Common Ground

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Common Ground is sponsored by MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association)

As agreed the night before, Nate rousted me at 6AM so I could push off for the race.  My departing gifts were a thermos mug of hot coffee and a water bottle (I forgot to pack one!).  We would see each other later in the week so I would be able to return everything then.  Nate was the only one up, so we bid adieu and it was off to the festival.

I consider Common Ground to be Maine’s premiere fall festival, and the last time I attended was 1994.  To sell you on planning a visit, a review is added below.  I had also run in their 5K that year, and with great remorse recalled the staggering hills over which the course had traversed: perhaps they had made it a bit more user friendly across the intervening years?  After all, everyone seems to be marketing their races as totally flat to permit realizing a PR (Personal Record).

My ribbon and program for Common Ground (I may be an old fart, but I'm a fast old fart)

Reflection should have led me to conclude that was not in the cards.  Common Ground is a supremely ‘organic’ event.  Sponsored by Maine Organic Farmer’s and Gardener’s Association (MOFGA), this granola affair tightly embraces simplicity and manual endeavor.  Evidence gathered as I approached the sign up table.  Every race I have run in the last ten years (at least) has been computerized, from laptops at registration to the timing chips affixed to your sneakers.  In a blast from the past, there was only paper and pencil on the table and no chip – you only received a bib so they could write your number down as you crossed the finish line (the way it was done back in the dark ages before wireless).

An organic affair like you never imagined.

Any hope for a fast course evaporated as we queued.  A young guy actually hoisted his bike overhead to indicate a starting line and without further ado yelled “on your mark, get set, GO!”  The gang scrambled off with nary a thought of precision time measurements dancing in our head.  It was the same course as 23 years ago, but the good news is everyone was in the same boat together – though not impressed with my time, I managed to finish first in my age group (the “old farts” category).

Afterwards a fun few hours savoring the festival before climbing back in the car and making the long drive northeast to Lubec.  The adventure continues.

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Common Ground is sponsored by MOF…
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An organic affair like you never i…
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The Common Ground 5K is not a hig…
Registration for Common Ground 5K
Registration for Common Ground 5K
Awards ceremony after the 5K
Awards ceremony after the 5K
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What's growing on here?
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A bit picky...or perhaps not?
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Lots of swell sessions on everyth…
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The border collie herding demo is…
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That rings a bell.
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