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Celebrate the 216th birthday of Portland, Maine's No. 1 bard, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, with an in-person 2.5K run or 2.5K walk on our scenic route on Congress St., Portland, Maine, or take the plunge for our one-of-a-kind virtual 2.5K swim* (or sign up for both!) in support of Equality Community Center. NOTE: we have a new Start/Finish line this year, see below. Also this year we offer a non-binary sign-up option. Additionally, we offer non-competitive options for those participants not wanting to be ranked by finish time. Our in-person 2.5K event will be take place Sunday, February 19, 2023. The virtual 2.5K swim may be completed any time before and including February 19, 2023, but virtual results cannot be reported until race day, February 19, 2023, between 9AM and 11:59PM. Upload your virtual swim result (or simply acknowledge you've completed your event) and photos to our Run Signup page (choose your swim result set) 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 two participants chosen at random from reported finishers. Other prizes: My First Race Award (participants 10 and under); Longfellow Canine Look-Alike Award; Victorian Winter Running Attire Award (a vintage clothing favorite); cash prizes for course record M/F/NB; 1st and 2nd M/F/NB in 10-year groups; plus special prizes for completing all three events: in-person and virtual 2.5K run or walk and virtual 2.5K swim events. Sign up for the in-person 2.5K run/walk or the virtual 2.5K swim, or both! Get friends or family together and create a team! This is the 12th running of Longfellow Frostbite 2.5K, a legacy race of Maine Track Club. MTC Longfellow Frostbite 2.5K is an event in the 2023 Maine Track Club Grand Prix Series.
Raceday registration and bib pick-up 7am—8:45am, Sunday, February 19, 2023, at Equality Community Center, 15 Casco St., Portland, Maine.
Awards ceremony and other post-race activities 10am, Sunday, February 19, 2023, at Equality Community Center, 15 Casco St., Portland, Maine.
NEW START/FINSIH LINE: the new Start/Finish Line is located at the intersection of Congress and Casco Streets, opposite the entrance of Maine College of Art. Participants will proceed from the Start west on Congress St., always using the righthand lane, to Longfellow Square (intersection of Congress and State), turn around, proceed east down Congress to the intersection of Congress and Franklin, turn around, and complete the race west on Congress back up to the Start/Finish Line at Congress and Casco.
Race-day Parking, Sunday, February 19, 2023: A limited number of free spots are available in the Arts District Garage, 511 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101. In order to park there you first need to ask for a parking pass from the registration table inside Equality Community Center, 15 Casco St. There are also a limited number of spaces in ECC's surface lot next door, no passes required. Otherwise, park anywhere in the area, but not on Congress St—parking in downtown Portland is free on Sundays.
* 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 lifeguard or race-approved swimming coach.
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