Bridgton Four on the 4th virtual race a success!

We wrapped up our first ever “virtual” road race July 20. The race committee wants to thank so many people and organizations that helped make this a reality. Over the period July 1-19, we had over 750 registrations, plus added some of the people at our local camps. The feedback from our runners who used the original course from 1977 was so good, but don’t get any ideas, next year we plan to be back at our certified four-mile course!

Later in August we will present a check of approximately $20,000 to the Bridgton Public Library to help them continue to offer the great resources they bring to our community. That amount was greatly supported by donations from most of our long-term sponsors. To all of them, we thank you!

Major Sponsors: The Chalmers Group, Poland Springs, Norway Savings Bank, Hancock Lumber, Hayes True Value, Fleet Feet Sports Maine Running, Bridgton McDonalds, Hannaford, Howell Labs, Rolfe Industries, Food City, HEB Engineers, Maine Echo Homes (MEH), and McDonald Motors

Finally, one last look at our innovative COVID-19 Shirt/Bib delivery system, devised and used so many times by Bridgton’s own Roger Lowell on the front steps of our library!

This year can’t look like this!

T-Shirts

We changed this year’s shirt design and used a near replica of the logo shirts screened in their kitchen by the originators of the race, Phoebe and Jerry Levine.

Race Director, Bill Graham, models the retro 2020 Race Shirt, with Main Street Graphics owner Chuck Hamaty.

The 2020 Race Course

In addition to Covid-19 restrictions, our traditional course is undergoing major reconstruction work this summer. If you’ll be in Bridgton between July 1 and 19 you can run the original course.

In 1977, the first year of the race, it was run on the roads in the Highlands, and the race start was at the Bridgton Highlands Country Club. The original 4.2 mile track runs north on Highland Road, then east on Chadbourne Hill Road, and south on Middle Ridge Road to Dugway. The finish was the parking lot on Highland Lake. This year, the starting point will be adjusted 2 tenths of a mile to Walker Hall (a start line will be painted) to make it an even 4 mile course, but otherwise, it will be the original track.

The red pin is Walker Hall.

Posting Race Results and Photos

Runners completing the race can post their finish time and a photo on the Race Entry site.  Access to the site is via your Race Registration Confirmation E-Mail.  On that e-mail is a green button labeled “Edit Your Registration.’  Clicking on that button will take you to the Race Entry site where you can post your finish time and upload a photo.  If you need the registration confirmation e-mail, Race Entry will send another one to you if you go to the following link and fill in the requested information:

https://www.raceentry.com/races/bridgton-4-on-the-fourth/2020/verify-registration

Please note that many pages of the site have been disabled for this year.

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