Bicentennial Distance Challenge Virtual Race
May 1 - October 17
It doesn’t matter where you live, your exercise preferences, or our shared social distancing practices – you can participate in our Bicentennial Distance Challenge Virtual Race!
Run, bike or walk. Traverse your favorite street or trail course, or take part on a treadmill. Travel around your neighborhood or any course of your choosing.
The benefit of a virtual race means YOU get to choose the best time and place to undertake your distance challenge!
Whether you break up your 7 miles over multiple days, or run it all at once, you’ll earn a collectible Bicentennial Challenge-themed medal, receive a commemorative runner’s bib to wear during your exercise, and you’ll be invited to a “Finish Line” celebration in October (date TBD)!
Keep in mind:
Your registration, and supplemental donations, support the mission of the Brick Store Museum, BUT will also be shared to benefit these local Wells & Kennebunk cultural and land conservation institutions: Kennebunk Land Trust, the Historical Society of Wells-Ogunquit, and Wells Reserve at Laudholm.
WHY SEVEN MILES?
It’s Maine’s Bicentennial! 1820 was also the year that Kennebunk and Wells, two towns in Maine, split from each other to become separate towns – so we’re celebrating dual 200th Birthdays! Take part in this fun Bicentennial Distance Challenge Virtual Race by running, walking, or biking 7 miles on the course of your choice. Why 7 miles?
Before 1820, Kennebunk was a part of Wells. Communities were then designated as parishes, and the church or parish was an essential meeting place.
At the time, people in the Kennebunk district of Wells had to travel 7 miles—usually by foot—to the First Congregational Parish of Wells (now home to the Historical Society of Wells & Ogunquit, near the CVS/Hannaford in Wells) in order to attend meetings. In 1750, these residents founded their own parish, which they called the Second Congregational Parish of Wells. It was located at Kennebunk Landing, along the Kennebunk River. Reverend Daniel Little was its first minister. The parish moved to what is now the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church on Main Street, on land donated by Joseph Storer, in 1772.
By the time 1820 came around, the two parishes – in Wells and Kennebunk – sat seven miles away from each other, and that’s where members of the Second Congregational Parish of Wells (now the Unitarian Universalist Church) voted to separate and become its own town.
Get active and support history! The race kicks off on June 24, 2020, through October 17, 2020, run your race at your pace and on a course of your choice – as long as it’s seven miles! – and send us your finishing time. If you choose to run or bike, use a tracking method of your choice. If you are walking, feel free to split up those miles to complete them over a period of time that is healthy for you.
With the onset of COVID-19, we understand there may be participants out there who would like to undertake this challenge early. You are welcome to complete your race anytime after registration (you don’t have to wait for June 24th!).
Click HERE to visit our official Race Website to register and learn more.
Presented by our generous sponsor: Southern Maine Health Care
With special thanks to the Museum’s Marquee Sponsor: Kennebunk Savings Bank
- May 1
- October 17
- Event Category:
- Special Events
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Kennebunk, ME 04043 United States
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