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Blueberry Cove 13.1

**As of March 11, 2011 we have reached the maximum number of racers and have closed registration**

Support Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove by joining midcoast Maine’s ONLY half marathon on August 28, 2011 at 7:30 a.m.  Registration is $50 – all proceeds go directly to supporting Tanglewood & Blueberry Cove 4H Camp and Learning Centers, a program of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

Awards will be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place males and females in the following divisions: open, 18 & Under, 19 – 29, 30 – 39, 40 – 49, 50 – 59, 60 – 69, 70 -79, 80 plus.  Also, to the top 3 year-round residents of St. George.

Eco friendly t-shirts to all those registered by August 9, 2011. Finisher medals to all participants.  No race day registration.

Blueberry brunch available to all participants following the event. Down East Fish Chowder dinner available to racers on Saturday night for just $10 (includes fresh caught fish, locally baked bread, salad with veggies from the camp garden and Maine blueberry pie).

Race Features:

USA Track and Field Certified Half Marathon  (pending)

Mile markers for all 13 miles

Short sleeve eco friendly cotton t-shirts

Water stations every 2-miles

Post race blueberry brunch

Finisher medals to all participants

Finish times

Saturday night pre-race Downeast fish chowder dinner ($10)

Saturday night campfire for telling race stories

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where does the race begin?
When can I pick up my race packet?
What if I can’t make the packet pick-up time?
Is this race capped?
What is the cost?
Do you have a pre-race dinner?
Do I get a shirt?
Why can’t I get a “tech” shirt like all the other races are giving?
How do I register?
What is the course like?
What will the weather be like?
Can I walk the race?
Are pets, baby strollers or headsets allowed?
Are there adequate bathroom facilities?
Is there hydration along the course?
Do I get a medal even if I come in last?
Can I take a shower after the race?
When are the awards given?
Are there cash prizes?
Can my friends help during the race?
Where can spectators watch the race?
What’s the most important thing I need to remember?
What are my lodging options?
What is the closest lodging option?
Is there anything to do in Midcoast Maine?
How can I stay in touch with what’s happening with the Blueberry Cove 13.1?

When and where does the race begin?

Sunday August 28, 2011

Start time: 7:30 AM

Where: Blueberry Cove Camp, 22 Blueberry Cove Road, Tenants Harbor, ME Phone 207.372.6353.   (Off Harts Neck Road)

When can I pick up my race packet?

Packet pick-up is Saturday August 27, 2011 from 3-8 PM

Where: Blueberry Cove Camp, 22 Blueberry Cove Road, Tenants Harbor, ME  (Off Harts Neck Road)

What if I can’t make the packet pick-up time?

For just $5, we can mail your packet directly to you, if timely.

Is this race capped?

Yes. Only 100 runners/walkers will be allowed.

What is the cost?

Registration for the Blueberry Cove 13.1 is just $50.

Due to a limited amount of spaces in the race, and the fact that this is an important fundraiser for Blueberry Cove, race fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Do you have a pre-race dinner?

Yes. Enjoy a real Downeast dinner with fish chowder (featuring fish from Port Clyde Fresh Catch), fresh bread made locally, salad with veggies from the Blueberry Cove Camp garden, homemade blueberry pie and a beverage all for just $10 per person.

Do I get a shirt?

Every pre-registered runner (registered by August 9, 2011) will be guaranteed a short sleeve eco friendly cotton t-shirt with water based inks. Because they are all ordered to meet our needs, we can’t guarantee shirts to late registrants.

Why can’t I get a “tech” shirt like all the other races are giving?

There are many reasons, but the main one is, the cotton t-shirts we chose are eco friendly and printed in Maine by Liberty Graphics, located near the headwaters of the St. George River in Liberty. The PVC-free water-based ink gives Liberty Graphics a healthy workplace and gives their customers (you and I) a soft-to-the-hand garment. Unlike conventional print shops, the only solvent they need is water.

Also, as runners, we’ve been disappointed with the snags and staining the tech shirts get after one or two times worn, not to mention the stench that refuses to leave.

Lastly, like you said, all the other races are doing it. Who wants every shirt to look the same? We want you to wear it on a daily basis!

How do I register?

Online registration is available at www.active.com. For a T-shirt, the deadline is August 9, and the last chance to register is by Aug. 26. No race day registration.


What is the course like?

Discover the REAL Maine. The Blueberry Cove 13.1 is loaded with country roads, gentle hills and lots of ocean views. The course is a ½ marathon, 13.1 miles. It is a challenging circumnavigation of the lower St. George peninsula, with the start and finish at Blueberry Cove Camp off Harts Neck Road in Tenants Harbor, ME.

The first half of the route is a rural back road, with quiet coves, gentle hills and few houses, while the second half comes alive with much to see. Enjoy the beauty of Maine’s largest fishing fleet once you reach Port Clyde, also home of the Monhegan Boat Line ferries. Travel the same route as Forrest Gump traveled upon reaching the Marshall Point Light House, then head along Drift Inn Beach, the Atlantic Ocean and back to Blueberry Cove for a scrumptious Maine blueberry brunch.

What will the weather be like?

Beautiful, it’s Maine!  Definitely shorts weather. Comfortable nights, warm days.

Can I walk the race?

Yes. Walkers will start with the runners at 7:30 AM. Because walkers are not timed, they may leave up to 1 hour earlier as long as they have checked in first. Please note, not all water stops may be set up this early.

Are pets, baby strollers or headsets allowed?

No.

Are there adequate bathroom facilities?

There are indoor bathrooms at the start and finish of the race plus 4 more porta potty locations along the route.

Is there hydration along the course?

We have hydration stations approximately every 2 – miles.

Do I get a medal even if I come in last?

Of course! All participants will be guaranteed a finishers medal. We want you to be proud of your accomplishment.

Can I take a shower after the race?

Blueberry Cove Camp has limited shower facilities for runners on race day.

When are the awards given?

Awards will be presented at 10:00 AM during the blueberry brunch.

Are there cash prizes?

No. We are a small grass roots race. We have no big sponsors and limited small sponsors. We want participants to run for their health, for fun, for the challenge and to help raise funds for children to attend Blueberry Cove Camp.

Can my friends help during the race?

Yes, just have them contact us at blueberrycove13.1@gmail.com for more information.

Where can spectators watch the race?

Once the race starts, we will be holding off traffic on Harts Neck Road until all the racers have cleared the 1-mile run to Route 131. We suggest you leave before the start of the race and park at the ball field approximately 1.5-miles from the start, just north of Harts Neck Road, or park there and walk back to the start. There will be plenty of parking and a porta potty available at this location. You may also proceed further north on Route 131 and pull off into the parking lot of the Tenants Harbor Baptist Church. Runners will be turning at this location and the road will narrow. Once the racers have passed these two spots, we then suggest you head south on Route 131 and toward Port Clyde. There will be several places to watch from this direction.

First chance to see the runners will be at the Ridge Road/Turkey Cove Road intersection. Travel along Route 131, pass over a small bridge with water on each side and then turn right onto the Ridge Road. Within a few miles, you will see our directional team at work.

Other locations to watch are in Port Clyde. Parking can sometimes be a problem, so please use good judgment and don’t use business parking lots.

Our best recommendation for viewing the race is along Drift Inn Beach. From Route 131 South, we will have a sign marking the beach parking lot. Here there will be porta potties, a water station and plenty of room to walk along the beach road to cheer on your friends and family. If the parking lot is full, you may also park along Route 131 near the parking lot entrance, as this is not part of the race route.

For those more ambitious, the parking lot is within 1.5 – 2 miles from Marshall Point Light, another water stop and porta potty stop. This road will be closed to road traffic because it is an out and back for the runners, so please use common sense while walking this route, remember, these folks are in a race not an obstacle course competition!

The best suggestion we can give is to contact us ahead of time and volunteer at a water station. They will be located every two miles along the route and offer first hand viewing. Maps will be available.

What’s the most important thing I need to remember?

Because the St. George peninsula is mainly rural back roads, we encourage spectators to abide by our suggestions for the safety of the runners so as they do not get hit by a car or have trouble breathing all the car exhaust.  Of course we can’t keep you off most of the route, but we highly recommend that if you absolutely need to check up on your runner, please travel in the same direction of the racers.

What are my lodging options?

Midcoast Maine has many choices to pick from including campgrounds, bed & breakfasts, hotels, motels, inns and cottages. Visit www.therealmaine.com for local listings.

What is the closest lodging option?

Blueberry Cove Camp. Simple rustic cabins located just steps away from Race Headquarters and the dinning hall. Cabins are bunkhouse style with multiple beds per cabin. Some cabins have their own bathroom while others use a common bathhouse. Five private cabins have double beds. Lodging is available either dorm style or by renting all the beds in one cabin which is great for friends and family. Campers must provide their own sheets or sleeping bag. Price:  $20 per night / per person.

Is there anything to do in Midcoast Maine?

Yes, lots. Hiking, biking, hills, rivers, lakes, ocean beaches, museums, light houses, art galleries, great cafes and restaurants, pubs, lobster and lobster boats, and much, much more.

Visit www.therealmaine.com or http://www.camdenme.org/ for a complete listing of what to do.

How can I stay in touch with what’s happening with the Blueberry Cove 13.1?

Follow us on Face Book  http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Blueberry-Cove-131/161446140542426

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