News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in Compass, July 31, 2014
Community Race Series to run in Blue Hill

Blue Hill Memorial Hospital and the Blue Hill YMCA (a department of the Down East Family YMCA in Ellsworth) are teaming up for the upcoming race season. The two organizations are partnering to create the Blue Hill Community Race Series, according to a news release.

BHMH will hold its seventh annual Fun Run on Saturday, August 2, and the Blue Hill YMCA will hold its second annual Wilbur’s Run at the Blue Hill Fair on August 30. Money raised from the events will support wellness and fitness programming at BHMH and the Blue Hill YMCA. Registration for Wilbur’s Run includes a pass to the Blue Hill Fair.

“We are closely working together on both races, managing all race director responsibilities, volunteer recruitment, and event logistics,” said Annie Grindal, fitness instructor and manager at the Blue Hill YMCA. Grindal and co-fitness instructor and manager Joy Bragdon are training community members with a “Couch to 5K” program.

Registration for the BHMH Fun Run on August 2 begins at 7 a.m. The one-mile walk begins at 8 a.m., and the 5K run at 8:30 a.m. Registration for Wilbur’s Run on August 30 begins at 7 a.m., and the one-mile walk and 5K run begin at 8 a.m. For more information, contact BHMH Community Relations at 374-3418, the Blue Hill YMCA at 374-2248, or visit or for a registration form. Free t-shirts to those who register early!