Children taking part in the 2019 Bowdoinham 5k Chicken Run & One Mile Fun Run. Photo credit: Sarah Gagnon

Bowdoinham Community School is holding its 5k Chicken Run and Mile Fun Run for the first time in two years to raise money for pupil enrichment activities.

The event is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on May 7.

“Money raised by the Chicken Run supports enrichment activities that are not supported by taxpayer dollars,” said Sally Cluchey, volunteer run director and parent at the school. “This includes the infrastructure and equipment for our outdoor kindergarten classes, our theater program, the arrival of musicians, artists or authors to spend a whole day at school, excursions outside site and equipment to support niche science programs.”

Offsite field trips were not possible during the pandemic, including the annual fifth-grade trip to Boston, she said.

In 2019, the 5k Chicken Run raised $7,400. Volunteers hope to raise $12,000 this year, Cluchey said.

“We haven’t reached the goal yet, but we’re very close,” she said.

In 2021, the Chicken Run was canceled at the last minute by a sudden increase in COVID cases. With 500 attendees, volunteers felt it was too risky to continue with the event.

“At that time, the Delta variant was really picking up speed in Maine and we were worried about potentially hosting a superspreader event. Also, the community school children were not yet eligible to be vaccinated,” Cluchey said.

“We anticipated that by the spring of 2022, most people and school-aged children who wanted to be vaccinated would be able to do so, and thus the risk of community spread and serious illness would be significantly reduced.”

The race is coordinated by a Freeport-based company, Run in a Race, LLC. Founder, Brian Berkemeyer is Freeport High School’s track and field coach. According to its website, “Our goal as a company is to provide timing and consulting services for a wide variety of events that promote physical fitness and community spirit.”

“The Kids’ One Mile Fun Run will be a round trip between Bowdoinham Community School and the fire station. It will be timed and the children will cross the finish line to music and their names will be announced on the microphone. It’s a great time and your kids are going to love it,” she said. “The prizes for the age group winners for the 5K are half a dozen organic eggs from Apple Creek Farm. Prizes for the top three in each category are a huge box of produce from Bowdoinham Farmers Market and sourdough bread from Counterpoint Bread.

For more information or to register, visit runinarace.com/BowdoinhamCommunitySchool/index.html