Registration is open for the ninth annual Androscoggin Bank Run for Independence. The Saturday, May 15, virtual event allows runners to choose their own 5K, 10K or 1-mile course, show off their achievement on social media, and celebrate with discounts at local businesses.

All funds raised will benefit the pioneering health and wellness initiatives of Independence Association, which support children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in nine Maine counties.

Androscoggin Bank has been presenting sponsor of the event for eight years, and typically fields a large team of runners from its employees and friends. This year, the Androscoggin team will run in Lewiston, where the bank is headquartered.

Team IA, sponsored by Guardian Pharmacy of Maine, is again on track to be the event’s largest team, with more than 40 registrants from Independence Association’s clients and staff. Other pre-registered teams will be running in New York, DC, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Southern California, and Vermont, as well as many Maine cities and towns.

In the last three years, race proceeds have helped Independence Association equip an in-house fitness center used by its clients and staff.

To register, visit runsignup.com/race/me/brunswick/runforindependencemaine.

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