Do you remember the name Edmund Muskie? He was a U.S. Senator from Maine, and in addition to being someone we all thought made a lot of sense, he was a major player in the writing and passing of the 1970 Clean Air Act Extension, so much that a lot of people referred to it as the “Muskie Act.” Next Saturday, December 31, is the 46th anniversary of President Richard Nixon signing that act into law.
It is also the date of the National Resource Council of Maine’s Polar Bear Dip & Dash, a 5K race around Back Cove and frigid-water splash to benefit the NRCM’s environmental work, in exactly the vein Muskie’s legislation was meant. Day-of registration for the event (online at https://friendraising2.donorpro.com/campaigns/217/register) will open at 9:30 a.m. at the Back Cove parking lot for the 5K. The race will start at 11 a.m., and the dip will be at noon at East End Beach. A shuttle will return participants to their cars. The fee is $35, and friends and family can pledge to help you reach prize-winning fundraising goals.
Fellow climate-change-fighters are likely to include athletes dressed as polar bears, penguins, or other cold-climate creatures. Expect the unexpected. But if you’re concerned about the melting icecaps and the results of it we are already seeing (if not blinded by conspiracy theories about liberal brainwashing), put on your crampons and run. And rest assured, the race itself is 100 percent environmentally conscious, with the following green features:
• Reduction of paper waste (all pre-registration is online)
• Recycle bins available at event
• Running shoes recycling available at event by business sponsor Lamey Wellehan
• All day-of event registration and waivers on 100% recycled paper
• Runner's bags are reusable, organic totes
• Cups at event are corn-based and compostable
• No single-use disposable plastic bottles, fundraising prize of re-usable water bottles, made in the USA, provided by Media sponsor WCLZ
• Signage is made of reusable, recyclable, biodegradable material
• Finisher medals made created by a Maine potter
• All unused food (from Trader Joes and Coffee By Design) is donated to the Preble Street Resource Center
• Top place finishers and top fundraisers receive prizes from local, responsible businesses
So you can run, swim, or both, and join in the fight against global warming emissions. Be bold in the cold.