Anywhere in the World (With In-Person Option in Portland, Maine), Portland, Cumberland County, Maine, United States

Start Date

02/20/2022

Activities: Running only, Virtual race, Walking only, 2.5K

I breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where; 
For who has sight so keen and strong,
That it can follow the flight of song?
      —HWL

Celebrate the 215th birthday of Portland, Maine's No. 1 bard, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, with a virtual (or in-person)* 2.5K run, walk or (virtual-only) 2.5K swim** anywhere in the world in support of Partners for World Health. Participants in the Run and Walk events will be able to choose either "virtual-only," or "virtual with in-person option." For those choosing the in-person Run or Walk option, an announcement will be made one month before the race, January 20, 2022, about the status of the in-person Run and Walk event on our 2.5K course in downtown Portland, Maine. All virtual events may be completed any time before February 22, 2022, but virtual results cannot be reported until race day, February 22, 2022, between 9AM ad 11:59PM. Upload your virtual result (or simply acknowledge you've completed your event) and photos to our Run Signup page (choose from the run, walk or swim result sets) and be eligible for one of our many prizes: For Swimmers: a trophy plaque to the male and female participant with overall fastest 2.5K swim times.** For Runners and Walkers: New Running Shoes from Fleet Feet Maine Running Company to a male and a female participant chosen at random from reported finishers. Other prizes: $250 for 2.5K In-Person Run Male/Female New Course Record; Most Distant Virtual 2.5K (distance anywhere in the world from Portland, Maine); My First Race Award (participants 10 and under); Longfellow Canine Look-Alike Award; Victorian Winter Running Attire Award (a vintage clothing favorite); plus special prizes for completing all three, or even four events, including in-person options. (Photo challenge: highlight a distinctive local feature from anywhere in the world.) All registered participants will receive a race-logo fleece headband. Make a running or walking plan; find a pool; find a warm stretch of open water; or sign up for more than one! This is the 11th anniversary running of Longfellow Frostbite 2.5K, a legacy race of Maine Track Club. Longfellow Frostbite 2.5K is an event in the 2022 Maine Track Club Grand Prix Series.

* Pending announcement on January 20, 2022, of the status of our In-person road race.

** 54.5 laps in a 25-yard pool, or 50 laps in a 25-meter pool, or 2.5K open water documented as one continuous swim by a smart watch record or as timed by a race-approved swimming coach.

Bracket/Division Details & Fees:

  1. 2.5K Virtual Run With In-Person Option

    Signing up for the Virtual Run With In-Person Option means that you will automatically be registered for the in-person 2.5K run on our downtown Portland, Maine, course, or be designated a virtual participant pending race status announcement one month before the race (January 20, 2022). If the decision is made to hold the race in person, social distancing, masking, proof of vaccination, and, if applicable, booster shot, or a negative test result taken no later than Thursday, February 17, 2022, will be required for bib pickup and race day registration. Further COVID-19 protocol regarding the race itself will be announced one month before race day.
    Activity Starts: 2/20/2022 09:00 - Activity Ends: 2/20/2022 10:00
    Registration opens : 10/12/2021 00:00
    Activity type: Running only
    Requires Date of Birth
    Requires phone number
    Giveaway(s): Complimentary race logo stretch fleece headband
    Registration Periods:
    • Registration opens : 10/12/2021 00:00
      Registration closes : 2/19/2022 23:59
      Race fee : $17.00
      Processing fee : $1.99
    • Registration opens : 2/20/2022 00:00
      Registration closes : 2/20/2022 23:59
      Race fee : $20.00
      Processing fee : $2.16


  2. 2.5K Virtual Run

    Run 2.5K anywhere in the world, virtually, and send in your results and photos.
    Activity Starts: 2/20/2022 09:00 - Activity Ends: 2/20/2022 23:59
    Registration opens : 10/12/2021 00:00
    Activity type: Virtual race
    Requires Date of Birth
    Requires phone number
    Giveaway(s): Complimentary race logo stretch fleece headband
    Registration Periods:
    • Registration opens : 10/12/2021 00:00
      Registration closes : 2/19/2022 23:59
      Race fee : $17.00
      Processing fee : $1.99
    • Registration opens : 2/20/2022 00:00
      Registration closes : 2/20/2022 23:59
      Race fee : $20.00
      Processing fee : $2.16


  3. 2.5K Virtual Walk With In-Person Option

    Signing up for the Virtual Walk With In-Person Option means that you will automatically be registered for the in-person 2.5K walk on our downtown Portland, Maine, course, or be designated a virtual participant pending race status announcement one month before the race (January 20, 2022). If the decision is made to hold the race in person, social distancing, masking, proof of vaccination, and, if applicable, booster shot, or a negative test result taken no later than Thursday, February 17, 2022, will be required for bib pickup and race day registration. Further COVID-19 protocol regarding the race itself will be announced one month before race day.
    Activity Starts: 2/20/2022 09:00 - Activity Ends: 2/20/2022 10:00
    Registration opens : 10/12/2021 00:00
    Activity type: Walking only
    Requires Date of Birth
    Requires phone number
    Giveaway(s): Complimentary race logo stretch fleece headband
    Registration Periods:
    • Registration opens : 10/12/2021 00:00
      Registration closes : 2/19/2022 23:59
      Race fee : $17.00
      Processing fee : $1.99
    • Registration opens : 2/20/2022 00:00
      Registration closes : 2/20/2022 23:59
      Race fee : $20.00
      Processing fee : $2.16


  4. 2.5K Virtual Walk

    Walk 2.5K anywhere in the world, virtually, and send in your results and photos.
    Activity Starts: 2/20/2022 09:00 - Activity Ends: 2/20/2022 23:59
    Registration opens : 10/12/2021 07:45
    Activity type: Virtual race
    Requires Date of Birth
    Requires phone number
    Giveaway(s): Complimentary race logo stretch fleece headband
    Registration Periods:
    • Registration opens : 10/12/2021 07:45
      Registration closes : 2/19/2022 23:59
      Race fee : $17.00
      Processing fee : $1.99
    • Registration opens : 2/20/2022 00:00
      Registration closes : 2/20/2022 23:59
      Race fee : $20.00
      Processing fee : $2.16


  5. 2.5K Virtual Swim

    Swimmers must swim exactly 54.5 laps in a 25-yard pool, or 50 laps in a 25-meter pool—or the equivalent in open water—and submit proof in the form of a smart watch time and distance record of one continuous swim, or timing from a race-approved swim coach. (To add the name of your swimming coach the the race-approved list of coaches, contact the race director.) The 2.5K swim may be completed at any time, but results must be uploaded on February 20, 2022, between 9:00AM and 11:59PM, not before or after. Personalized trophy plaques to the 1st overall male and female swimmers.
    Activity Starts: 2/20/2022 09:00 - Activity Ends: 2/20/2022 23:59
    Registration opens : 10/12/2021 00:00
    Activity type: Virtual race
    Requires Date of Birth
    Requires phone number
    Giveaway(s): Complimentary race logo stretch fleece headband
    Registration Periods:
    • Registration opens : 10/12/2021 00:00
      Registration closes : 2/12/2022 23:59
      Race fee : $17.00
      Processing fee : $1.99
    • Registration opens : 2/13/2022 00:00
      Registration closes : 2/13/2022 23:59
      Race fee : $20.00
      Processing fee : $2.16


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