The Luv Me 5-Kilometer Road Race will take off Sunday, Feb. 13 from the Penobscot Bay YMCA — the day before the special day.

The second running of the event will include a 9 a.m. start for runners and 8:45 a.m. start for walkers. The Penobscot YMCA is located at 116 Union Street. The race benefits the Little Field Home; their website can be found at

Race registration will take place beginning at 7:45 a.m. at the YMCA.

Preregistration is $15 for individuals, $25 for couples, $35 for a family of three with $10 for each additional family member. Teams of six or more are eligible for $10 per participant donation. Sign-up a team by Thursday, Feb. 10 by e-mailing for information.

Race day registration will be $18 for individuals, $30 for couples and $40 for a family (plus $10 for extra family members).

All checks are tax deductible and should be made payable to: Little Field Home. To preregister send or drop off: LUV Me 5K, c/o Reade Brower, Free Press, 8 North Street No. 301, Rockland, ME 04841.

On-line registration also is available at

The Set the Pace 5K on Jan. 1 attracted 148 runners and walkers and kicked off 2011 as the year of good fitness, said Reade Brower, one of the event’s organizers.

“The LUV Me 5K course is a beautiful run with rolling hills starting near the Penobscot Bay YMCA and following the Rockport coastline past the belted Galloway cows before looping back to the YMCA past the library and post office.”

Walkers and runners of all abilities are invited to participate, Brower said.

“A great way to welcome in Valentine’s Day is to walk or run with your honey,” Brower said. “Or, if you want to compete, enter the Couple’s Challenge with the prize for fastest couple being both bragging rights and a dinner for two at a nice local restaurant.”

“Of course, we love it when you come in costume; this race promises to honor the cupid or devil in you,” he said.

Little Field Home runner and YMCA fitness director Sandy Bodamer will host the event with other Little Field Home runners Allison Leonard, Russ Wolfertz, Andrew Bonarrigo, Troy Peasley, Mariah Lussier, Sue Craft, Chad Ridge, Elizabeth Stanley, Ben Sawyer and Brower, who will all be on hand to run or cheer others to the finish.

About 20 “Team Little Field Home” runners will head to Nashville April 30 to run in The Nashville Country Music Marathon or half-marathon. Last year, 14 runners ran the Mardi Gras Marathon and half-marathon and raised more than $30,000 collectively, which went to educate and support the orphaned population in Malawi. Little Field Home founder is Janet Littlefield, a Union native.

The Luv Me 5K is the second of four Midcoast race series; the next one will be the Lucky Leprechaun 5K in mid-March in Rockland.

If one is interested in becoming a Little Field Home Runner or volunteering for future events, e-mail Brower at Also call Brower at 691-3510

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