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Maine Distance Festival To Be Held at Bowdoin's Whittier Field

Story posted June 23, 2000

The New Balance Maine Distance Festival will take place Saturday, July 1 at 5:15 pm at the Bowdoin College track.

The Maine Distance Festival was started in 1994 to provide Olympians, All Americans, and national champions an opportunity to compete in the United States. In the last two years spectators have witnessed two American records for women. ESPN will once again be covering the festival. All proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics.

In the July issue of Runnerís World, Regina Jacobs, American record holder at 1000 and 5000 meters, writes about her favorite track stadium:

"It has to be Bowdoin Collegeís Whittier Field in Brunswick, Maineóand not just because I set American records both times I ran there. The track itself has seen better days, but the stadium and enthusiastic crowd make up for it.

"Whittier Field is so picturesque, with big evergreen trees on the back straight and an old wooden grandstand straight out of the movies. It was used in the Mel Gibson film, The Man Without a Face. The seats go right down to the track, which is only six lanes wide, and on the curves the people stand right next to the outside lane. So the crowd is right on you and the fans are intense.

"At the New Balance Maine Distance Classic when I set the records, there was a spirit in the stands thatís impossible to describe, but I could really feel it. It gives me chills to run there."

Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students. Call (207) 751-0959, or visit www.curtislibrary.com/mainedistance.

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