Participating in the Virtual 5K

The Virtual Kennebunk Free Library 25th Edition 5K opens on June 27. You can run the race on any 5K course - including our new in-person course! - anytime before the end of the day on July 7. 

To enter to win a creative prize, email us your photo by July 7. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
  • Most Creative Finish Line
  • Best 5K Selfie
  • Best Coordinated Pet Costume
  • Most Scenic Course
  • Most Esoteric Literary Costume or Finish Line
  • Participant from the Furthest Location
You can also record your time for bragging rights and print a participation certificate, all through the Race Roster site. Instructions are available here

25th Edition Kennebunk Free Library 5K - 2022

In Person Friday, July 8 & Virtual June 27 - July 7

Registration is now open, go to https://www.kennebunklibrary.org/roadraceregister.asp
Addition details are below!
 

25th Edition Details

Friday, July 8


Starting this year, for the 25th Anniversary of our 5K fundraiser, Kennebunk Free Library has a new course. Over the years, our event has grown which has required us to grow with it and for many reasons, safety foremost, we needed to make some alterations.
 
THE COURSE
Through Local Roads…
The course will now start in the parking lot of Kennebunk Free Library, turning right down Fletcher Street, turning right onto Oakwood Lane, left onto Colonial Drive, right bend onto Woodhaven Drive, left onto Rosewood Circle doing the loop. Turn left back onto Woodhaven Drive and look for volunteers and signage shortly on the right for the trail for Hope Cemetery & Woods.

Then into the woods…
From here proceed onto the Black Trail, follow the left path of the Universally Accessible Trail (Green with Yellow border) before emerging at the kiosk. The next stretch follows the access road until reaching the perimeter of the cemetery, follow counterclockwise on the outer edge until reaching the Yellow Trail on the right. Note: When you come out of the woods the surface is loose gravel; we encourage participants to mind their footing.

And back to Kennebunk Free Library…
Follow the Yellow Trail for a short distance back to Fletcher Street, turn left and retrace steps back to the Library.

Parking Lot
The race will start and end in the Kennebunk Free Library parking lot. At the start of the race, participants will loop around the parking lot counterclockwise before turning onto Fletcher. At the conclusion of the race, participants will enter the parking lot the same way they exited and proceed clockwise. Participants will be asked to hug the outer edge. This will be marked with cones and tape.

*Please note. NO PARKING will be permitted in the Kennebunk Free Library parking lot from 4-8 p.m. on race day with the exception of library patrons that will be leaving the parking lot when we close at 5:00.*

Race Lineup
Because the race will be starting in the parking lot of the Library, participants won’t be able to stretch across the starting line as widely as they have in the past. We ask that participants line up based on their mile pace. For example, if someone typically runs their mile in six minutes, they would line up ahead of the people whose pace is a seven-minute mile. If people are participating just for fun or are walking and not concerned about their time, please line up toward the back. Due to the volume of participants, the starting crowd will extend on Fletcher. Please stay off of the road until directed to move. The police will be closing the road down a few minutes prior to the starting gun so there will be time to get situated. New this year, we will have a starting mat, which means that your personal time for the race will start only once you cross the starting line. This means that if you want to compete for the best time for your age group but for some reason get stuck behind a group of people, you can spread yourself out to cross the start line as soon as you feel you have an opening to allow yourself to move freely and still be able to compete.
 
SAFETY

Stay right and watch for traffic…
Participants are asked to stay to the right, use sidewalks (when the sidewalks are on the right side of the road), and proceed single file as much as possible. We recognize this won’t always be possible but please remember these are still active streets with busy intersections. Officers and volunteers will be available at key locations. Please follow their directions and instructions. It will be helpful to study the course prior to your participation.

Hydration
There is one water stop along the course. Please plan your hydration appropriately and bring a bottle along if needed. Bottled water will be available at the Library prior to and after the course including at the finish line.

Street and Ground Conditions
The conditions of the ground along the course will vary. While on the street please watch for potholes and drainage locations. There are very minor variations in elevation that could prove challenging for those expecting flat ground. Along the trail, participants will experience primarily packed ground (dirt, rocks, vegetation) with occasional roots, small puddles, and loose rocks or stones.

Residents/Drivers
The westbound lane of Fletcher from Main Street to the roundabout will close down five minutes prior (5:55) to the start of the race and remain closed until approximately 6:10. The westbound lane of Fletcher from Mechanic Street to Main Street will then close from approximately 6:15 to 6:30. Left turns from Mechanic Street onto Fletcher will not be allowed. Times are subject to change. Drivers, please drive slowly and cautiously. You may come across a grouping of participants and we ask that you wait the few minutes or moments to allow them to pass. Residents, similarly, you may have to wait a few moments while a grouping of participants passes if you wish to leave or return to your homes. However, we hope all of you choose to join us either as a participant yourself, as a volunteer, or for the after party at the Library. You are also encouraged to set up on your lawn or driveway to cheer the participants on.
 
THE PARTY
Food
Federal Jack's is providing grab-and-go snack bags including a dessert. Cummings' Market is providing fruit and Hannaford is providing bottled water. Food is free for participants and $5.00 for everyone else. Cash only.
 
Beer Garden
Federal Jack's will provide a selection of beers on-tap for $6.00 each. Cash only.
 
Music
Music provided by the Kennebunk River Band.
 
Online Auction and Raffles
Details Coming Soon
 
GET INVOLVED
Participants
We’ve seen participants finish the race between 15 minutes and an hour and 15 minutes. Some run, some walk, and some enjoy being pushed in a stroller. All abilities and ages are welcome.

Volunteers
The KFL 5K is an event that requires several dozen volunteers. Please reach out to KFL if you have an interest in volunteering.
 
THANK YOU
Partnership
We are immensely grateful for our partnership with our neighbors, Hope Cemetery & Woods and the Friends of Hope Cemetery & Woods. This land is truly a treasure of the community. In 2017 Hope Woods was protected by a conservation easement held by Kennebunk Land Trust. A few years later a trail system including a Universally Accessible Trail and accessible parking was added. KFL is now proud to have a portion of our new course go through this beautiful landscape.

Sponsors
The 25th Edition KFL 5K is first and foremost a fundraiser and we want to draw attention to all of the amazing organizations that contribute to making it such a success. Please visit our website view our sponsors and make sure to bid on items in our online auction July 1 – July 11.
 
MORE DETAILS
Packet Pickup
Participants will have the opportunity to pick up their bib and goodie bag (if among the first 200 to register) before the race from June 21-25 at the Library. After that, participants will be able to pick up their items on race day, July 8, starting at 4:00 p.m.

Rain or Shine Event
We are a rain or shine event. In the event of lightning or severe conditions, we will first attempt to post a delayed start time. In the event that severe conditions continue the race may be canceled. In this event, as this is a fundraiser, unfortunately no refunds will be issued. Luckily this has never happened!

Parking
We recognize that parking is always difficult and will be even more so with using the KFL parking to host the start and finish line. Please plan ahead and leave time to find parking and arrive at the Library to pick up your bib and get to the start line. You may park in municipal lots as well as in the Kennebunk Savings Bank lot once they are closed for the day. 

*Please note. NO PARKING will be permitted in the Kennebunk Free Library parking lot from 4-8 p.m. on race day with the exception of library patrons that will be leaving the parking lot when we close at 5:00.*

24th Edition Road Race Results


In-Person Results are available here.
Virtual Race Results are available here