MOUNT DESERT — For the past 39 years, participants have taken in spectacular sweeping views of Somes Sound from the Northeast Harbor 5-Mile Road Race course down Sargeant Drive. The race, hosted by the Northeast Harbor Ambulance Service, is one of the longest continually run races in the state.
“It’s an incredible race. The course is absolutely beautiful,” said EMT and race volunteer Suze Foster.
This year, runners will take their marks at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20. Walkers will start at 9 a.m. All participants are to meet prior to that time at the Great Harbor Museum on Main Street in Northeast Harbor. Those with bib numbers will take buses to the starting line on Sargeant Drive.
The race is usually held the last weekend in August. But due to an Acadia National Park’s centennial celebration at Jordan Pond on Aug. 27, Foster said the ambulance service didn’t want to host the race the same day. Two big events on the same day would stretch the ambulance service thin should any crises arise.
Early registration is $20, and the first 75 entrants will receive race T-shirts. Race-day registration is $25. All proceeds from race registration fees will go towards the ambulance service, which is a nonprofit organization. Runners and walkers can register online at www.nehambulance.org or call Foster at 299-0207 for a registration form. Race times will be tabulated by Crow Athletics.
In addition to getting some exercise along a beautiful race course, participants have chances to win some goodies from local businesses.
Raffle tickets will be for sale for a chance to win prizes from several Northeast Harbor businesses. Prizes include gift certificates to Asticou Restaurant, Milk & Honey, Colonel’s and Tan Turtle; merchandise from Wini Smart Studio, Shaw Jewelry, Kimball Shop, Swallowfield, Holmes Store, McGrath’s and The Romantic Room; and a Sea Princess boat cruise.