About

Held annually since 2012, Bridge the Gap has quickly gained popularity as one of Eastern Maine's rites of spring!

In 2017 Crow Athletics became the newest caretakers of this important community event, and changed the course slightly; both races continue to start at Fort Knox in Prospect, and cross the stunning Penobscot Narrows Bridge. The 10-Miler tours Verona Island from west to east, while the 3-Miler follows the scenic river walk. Both races finish on Main Street in the heart of downtown Bucksport!

Crow Athletics has continued working closely with Main Street Bucksport, and we are thrilled to help bring this race into their friendly downtown. In addition to hosting another successful event, one of our primary goals is to encourage runners and their friends/family to explore the downtown business and restaurants, and plan to make a day of it in this former mill town that is hard at work to revitalize itself!

>>> Sign up by February 28th to have your name printed on your bib number!


Race Details

REGISTRATION: Click HERE.

ENTRANTS LIST: Click HERE.

RACE DATE: Saturday, April 6th, 2019

START TIME: 10:00AM

START LOCATION:  Prospect Maine near Front Knox and the Penobscot Narrows Bridge, 740 Ft Knox Rd, Prospect, ME 04981

ENTRY FEES: Register early and save! (Both races are capped and registration may close without notice. If you are planning to run we recommend signing up right away.)

2019 10-Miler Registration Fee Schedule:
• Super Early - $30 (limited to the first 100 runners)
• Early Reg - $35 (limited to the next 100 runners)
• Bridge Reg - $43 (limited to the next 100 runners)
• Late Reg - $46 (until reg closes)

2019 3-Miler Registration Fee Schedule:
• Super Early - $15 (limited to the first 100 runners)
• Early Reg - $20 (limited to the next 100 runners)
• Bridge Reg - $23 (limited to the next 100 runners)
• Late Reg - $26 (until reg closes)

COACHING: Click HERE

RACE SHIRTS: Click HERE to view or order.  (Note: shirts are optional and must be ordered separately. Please order by March 21st to receive in time for race day.)

QUESTIONS:  See the FAQ section below or visit Bridge The Gap Race on facebook.

 

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2019 Event Schedule

SATURDAY
• 8:00AM - 9:15AM Race check-in (location TBD)
• 10AM: Race start
• 11AM (approx): Awards for 3-Mile
• 12:15PM (approx.): Awards for 10-Mile

 

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10-Mile Course Map

10-Mile Turn-by-Turn Directions & Rules of the Road:

  • both races start with on Fort Knox Road/Route 174.

  • turn LEFT onto Penobscot Narrows Bridge.

    • run on the RIGHT side of the bridge with traffic.

  • once across the bridge, turn RIGHT on West Side Drive.

    • run on the LEFT side of the road facing traffic.

  • continue STRAIGHT on West Side Drive, which becomes East Side Drive, circling Verona Island.

    • continue running on the LEFT side of the road facing traffic.

  • at the end of East Side Drive turn RIGHT on US-1/ME-3.

    • run on the RIGHT side of the road with traffic.

  • at the bottom of the hill, before the bridge, you will be directed to CROSS the road so that you are facing traffic.

  • continue STRAIGHT across the bridge from Verona Island to Bucksport.

    • continue running on the LEFT side of the bridge facing traffic.

  • once across the bridge, turn LEFT onto Main Street/Route 15.

    • run on the LEFT side of the road with traffic.

  • the Finish Line is located on the LEFT side of the road at 64 Main Street.

    • Congratulations! Welcome to Main Street Bucksport!

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3-Mile Course Map

3-Mile Turn-by-Turn Directions & Rules of the Road:

  • both races start with on Fort Knox Road/Route 174.

  • turn LEFT onto Penobscot Narrows Bridge.

    • run on the RIGHT side of the bridge with traffic.

  • once across the bridge, continue STRAIGHT on US-1/ME-3 thru Verona Island.

    • continue running on the RIGHT side of the road with traffic.

  • continue STRAIGHT across the bridge from Verona Island to Bucksport.

    • continue running on the RIGHT side of the bridge with traffic.

  • once across the bridge, turn RIGHT on US-1/ME-3.

    • continue running on the RIGHT side of the road with traffic.

  • turn RIGHT onto the brick riverwalk.

    • this is a public riverwalk, please keep to the RIGHT.

  • continue STRAIGHT to the end of the riverwalk.

  • turn LEFT onto a short, packed gravel road, and continue out-and-back around the traffic cone.

    • run on the LEFT side of the road.

  • continue STRAIGHT on the dirt road.

    • use caution when crossing the exposed railroad tracks!

  • turn RIGHT onto Main Street.

    • run on the RIGHT side of the road with traffic.

  • the Finish Line is located on the RIGHT side of the road at 64 Main Street.

    • Congratulations! Welcome to Main Street, Bucksport!

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Frequently Asked Questions:

>>> Where can I learn more or ask questions?
Please visit our facebook page HERE for the most pertinent updates.

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>>> Can I sign up on the day of race or at bib pick-up?
No. This race reaches capacity every year, which means that there this NO day of race sign-up. All participants MUST sign up in advance. No exceptions. (Sorry!)

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>>> When can I pick up my race materials?
Race morning from 8:00AM-9:15AM. (location TBA)

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>>> Can I park at the start?
No. There is NO parking at the start near the bridge. All participants must use one of the options below:
1. Get dropped at the start by private vehicle.
2. Run to the start.
3. Use the provided bus departing from 3 River Road, Bucksport (on Route 15 across from the former paper mill)

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>>> Where can I park?
The official race parking lot is at 3 River Road, Bucksport (on Route 15 across from the former paper mill). Note: The race parking lot is 1/2 mile away from the actual finish line and you can easily walk back to your car. There will not be buses available to take you back to your car after the race. 

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>>> What time do the shuttle buses go to the start?
Buses will run from the race race check-in location to the start area from 8:30AM-9:30AM. We do not have the ability to transport everyone at once so please arrive early and take the first buses. Buses will run continuously at approx 30 min intervals.

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>>> Is there an indoor place to wait at the start?
The Fort Knox gift shop and restrooms are open at the start so there will be a place to wait inside if you get there early.

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>>> What is the age requirement to participate?
All ages are welcome; children must be supervised. All participants must be registered for insurance reasons.

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>>> What do I need to know about crossing the bridge?
The race starts on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge. Our lane of the bridge will be closed for the start of the race. Public safety officials need the bridge to be cleared of participants as quickly as possible so that the bridge may be re-opened to traffic. We ask that all participants jog (or fast-walk) to clear the bridge deck as quickly as possible. Do NOT stop on the bridge for any reason! This includes stopping to take photographs. Participants seen lingering on the bridge will risk immediate disqualification. If you find that you’re at the back of the pack, please move over to the sidewalk.

We are grateful to the state of Maine to be able to cross this iconic bridge. Please respect the wishes of public safety officials.

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>>> What items are NOT allowed on the course?
There are a number of items that are not allowed on the course including runners not wearing a bib number, animals, baby joggers, strollers, roller skates or roller-blades.

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>>> How many water stations will there be?
There will be one water station on the 3-Mile race, and at the finish line.
The 10-Mile race will have water stations at approximately 4-miles, 6-miles, 8-miles, and the finish line.

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>>> Where are the restrooms located?
Restrooms will be available at the start and at the finish line.

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>>> How will the race be timed?
RaceWire will be providing electronic chip-timing.

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>>> What are the awards categories? 
 The top 3 overall plus the first male and female finisher in the following age categories will be recognized in both the 10-Mile and 3-Mile races, as in the previous editions of Bridge the Gap.

12 & under
13-17
18-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
60-69
70-79
80+

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>>> May I transfer my entry to another person if I am unable to run?
Yes. Transfers must be completed by March 6th.

You will need to access your personal registration confirmation page to make changes to your registration. Please use the link in your Bridge the Gap Race confirmation email, which is located below your confirmation code.

If you are unable to locate your confirmation email, please click HERE.

Please note: Transferring your entry is a luxury and there is a $10 fee to be paid the new runner at the time of registration. (Managing transfers is quite a lot of extra work for our registration host and for our race staff.)

Due to our race weekend production schedule, registration changes (e.g., transferring your entry someone else) will only be permitted until 11:59PM ET on March 6th. Registration fees are non-refundable.

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>>> May I switch my registration from one race distance to another?
Yes, providing the desired race distance has not yet reached capacity. All race changes must be completed by March 6th.

You will need to access your personal registration confirmation page to make changes to your registration. Please use the link in your Bridge the Gap Race confirmation email, which is located below your confirmation code.

If you are unable to locate your confirmation email, please click HERE.

Due to our race weekend production schedule, registration changes (e.g., switching from one race to another) will only be permitted until 11:59PM ET on March 6th. Registration fees are non-refundable.

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Results & Photos

2018

FULL RESULTS
10M: full results
3M: full results

AGE GROUP AWARDS
10M: age group awards
3M: age group awards

PHOTOS & VIDEO
• Jeff Kirlin/The Thing of the Moment: album
• Orwin SantaCruz: album
• Kevin Morris Photographer: album
• Scott Bohlen: video

NEWS
• WABI5: April 8
• WABI5: April 22

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2017

FULL RESULTS
10M: full results
3M: full results

AGE GROUP AWARDS
10M: age group awards
3M: age group awards

PHOTOS
• Jeff Kirlin/The Thing of the Moment: album one -- album two
• Greg Emerson/Crowtographer: album

NEWS
• MDIslander: April 12
• Ellsworth American: May 9

2017 Notes: New course under the direction of Crow Athletics. Both races start at Fort Knox and Finish on Main Street in Bucksport.

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2016

FULL RESULTS
5K & 10M: full results

AGE GROUP AWARDS
10M: age group awards
5K: age group awards

NEWS
• Ellsworth American: April 13

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Records

2012-2016 race records (old course)


Race Gear

Crow Athletics is thrilled to offer sublimated race gear by Atayne, Maine's performance outfitter; inspiring positive environmental and social change through the power of active lifestyles. Featuring the striking Penobscot Narrows Bridge, with hints of blue and yellow to salute the upcoming Boston Marathon. Men's and women's styles available in short-sleeve, long-sleeve, and singlets. Learn more & buy online here: bridgethegap-gear.crowathletics.com

Please order by March 21st to receive in time for race day.


Team Cory’s Way for ALS

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Bridge the Gap for ALS research in memory of Cory W. Bennett of Verona Island

The majority of the Bridge the Gap Race takes place on Verona Island. We encourage participants to leave more than footprints by contributing to this fundraiser for ALS.

Cory Wayne Bennett was a very accomplished person and has many accolades to his honor. He served in the Navy for six years after high school with four deployments: Japan (twice), Bahrain, and Diego Garcia.

Cory found ways to make lifelong friends and build memories for the unsuspecting. He was diagnosed with ALS in 2008 and tackled this disease with determination. He passed into a new world of adventure after a very courageous battle in 2015.

Cory always said that “one should live life to the fullest – if you are not living on the edge, you are taking up too much space on this earth.”

Click HERE to support Team Cory’s Way for ALS.

We also encourage all Bridge the Gap participants to join or contribute to the Bangor walk for ALS, to be held on August 24th.

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Sponsors

Our event would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Please patronize and thank them profusely. (click logos to learn more)

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

#BridgeTHEGap • April 6, 2019

Crow Athletics is proud to host the Bridge the Gap Race, the Down East Sunrise Trail Relay, the award-winning Mount Desert Island Marathon, and the FREE Millinocket Marathon & Half.