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After a tremendous deal of thought, St. Joe's has elected to forego an in-person Commit to Get Fit this year and instead arrange for the best virtual event possible! Any participants who have already registered who wish to have their registration fees refunded will be offered a full refund; however, we are hopeful that folks will join in through virtual efforts. All registrants will be given an event t-shirt and other giveaways. The first 150 registrants will still receive a specially designed face mask.
We are most hopeful that people will join in and participate! All monies raised will be going to an incredibly important program: St. Joe's SAFE nurses program. The sexual assault forensic examiner (SAFE) program includes five certified SAFE nurses who care for victims of sexual assault at St. Joe's emergency department. They also go out into our community to provide education at area homeless shelters and educational facilities. The program depends upon private gifts - and revenue from the Commit to Get Fit - to stay strong.
There are so many ways YOU CAN VIRTUALLY PARTICIPATE! During the weekend of the Commit to Get Fit, we hope you will plan to walk or run at any of these area trails:
When you participate, please let your friends know you are doing so! Proudly wear your Commit to Get Fit t-shirt!
To learn a bit more about the SAFE nurses program and why this cause is so important, please check out this brief video, which includes both Michelle Markie, RN and Keri Kapaldo, RN, two of the SAFE nurses at St. Joe's, as well as Commit to Get Fit Race Director and St. Joe's Board Member, Brad Ryder.
We will be happily publishing our virtual 5k and 10k running (or speed walking) times. Please send your Strava or Garmin results to us at email@example.com. We will put your results on our site for folks to see. While it is not the same thing as running on the same course at the same time with peers, it still will be fun to see how everyone does with their individual efforts!
How will it be different this year? As mentioned above, this year we have decided to go virtual! Which means we will be encouraging all of our participants and sponsors to where their Commit to Get Fit shirts at the end of September and walk or run their favorite 5k or 10k courses. Stay tuned for more information on this!
Packet Pick-Up Packet pick-up will be available on Saturday, Sept 26th from 9:00 am to 11 pm at the Clift Darling House, 106 Congress Street. While we will not be having the race in-person, as we had hoped, we will still have goody bags (shirts, bibs and many other items) for all registered participants.
After a great deal of reflection, we have elected to hold an exciting, virtual event this year, rather than have one in person. The second annual, Commit to Get Fit 5k/10k will help victims of sexual assault get the care and support they need to heal. Our Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Nurses have specialized training and help with the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of sexual assault, domestic violence and human trafficking survivors. St. Joe’s SAFE nurses are on-call 24/7, whenever (and often wherever) they are needed in our community. Sign up today to COMMIT your support to St. Joe’s SAFE nurses!
Additional race information can be found at https://www.stjoeshealing.org/support-our-mission/commit-to-get-fit.
Our course, which is such a wonderful aspect of this event, if we were not going virtual, would start and finish at Broadway Park in Bangor. Both go into downtown Bangor, go along the Kenduskeag Stream and go through the Little City neighborhood in Bangor. Much of the course is on pavement, but there are some portions that are on unpaved trails (keep that in mind if you are thinking of pushing a stroller!). The 10k also runs through the Husson University campus. These are beautiful courses that will be a delight for walkers and slower runners and will be challenging for those seeking a tough race. Below are photos of Husson students who volunteered on their campus in 2019 to greet and support 10k runners and of runners enjoying the trail that runs along the Kenduskeag Stream. After the inaugural Commit to Get Fit, race organizers, including experienced local runners, explored whether to reverse the course direction (there are some hills in this course!). They concluded that keeping the race course direction the same made the most sense - there is a nice downhill stretch to the finish!
Unlike most 5k and 10k races, this course features a mix of city running, rural running and trail running.
Those who register before September 1 are guaranteed of receiving a T-shirt in their size. We will order extras, but there will be no guarantee you'll receive a shirt or one in your size for registrations that were made after 9/1/20. And for those who let us know by September 1st that will be your first 5K, we will have a special shirt for you. If you are an experienced runner, we'd love to see our race T-shirts around town in the off-season. Either way, you know you want the shirt.
Also, the first 150 registrants will receive a special St. Joseph Face Mask!
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