Race Info


Saturday, April 20, 2019

Start Time:
5 km Run/Walk: 9:00 a.m.

Start & Finish Location:
Deering High School, 370 Stevens Avenue, Portland, ME 04102

Entry Fees:
Adult (18 or older on 4/20/19)
$18 prior to 11/1/18
$20 prior to 1/22/19
$25 prior to 4/18/19 (online registration closes)
$30 day of race

Youth (under age 18 on 4/20/19)
$8 prior to 11/1/18
$10 prior to 1/22/19
$15 prior to 4/18/19 (online registration closes)
$15 day of race

Family Registration (2 adults and up to 3 youth)
$45 prior to 11/1/18
$50 prior to 1/22/19
$60 prior to 4/18/19 (online registration closes)
$70 day of race

Race Location:
The race will start on Ludlow Street near the tennis courts behind Deering High School. The race ends on Stevens Avenue in front of Deering High School.

Free parking will be available behind Deering High School, at Longfellow Elementary School, and on the surrounding neighborhood streets. Parking will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis with normally scheduled events taking place at local fields. Please arrive early to park in the parking lots close to the school. A parking map is available here.

Go Green to Get There!
Please consider riding your bike, carpooling, taking the bus, or walking to reduce parking needs while keeping in line with our “green” mission! METRO Bus #9 will bring you right to Deering High School. Bike racks are available – don’t forget to bring your lock!

Street Closures:
Streets in the area will be temporarily closed during the event. This information will be updated when it is available.

Course Description:
This unique 5k course weaves through quiet suburban neighborhoods and follows the Forest City Trail, part of the Portland Trails system, for about a mile. The trails are fairly wide except for a quarter mile section near Mile 2 that is single-track and goes uphill. A few roots and rocks stick up on the trail, so runners will need to be aware of their footing. However, regular road running shoes should be fine on the course. 

 Course map (click to enlarge):course-map
This course is certified by USATF (#ME12002JK). 
Restrooms will be available inside Deering High School before and after the race. Portable restrooms will be available near the start, but they will not be available on the course.
Water Stops:
Water will be provided at the starting area and at one water stop near the duck ponds in Evergreen Cemetery, around 1.5 miles.
Dogs are not permitted on the race course for safety reasons.
We do not recommend using strollers on the race course for safety reasons. Only walkers will be permitted to use strollers for this reason. Part of the course is on a wooded trail, with a few narrow sections. Most of the trail is wide and free from roots, rocks, and mud, but a few spots have rougher terrain. If you choose to use a stroller, we recommend trail/running models with rugged tires and shocks. Walkers with strollers must start at the back at the starting line.
Awards for Top Fundraisers:
Top individual fundraisers and fundraising teams will be acknowledged with donated prizes at our awards ceremony, starting at 10:45 a.m. on the front lawn of Deering High School. Thank you for your support!
Awards for Top Finishers:
Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd males & females in the following categories: Overall, Under 10, 10-19. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st and 2nd males and females in the following categories: 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+. In addition, the fastest and slowest teams will also be recognized. The awards ceremony will take place after the race on the front lawn of Deering High School.
Awards for Teams:
Teams are considered groups of 3 or more participants. Awards will be given to teams in the following categories: fastest general team, slowest general team, largest general team, fastest sponsor team, largest sponsor team, largest municipal team, and largest nonprofit team, and largest consulting firm.
Post-Race Perks:
Food will be available for all registered runners and volunteers after the race on the front lawn of Deering High School. Massages will be available.
Short Sleeve, “Green,” Technical Race Shirts
To align with our conservation ethic and reduce waste, our race entry fee does not include an event shirt. We are pleased to offer short sleeve, moisture-wicking, performance fabric shirts made from 100% recycled polyester. The shirts perform like typical moisture-wicking polyester shirts, but use 70% less energy to produce. Each shirt is made from 8-12 raw post-consumer plastic bottles. The shirts are made by Atayne, a Brunswick, Maine-based company that is committed to making products that are safe for both human health and the environment. These shirts are produced, from fiber to finish, in the U.S., and the entire process is reviewed by a third to guarantee environmental and human health standards.
As an added benefit to our race, Atayne’s “Trash Runner” team will run behind the racers to pick up trash with the goal of making the course cleaner than when we started.
Shirts may be purchased for $17 when pre-registering. Sizes are guaranteed with orders placed by March 8th; we will do our best to accommodate your ordered size after March 8th, but cannot guarantee availability. These are moisture-wicking performance shirts and are designed to fit close to the body. If you prefer a looser fitting shirt, please order at least one size larger.
Runners who purchased a shirt when they registered must pick them up at one of the packet pick-ups and before 8:45 a.m. at Deering High School on the day of the race.  Those who purchase a shirt and do not claim it may request a refund.
Shirts will be available for purchase for $20 at packet pick up on Friday and after the race starts on Saturday. To purchase a shirt on race day, visit the info tent on the front lawn at Deering High School after the race. Quantities and sizes may be limited.
2019 T-shirt Design (click to enlarge)
Green Neighbor Family Fest
The Urban Runoff will lead into a post-race, family festival, taking place on the front lawn of Deering High School from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (inside Deering High School in case of inclement weather). The Green Neighbor Family Fest celebrates clean water and Earth Day through “green” kids’ activities, live performances, hands-on education, face painting and more! Contact Ali Clift for more information.
We are seeking volunteers to assist with race support, waste and recycling, and festival activities. All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and snacks. Volunteer job descriptions and online registration is available here. For more information, please contact Jenna Martyn-Fisher.
Refund Policy
No refunds will be issued for this race. If you are unable to race, you may transfer your entry to next year’s event.
Rain or shine, the race will go on – we’re hardy Mainers, after all!