This is not a race. It’s more like a series of fun runs, sponsored by The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and running, pun intended, once monthly through September – every second Thursday. You’ll get to explore the trail systems along the Cathance River, catch some views and maybe make a few new running buddies.

The runs will leave the parking lot at the new Head of Tide Park – be prompt, the group warns, it won’t wait for stragglers – and then meet up again after about a mile. You can head back to the parking lot then or continue on for another mile or so in a total loop of between 3 and 4 miles. Leave your dog at home and prepare for mosquitoes and ticks. The runs will be staffed by a couple of people with cell phones for emergencies. They’d love it if you’d carpool because the lot is small. Unless there’s thunder and lightning, they’ll run rain or shine. — MARY POLS

WHAT: Trail Run Series, Cathance River Trail

WHEN: 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Thursday, also the second Thursdays of the month in August and September.

WHERE: Head of Tide Park, 259 Cathance Road., Topsham

HOW MUCH: Free, but please register in advance online at Keep an eye on the weather and check the group’s Facebook page to confirm the run is still on. Someone will post there by 5 p.m. if it is canceled.

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