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1871 was the year the first Major League Baseball game was played. It's also the number of runners registered for the Trails to Ale 10K on Sunday. That's a lot of cans of Shipyard and slices of Portland Pie at the mid-morning after-party on the Eastern Promenade. It's all for a good cause near to runners' hearts: Portland Trails (www.trails.org/).
The Insane Inflatable 5K at Scarborough Downs was a wildly fun Saturday workout, if not a "race." Ten of the 14 waves sold out. If you've ever been jealous of kids in bounce houses, you want to catch this event next time around. You're big, but these inflatables are bigger. Extra good karma to the 11 a.m. wave of participants who paid an extra $10 to benefit Camp Sunshine. But everyone gets a medal. Crazy, right? More info: www.insaneinflatable5k.com.
Few parties have a raffle where you get on a plane immediately and fly to New York City with whatever you happen to have with you. The Maine Suitcase Party fundraiser for Camp Sunshine is one of them. For one night each September, Keller Williams and Maine Aviation turn a hangar into the city's most happening hot spot, with a red carpet entrance to an evening of cocktails and dancing and even a whiskey tasting on a private jet. Good fun for a good cause: summer camp for kids with life-threatening diseases and their families. More info on Camp Sunshine: www.campsunshine.org/
Sunday was a perfectly crisp day for the Susan G. Komen Maine Race for the Cure in Portland. The 5K fundraiser to fight breast cancer includes a road race/walk and a 1K walk/fun run concluding at Payson Park. Men wear pink and women walk around with boxes of tampons. And there’s another one coming up at the Bangor waterfront Sept. 21. For more info or to donate: http://www.komenmaine.org/.
The Beach RAID at Old Orchard Beach was 3.1 miles of the next generation of obstacle racing—with sand hills, ropes, climbing walls and all the other trimmings of cross-training challenges. From The Brunswick down to the Ocean Park end of the beach, then down to the pier, and back to The Brunswick, competitors got a real workout. And at the end: a post-race party at The Brunswick with music, food, and beer. More info: http://www.raidevents.com/beach/beach-raid-southern-maine/
PROPEL, the young professionals subset of the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce, went off-Peninsula with an After Hours at the Inn on Peaks Island. About 75 people made the trip out for an evening of networking, snacks, and a cash bar. Bonus: Did you see the killer sunset? More info on PROPEL: www.propelportland.org/
The sixth annual Sandsations sculpture contest on Pine Point Beach raised more than $10,000 for Birth Roots Perinatal Resource Center, which serves about 500 Maine families per year. The team behind “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish” went home with the Golden Bucket voters’ choice award. The Tuscan Raiders received the Golden Shovel judges’ choice award for “Jabba the Hutt.” And the Aquaholics team was awarded the Golden Sand Dollar for raising the most online: $550. More info: www.sandsations.org.
The Seaside Pavilion in Old Orchard Beach closed out its summer season on a high note: a Big Daddy Weave concert that sold out in advance. Big Daddy Weave, led by "big daddy" Mike Weaver, is one of Christian music's most popular, award-winning bands now best known for the hit song "Redeemed." For more info on the Seaside Pavilion, an outreach ministry of the Salvation Army: www.seasidepavilion.org.