Sun September 27, 2020
Commit to Get Fit in 2020

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:

  • The Commit to Get Fit 5k/10k route, which can be found here on this site.  This fantastic trail is fun to walk or to run, and it takes you to downtown Bangor, along the Kenduskeag Stream trail, through Husson U (for the 10k) and up through Bangor's Little City neighborhood - and finishes at beautiful Broadway Park.
  • The Bangor and Brewer Waterfront Trails- thanks to the terrific work of our local city governments, there are easy to walk and run paved trails running along both sides of the mighty Penobscot River.  Running along both sides of the river and across the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge will cover 5K.
  • The Bangor City Forest on Stillwater Avenue.  Click here to learn more about these awesome trails.
  • The Husson University loop - which is a fun loop (about one mile in length)
  • The University of Maine DeMeritt Forest Trail System is an amazing place to walk or run 5k or 10k.  There is a paved trail that runs from campus all the way into Old Town.  There are unpaved paths that take you through gorgeous forests and through open fields.
  • The Reeds Brook trails in Hampden.  These are used by the public and area x-country teams.  Beautiful, well marked trails.  Perfect for a Commit to Get Fit outing!.
  • The Ecotat Gardens and Arboretum in Hermon are well worth exploring, and terrific for a walk or a run.
  • Nearly all of the lands located in the Bangor Land Trust have well marked trails that are fantastic for walking or running.  Included in these lands are the Walden-Parke Trails and the Pejajawac 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.  

Share Your Virtual Times!

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 foundation@sjhhealth.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!

Race Day Details

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!

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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.

Description

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!

Race Website

Additional race information can be found at https://www.stjoeshealing.org/support-our-mission/commit-to-get-fit.

Course Map!

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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!

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Unlike most 5k and 10k races, this course features a mix of city running, rural running and trail running.

 

It's all about the T-shirt...

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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Start and Finish in Bangor's Broadway Park.
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