The Ninth Annual Doc and Mardie 5K and youth one mile fun run is set for Saturday at 9 a.m. The youth fun run will start at 8:15 a.m. and registration for the race opens at 7:30 a.m.

The race is a benefit for the Alfond Youth Center. Last year, 112 runners completed the 5K. The 2013 race saw course records set in the men’s and women’s division. Adam Goode of Bangor won the men’s race in 16 minutes, 14 seconds. Erzy Nagy of Fairfield was the women’s winner in 19:10.

The course starts at the Alfond Youth Center on North Street in Waterville. It goes up Colby Hill, then back down Mayflower Hill. At the Gilman Street School, the course turns left onto West Street, then left back onto North Street and back to the Alfond Youth Center.

A unique feature of the race is that child care is available for runners at the Alfond Center’s adventure playland.

“It’s a safe, fun spot,” Patrick Guerrette, a race organizer, said. “It’s a cool spot for the kids.”

The race is named in honor of Doc and Mardie Brown. Mardie completed a triathlon at age 80, and held multiple national swimming records in her age group in the master’s swim program. She did in 2009 at age 92. Doc played tennis and raquetball into his 90s, and continued to work out until he was 99. Doc died in 2010 at age 100.

“Most people have trouble making excersize a part of their lives, and (Doc and Mardie) did it right up until they couldn’t,” Guerette said.

The cost for adult preregistration is $20, with day of the race registration $25. The entry fee for seniors is $15 ($20 day of). For members of the Central Maine Striders, entry is $15, or $20 day of the race. Preregistration is due by Thursday at 5 p.m., and can be completed online at

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The 2nd annual United Hillandalers 5K Obstacle Course Race will be in Winthrop on Saturday. The race benefits the Hillandalers Snowmobile Club and a scholarship fund for children’s martial arts classes.

The course begins at United Fitness in Winthrop and runs in and around the snowmobile trails behind the building. This is a timed event, with waves of competitors sent from the start every 15 minutes. The race begins with the first wave at 9 a.m., with the last wave scheduled to go out at noon.

Runners can register at

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The Waterville Quarry Road Summer Race Series ends Tuesday, Aug. 12. This is the final 8K race of the season, and series awards and prizes will be given out after the race. The race starts at 6 p.m. and is preceeded by a youth fun run at 5:30.

Travis Lazarczyk — 861-9242

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Twitter: @TLazarczykMTM

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