BANGOR – The 12th Rabbit Run was a five and a half mile race through the Bangor City Forest.
“It’s one of Bangor’s best kept secrets,” said Brad Ryder, the race’s organizer, referring to the Bangor City Forest. Money raised through race registration and other donations will go to the Orono Bog Boardwalk , which is in close proximity to the route runners took Sunday morning.
The Rabbit Run, named because of its use of the Rabbit Trail and because it happens close to Easter, chooses a different local cause to donate to every year. At the start of the race they had raised $1,000 to donate to the boardwalk’s repairs.
“We spend a lot of time in the summers out in the land trust and in the Bangor City Forest,” said runner Travis York.
He came out with his young son for their first race. The run went right by their house.
“We saw it last year and we saw all the people on the road,” said York. “We’re really excited about actually doing it this year.”
This year’s run also featured a pirate mascot. A friend of Ryder’s, “Captain Jack Lash Lanigan” (known as Kip Nelson when not in costume) was in charge of firing a canon to signal the start of the race.
“I’ve used a blast or yell and he’s going to outdo that,” said Ryder while laughing. Ryder is also the owner of “Epic Sports”, a store in downtown Bangor that sponsors the race.
The bog boardwalk opens Tuesday, so runners and pirates alike said they’re glad their donations are going to something that can soon be enjoyed by everyone.
“It’s such a beautiful spot out here and the boardwalk is amazing and it’s a lovely way to get out and about,” said Captain Lanigan.
“Being outside is always a good thing,” said Ryder. “You don’t have to be an athlete or a runner. Just get out and enjoy the outdoors.”