Virtually run, walk, or bike an historic 7 mile distance in celebration of Maine and Kennebunk’s dual Bicentennials this year!
The Bicentennial Distance Challenge is a virtual run, walk or bike that asks participants to travel an historic 7 mile distance to celebrate Maine and Kennebunk’s dual Bicentennials this year, and support local history organizations the Brick Store Museum and the Historical Society of Wells-Ogunquit, as well as other cultural nonprofits in Wells and Kennebunk impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bicentennial Distance Challenge is sponsored especially by Southern Maine Health Care, with additional support from Kennebunk Savings.
The virtual race allows participants to choose their race day and their course, as long as it’s 7 miles. Why 7 miles? In 1820, three months after Maine became its own state, the towns of Kennebunk and Wells split to become two separate towns. Their meetinghouses sat 7 miles apart.
The 7-mile distance race will feature fun prizes, donated by local businesses, including awards for run and bike fastest times; most creative course; and more. Participants who are walking can do the entire 7 miles at once, or split up their distance over several days.
Registration for the race is $35 per person, and $10 for children under 16. The race (run, walk or bike) kicks off June 24 and participants can complete their race anytime before October 17th. Every participant receives a commemorative bib number to wear during their race; a short history of Wells and Kennebunk; race tips; and cast participant medal during the Virtual Finish Line event in October.