There was hope two One Community Many Voices-organized fall 5-kilometers could be in-person road races/walks, however, COVID-19 has foiled that possibility, said event director Lucas McNelly.

Instead, the "Kickoff" 5K in September and "Frightening" 5K in October will be virtual events, with money raised going to the non-profit One Community Many Voices.

The 5Ks are part of the Midcoast Race Series organized by OCMV.

"After making the 'Tax Day' 5K a virtual race [in April], we were hoping to be able to run again in person this fall, but that just isn't practical at this time," McNelly said. "We look forward to seeing everyone when this pandemic is finally over."

He said organizers of the two fall 5Ks ask people to run on their own and submit results and photos via RunSignUp.

The "Kickoff" 5K is set for Sunday, Sept. 13, which may or may not coincided with the kickoff of the National Football League season depending on the status of the pandemic at that point.

That event was to take place on 63 Union St. in Rockland. For more information, go to:

McNelly said the idea behind the race is "it is the opening weekend of football season, so we thought it might be fun to throw on your best jersey, run a 5K that ends at a sports bar, then recover by watching too much football."

The "Frightening" 5K is on Saturday, Oct. 31. That event was to take place on 161 Main St. in Thomaston and hosted by Hybrid Fitness.

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McNelly said runners and walkers should put on their "ghoul-est" costume and run a 3.1-mile distance.

The registration fee for both races is $20.

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OCMV provides gap funding through a model called: The Art of Good Fellowship — Paying it Forward One Neighbor at a Time. The model creates pathways that meet people where they are to resolve a barrier related to employment/skill building, youth aspirations, elderly independent living, transportation, or well-being as quickly as possible.

OCMV is collaborating with Hospitality House, MCH, AIO, Rockland and Waldoboro Police Departments, Youthlinks, Knox County Community Health Coalition, Trekkers, Pen Bay YMCA, and The Shields Project. OCMV is a place forthose  agencies to turn to for simple human solutions to barriers when they have no other means to help an individual that meets the criteria.

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