BERLIN — The fifth annual RiverFire 5K Run / Walk will take place on Saturday, Oct. 14, in conjunction with Berlin’s annual RiverFire Celebration. The event follows a flat and fast, picturesque course along the Androscoggin River beginning and ending at Service Credit Union Heritage Park where other RiverFire events are centered.
Runners and walkers of all ages and ability levels are encouraged to participate either individually or as part of teams. Handcrafted awards will be presented to the fastest overall male and female finishers, with $50 incentive bonuses offered to the first male and female to break the course records of 16:14 for men, set by Brian Beegle, and 19:27, set by Amanda Dubs, in the 2015 race. Commemorative medals will also be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in the several ages categories.
Groups of three or more family, friends or co-workers are also being encouraged to join together and participate as teams. Though awards will be awarded to the fastest three teams (times of three fastest runners added together) there is also an award for the team with the “most original theme” as reflected by the team’s name and appearance. This award may be presented to teams of either runners, walkers or a combination of both.
General registration for the fifth annual RiverFire 5K Run/Walk event is $20. This year a reduced registration fee of $15 is being offered to students attending grade school, high school or college. All participants registering before Oct. 1 are guaranteed a commemorative T-shirt. After Oct. 1, T-shirts are not guaranteed, and general registration increases to $25. Day of race registration is available for $28. Participants may register online through www.racemenu.com or in person at any of the Coos Country Family Health Services offices in either Berlin or Gorham. A paper registration may also be downloaded from www.coosfamilyhealth.org or www.avhnh.org and mailed in.
All proceed from the event will benefit Response, a Domestic and Sexual Violence Support Center providing aid to those affected by these crimes here in the North Country.