Inaugural Run the Ridge Trail Race this weekend

The Downtown Westbrook Coalition is hosting the first Run the Ridge race on Saturday, Oct. 14.

WESTBROOK — The Downtown Westbrook Coalition is hosting its first race this weekend.

The first ever Run the Ridge Trail Race will be held Saturday, Oct. 14 at Sunset Ridge Golf on Cumberland Street in Westbrook. All participants who are at least 21 years old will receive a free beer after the race.

Participants can register online for $30 with all proceeds going to the Downtown Coalition. They can also register in person on Oct. 12 from 4:30-7 p.m. at the packet pick-up event at Stockhouse Restaurant, 506 Main St.

There will be three different types of races on Saturday: a canicross 5K in which the runner’s dog runs alongside them, a regular 5K, and a 10K. A running path has been created for the race along the golf course’s trails and the 10K race will be two loops of the race course.

The canicross race is scheduled to start at 9 a.m., the 10K will start at 9:30 a.m., and the 5K will start at 10 a.m. RaceWire will professionally time the race and an awards ceremony will take place at 12 p.m. The top three male and female finishers in the 5K and 10K will receive gift cards to Fleet Feet Sports. The awards for the canicross race hadn’t been announced as of Tuesday.

For the canicross race, all dogs must wear harnesses and cannot be viscious or aggressive. Each runner can only run with one dog and the leash can be attached to a belt or held by hand.

Additional events will take place on raceday, including a yoga workshop at 10 a.m. The free clinic will be hosted by Westbrook’s Bodhi Shop. Throughout the day there will be games to play, including corn hole and volleyball. There will also be a tie-dye shirt station.

The Downtown Westbrook Coalition will also hold a raffle. Each participant will receive a ticket and non-participants can purchase tickets. Those wishing to donate raffle baskets can contact the Downtown Coalition.

Kate Gardner can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter: @katevgardner.

The Downtown Westbrook Coalition is hosting the first Run the Ridge race on Saturday, Oct. 14.