Links to register are below or click here
June 10 race news update
Enhancing the Runners Experience:
For this year’s race, we are giving out cash prizes to the top three women and men as follows:
1st place $300
2nd place $200
3rd place $100
In addition, we will try out some “electronic” ideas and capabilities for you to check out in the post-race cool-down area, where you can grab your drinks and watermelon and get into the misting tent if it’s a warm day.
Our sponsors for this year now number 45 different companies and organizations. Total funds raised are $29,100, which doesn’t include all of the non-cash items we get, like Poland Spring water, Gatorade, watermelon, several prizes, and our volunteers. Never have we enjoyed such support. Go to our sponsor link above to see them all! Bridgton continues to be such a special area.
Race Course Update:
This year we expect to have a normal race on our certified 4-mile course! Start time is 8:00 AM, 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 more robust 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 all ages are included this year. Many of today’s runners first ran this race as campers and have been coming back since.
I’ve toured every step of the course. Remember, our track is in a diamond with good up-hills on miles 2 and 3, and the final 1.5 miles is mainly a great downhill. These are primarily rural Maine roads but are in pretty good shape. I’ll give you an update before we start the race.
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. In-person Registration is open ahead of this event from 3-4 PM.
• The 4-mile race on July 4 at 8:00 AM, starting at Food City and finishing at the Old Memorial School on Depot Street.
*Bib pickup and shirt sales July 3, 3:30 – 6:00 PM, in front of Memorial School, end of Depot Street (this is also our finish line area)
*Also, bibs and shirts can be picked up the morning of the race, 6:30-7:30 AM at the same location.
• 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.
As the calendar rolls into July, our race leadership team will be carefully watching the guidance from the Maine CDC (as we did last year), so we will comply 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!