Registration is Open!
May 3 News Update
It’s now May, and I’m seeing runners popping up everywhere. We, runners, love this time of year. Cool mornings, warm afternoons in short sleeves, and spring flowers and leaves are popping all around us.
Sponsor updates: We are now pleased to announce our returning Sponsor for the Kids Fun Run, the Bridgton Hospital. This fantastic family event takes place Sunday afternoon, July 3, behind the Stevens Brook Elementary School. Race time is 4:30, but don’t miss the stretching warm-up exercises at 4 PM next to the starting line. This year for the Fun Run, we plan to return with all of the pre-COVID activities, including three timed distances (1/4 mile, 1/2 mile, and 1 full mile, for our kids ages 4-10 (+/1). BH joins Chalmers Insurance, this year’s Presenting Sponsor for this race, as a Gold Sponsor. We are thrilled and thank you. There will be more news to come regarding our sponsors, who represent a broad cross-section of our businesses across our towns and livelihoods in the Lake Region. To all of you, we are grateful!
This year we expect to have a normal 4-mile race on our certified 4-mile course! Start time is 0800, Monday morning, July 4, on Main Street next to Food City. Following last year’s race of 1,000 runners for the in-person event on July 4, this year, we expect to see a strong turnout from our 13 local camps. Last year most campers had not been vaccinated as the younger age groups were still being rolled out, but this year all ages are included. So, we expect about 2,000 runners at the start.
As you get into your running programs, be sure to include some long, gentle hills for this beautiful road race!
• Kids Fun Run at 4:30 on July 3, behind Stephens Brook Elementary School.
• The 4-mile race on July 4 at 0800, starting at Food City and finishing at the Old Memorial School.
*Bib pickup and shirt sales July 3, 3:30 – 6:00 PM, Old Memorial School, end of Depot Street (also finish line area)
*Also available the morning of the race, 6:30-7:30 AM.
• We will again support our virtual runners who can’t be in Bridgton in person for whatever reason. There is now a virtual signup category on our registration site for that.
COVID: As the calendar rolls forward into June, our race leadership team will be carefully watching the guidance from the Maine CDC (as we did last year), so we will be compliant with those guidelines on both race days.
Also, if you haven’t watched our 3-minute “drone” video of the race from a few years ago, click on that link below, and that will get you in a good road race state of mind!
– Bill Graham, Race Director
Register for the 4 on the Fourth
To encourage early registration, the registration fee will increase to $30 on Wednesday, June 15th, and to $35 on Friday, July 1st. Registration for the race closes at 8:00 pm on Saturday, July 2nd , 2022.
Race Bib & Timing Chip Pick-up
Early pick-up of the 4 on the Fourth race bibs and t-shirts is available from 3:30-6:00 pm on July 3rd at the Finish Area at Memorial School on Depot Street. Race Day pick-up of bibs and shirts begins at 6:00 am at the same location July 4th. Alphabetical lists of registered runners with their respective bib numbers will be posted in the registration area.
Disclaimer: If the race is converted to a virtual race, or, is canceled because of weather or other unforeseen circumstances, deferrals or refunds will not be offered.
Kids Fun Run July 3rd @ 4:30 pm
Register for the Kids Fun Run
Presented by Bridgton Hospital
Pick-up race bibs and same day registration for the Kids Fun Run from 3:30 – 4:15 pm July 3rd at Memorial School on Depot Street.
2022 Race T-Shirts
2022 T-shirts will be available for purchase online at the registration site, at Early Pick-up on July 3rd, and on Race Day July 4th.
About the Race
The 4 on the Fourth is a classic road race held each summer in the heart of Maine’s lake region. The race starts in town and takes runners through a beautiful rolling course with a mix of hills, fields, and lake views, ending with a fast fourth mile and an exhilarating finish.
If you would like to see the entire 4 mile course – check out this detailed video with audio tips!