ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Almost 600 people from over 25 different states and Canada came together Sunday to run the second annual Black Bear Marathon at the University of Maine.
The runners had a choice of the full marathon, half marathon, or a 10K.
There were several places for runners to get water while being cheered-on along the way, some included live music.
All proceeds from the race benefited the Black Bear Exchange food pantry and clothing exchange as well as the Student Wellness Resource Center substance abuse prevention services and recovery program.
One thing that made the runners very happy was the mild weather - especially compared to last year's torrential downpours.
UMaine employee, Milo resident, and half marathon runner Rico Portalatin said he loved the experience of running the race at the university. “It was really good. I mean, it was inspiring.” He noted the cheer stations along the way. “There was a lot of energy out on the course, and you need all the energy you can get when you're out there running.”
Second time half marathon winner Mary Pardi agreed about the turnout and support. “It was great. I thought there was a lot of support for a small race. It was nice, and a lot of community came out. More so than last year, because no one wants to come out in the rain. But it was great.”
Race organizers said that they expect the race to grow much more every year, based on the turnout Sunday.