePace5K
or at active.com: https://www.runsignup.com/Race/ME/Camden/SetthePace5K.

Pre-Registration Form can be mailed or dropped at the address below:

Name ____________________

Address¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬ ___________________

Address #2 _________________

Town/Zip Code _____________________

Phone number ___________________

Age on race day ¬¬¬¬____________ Male or Female _________

Donation pledge included ¬¬¬¬__________

Send or drop off to: Free Press, 8 North Main Street, Rockland, ME 04841

For more information, email me at: reade@freepressonline.com

NOTE ONE: ENTER A TEAM – We are also encouraging teams to join us. Teams need a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 12. Cost for each team member is $15. Scoring is done cross-country style with a twist. While the first four runners will “score” for a team based on their overall finish, all finishers will earn a deduction of 3 points from the team score. In other words, every team member is important because if they finish they help the team; they can come across the finish line running, walking, crawling, being pushed, or being tugged in by their dog. Don’t let anyone tell you they’re not fast enough to be on your team; this is all about participation! Also, all team members are also eligible for all individual awards as well.

NOTE TWO: JOIN “GO MALAWI” RUNNERS – we invite you to join us. We’re still accepting runners and looking for a few more good men and woman to join our Kentucky Derby Marathon and ½ Marathon Warriors for World Peace team. “Team Go MALAWI” wants you! We’ll sign you up for the full or ½ marathon and we begin training as a team in January; we’ll have you ready by the April 28th running date, guaranteed.

For the past three years, 39 Team Little Field Home runners have finished the Death Valley Marathon and 30K, the Mardi Gras Marathon and ½ Marathon and the Nashville Marathon and ½ Marathon. These runners have raised over $100,000 for orphaned children served by Janet Littlefield and her volunteers. Our overall team goal this year is to raise over $45,000 which will fund over 60 children going to private school for a year. It’s about a “hand up” and an opportunity for these children to have a chance at a productive life.

Past runners have included first time marathoners whose goal is; “get me over the finish line” and experienced marathoners who want to mentor our “newbies” and perhaps qualify for Boston or run a personal best or have a goal time in mind.

Our youngest marathon newbie was 18, our oldest marathon newbie was 62; it is about participation and about being part of something bigger than yourself.

Currently we have about 20 committed runners from mid-coast Maine, Hebron and other outside areas for our 2012 team and would like to add another 5. If you want to consider this challenge in 2012 you can email me and I’ll invite you to the next info meeting coming up on Thursday, December 29th at the Free Press offices in Rockland.

For more information on the “Smokestack Grill 5K” or the “Go MALAWI” team, contact Reade Brower at reade@freepressonline.com.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Reade Brower

Telephone Number: (207)691-3510

Website: http://go-malawi.org

Email: reade@freepressonline.com