2021 Step Forward 5K Challenge

Sat July 31, 2021 Old Town, ME 04468 US Directions
576 Stillwater Avenue
Old Town, ME US 04468

WHEN: Saturday July 31st (8:15am Race Start)

WHERE: Old Town Elementary School, 576 Stillwater Avenue, Old Town, ME 04468

Prizes to be awarded to the top 2 of each age division. The following age divisions are in place:

14 and Under, 15-19, 20-25, 26-30, 31-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

The Courageous Steps Project’s Step Forward 5K Challenge promotes the importance of stepping forward, even if the obstacle is not clearly noticed. So, why haven’t you taken that first Step Forward?

All proceeds from our 5K Challenge will benefit the Courageous Steps Project’s Step Forward Initiative which awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors in Eastern Maine, and provides mentorship opportunities to children in grades 4-12 through collaborating with schools and other local organizations.

Have questions? Please contact our race director Connor Archer at: connor@thecourageousstepsproject.org

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About Step Forward

Overview: The Courageous Steps Project’s Step Forward initiative was launched in January of 2018 at the Courageous Steps Project’s 2nd annual dinner. The initiative aims to help provide mentorship opportunities to middle school and high school students (those in grades 4-12) while collaborating with community organizations to help their causes as well. The Step Forward initiative is lead by an advisory team of passionate volunteers that are dedicated to helping children with challenges in grades 4-12.

Community Engagement with Step Forward: Community Engagement through the Courageous Steps Project’s Step Forward initiative includes the development of new mentorship opportunities for middle school and high school students. These mentorship opportunities through our events, and through other community engagement activities will guide children and young adults with developmental challenges to an independent adulthood. 

Collaboration: As an organization, we believe that collaboration is key to success for the overall mission and sustainability of an initiative. The Step Forward Initiative is continuing to collaborate with schools, and other businesses/community organizations to create a program that impacts the most people that are served. The Step Forward Initiative will use collaboration to:

- help children in grades 4-12 and young adults in college living with intellectual/developmental disabilities find their way towards a successful career and life;

- establish community events that enhance the opportunities of inclusiveness with children and young adults living with intellectual/developmental disabilities; and 

- create a long-term sustainable plan for all individuals involved in the Step Forward initiative.

With these collaboration goals in place, we will be able to carry the Courageous Steps Step Forward initiative forward by hosting several community forum/discussion events with collaboration of other organizations/schools. 

Long-Term Sustainability: The Step Forward initiative is continuing to form an advisory team that will stay informed on the happenings with The Courageous Steps Project’s Step Forward initiative. This will allow the Courageous Steps Project’s Step Forward initiative to impact more organizations that support children in grades 4-12 through mentorship programs. All interested members on being apart of the advisory team, should contact Connor Archer at: connor.archer@thecourageousstepsproject.org. 

Commitment will be anywhere from 1-2 meetings annually with involvement at Step Forward community events and fundraising events. The Step Forward team will also help make connections with other surrounding schools and collaborating organizations. 

Scholarship Fund: The Courageous Steps Project’s Step Forward Scholarship Fund is open to any high school senior in Eastern Maine that has a significant challenge (does not have to be a developmental challenge). All they have to do is visit our website at: www.thecourageousstepsproject.org, and visit the Step Forward section under programs. An online scholarship application will have to be completed by the deadline. All scholarship recipients will be announced in June at their class/scholarship nights. 

More Information: Please contact Connor Archer for more information at: connor.archer@thecourageousstepsproject.org. This initiative is funded by separate fundraising of The Courageous Steps Project, Courageous Steps Step Forward wristbands/t-shirts, speaking engagements, and generous donations from those caring about the impact of the Courageous Steps Step Forward initiative. 

Race Information

T-shirts: The first 50 participants will receive a t-shirt for this event. 

Water: Water will be available at the start/finish of the 5K race. Please grab a drink before your 5K run and after. 

Event-Day Registration: Registration will take place at Old Town Elementary School by the front entrance with the race beginning on the dirt road leading onto the UMaine Bike Path. 

Pre-Registration: Pre-registration for this race is highly encouraged and recommended to save you time the day of. 

The winner of each age division will receive a medal (divisions determined this Spring, and will be announced on our Facebook page). 


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