5Ks are great events to participate in. They get you outside and doing something healthy, you meet people, and usually the small registration fee also happens to support a good cause.

When we realized there was no central location to find out about all the 5Ks on MDI, we decided to do a post that had all of them. If you have any information to add (ex: they allow teams, there is a kid race, etc.), please leave a comment so we can update the post!

Note: these are 5Ks that are happening on a regular basis so we’ve approximated dates as they will vary year to year.

Double Note: Some of these races are actually a bit over 5K… but if they were close, we included them since people interested in 5K races might be interested in them as well!

Sea of Blue Autism Walk and 5K

When: April
Where: Northeast Harbor
A senior exhibition project by high school student Christopher Heel to help raise autism awareness has turned into an annual event! Money raised through race registrations and sponsors is donated to the Autism Society of Maine, Downeast Horizons, and Special Children’s Friends. They have recently added a dog run event with the 5K. Event starts at the Neighborhood House and goes through and around Northeast Harbor.

FMI or Register: http://www.seaofblueautism.com/

Acadia Council of Realtors 5K

When: May
Where: Bar Harbor
This 5k run/walk to benefit Affordable Housing in Hancock County starts and ends in downtown Bar Harbor.
FMI or Register: https://www.facebook.com/acadiacouncilofREALTORS/

SFOA 5K/Fun Run

When: June
Where: Southwest Harbor
Started in 2014, the SFOA 5K/Fun Run is in celebration of the life and gifts of Simeon Michaud, an SFOA student who thrived as a member of the MDI community and as an SFOA student for many years. The event is donation based, and all proceeds go directly to the SFOA Scholarship Fund.
FMI or Register: https://www.sfoamaine.org/home/5k-fun-run


Flamingo 4 Miler

When: July
Where: Southwest Harbor
Our 4 mile race is part of the Eden Athletics – King Electric Points Series. This scenic race runs through part of Acadia National Park and ends at the Tremont Community Center. Walkers are welcome to join this event. Immediately following the race is a free Fun Run for kids 12 & under. All Fun Run participants will receive a ribbon. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at the Tremont Community Center on Sunday July 16, 2017. A bus will transport participants to the starting line at the Seawall Campground for an 8:30 am start. First registrants get a ‘flamingo themed gift’.
FMI or Register: www.edenathletics.com

Northeast Harbor Road Race

When: August
Where: Northeast Harbor (and along Somes Sound)
One of the oldest continuously held road races in Maine, this race is actually 5 MILES, not 5K. But all funds raised go toward the Northeast Harbor Ambulance Service and we figured we could see past the difference between empirical and metric measurements and include it in our list.

FMI or Register: http://www.crowathletics.com/nehroadrace

Bar Harbor Bank And Trust Half Marathon And 5K

When: September
Where: BarHarbor
The hilly course starts in the small, picturesque fishing town of Bar Harbor, then cuts through Acadia National Park. The money raised through your entry fees help sustain the MDI YMCA’s scholarship programs, ensuring that individuals and families have access to the care, services, and programs that promote healthy living or community activities.
FMI or Register: https://www.mdiymca.org/fall-half-marathon-and-5k

MDI XC Trail 5K and Kids Trail Race

When: September
Where: MDI High School
Sponsored by MDI High School’s Cross Country team, this is MDI’s only trail race. All the proceeds benefit the team.
FMI or Register: desiree.sirois@mdirss.org


Running For Rides Mary Parker Memorial 5K Race

When: October
Where: Bar Harbor
Held in memorial of a local volunteer, this annual fundraiser which goes through downtown Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park raises money for Island Connections, a local non-profit offering transportation services for those in need.

FMI or Register: http://islconnections.org/

Catch That Turkey 5K

When: Thanksgiving Day
Where: Bar Harbor
Join the MDI YMCA on Thanksgiving Day for its annual Turkey Trot lovingly dubbed: Catch That Turkey. One brave Y staff member is the turkey. If you, as a runner, can finish the race before the turkey, your name will be placed in a drawing for a prize. All proceeds go to the MDI YMCA to help provide scholarships for programs and memberships.

FMI or Register: https://www.mdiymca.org/catch-that-turkey-5k

Frosty 5K

When: December
Where: Northeast Harbor

Celebrate the season and get a little fresh air at the 6th Annual Frosty 5K on Saturday, December 1st. Online registration is available for just $10 in advance and the first 50 registrants will receive an official Neighborhood House fleece Head/Ear warmer (Race day registration is $15).

The event consists of a Kids Fun Run along Rock End Rd at 9:30 am, and the 5K Run/Walk at 10:00 am. Race day registration begins at 9:00am. Four legged friends and strollers are welcome as well. Whether you’re an avid runner or just want to enjoy a scenic walk in a fun atmosphere, be sure not to miss the Frosty 5K!

FMI or Register: https://www.theneighborhoodhouse.com/

Thanks to local organizations and businesses, it looks like you can run a 5K almost every month of the year on Mount Desert Island.

Thanks to Kassie Strout who gave us use of her image from a local race for use on this post.



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