2018 Series Rules

The Back Cove Weekly 5k Series registration requires the same donation no matter what point of the series that registration takes place. All proceeds go to Portland Trails.

Registration is on line only. (Click here to register.) Prior to your first race, you can pick your number up at the Back Cove before the start of the race.

Due to city requirements, we may only have 250 participants in each Wednesday Back Cove 5k. Registered runners will be required to check-in on line each week. Check-in begins on Saturday at 8:00 am and continues until Wednesday at 2:00 pm or until capacity reaches 250, whichever comes first. Check in will be closed at that time. See below for directions on the check-in process.

Please note, if you do not plan on running, please do not check in! If you run in the weekly Back Cove without checking in, you risk having the event cancelled. Please respect this request and don’t run if you are not checked in!

The entire series is treated as one event. Once you register, and pick up your race number, keep your WBCS number and visibly wear it. Your race number is how we identify you.

Please keep your WBCS race # for the entire Summer series!

10 WBCS tech tees will be randomly given to 5 women and 5 men as they finish each week.

Global Running Day - June 6th is Global Running Day! All Fleet Feet Sports stores across the country are holding 5K races, called the Big Run. We have paired our June 6th Back Cove Race with the Big Run, sponsored by Brooks! Every participant in the Back Cove Series on that day will receive a shirt if they stop by the store and show their bib, post race! Not only will there be t-shirts for the June 6th Back Cove participants, but we will be having a party immediately following the race from 6:30 to 7:30 to celebrate running! All of this will be happening in the Portland Store, exclusively.

4th of July - There will be no race on July 4th this year.


Grand Prix Series – open male/female top 6 times with lowest cumulative time receives 2 pairs of running shoes courtesy of Fleet Feet Sports Maine Running!

Age Group Awards - Age group winners based on top 6 times with lowest cumulative time receives a $50 Fleet Feet Sports Maine Running certificate. Age is determined on the date of the last race of the season, and the categories are:

  • 19 and under
  • 20-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • 60-69
  • 70 and over

Maine Track Club Running Community Spirit Award – will be awarded to a participating individual or individuals who represent the “Community Spirit” of the Back Cove Series for commitment, improvement, determination and dedication to the event!

Results will be posted in the Press Herald, on Cool Running, and here at the website.

For more information call Fleet Feet Sports Maine Running Company at 207-773-6601 or go to backcove.runtowin.com.


Check-In Process

The maximum number of runners each week is 250. So far, 171 runners have checked in for the next race.

To Check-In, click on the link to your individual race results which should have been emailed to you when you registered. You can also check the complete runners list and click on your name there in to reach that page.

Once there, you will see a list of all of this year's races. Each week, the next race will have a button next to it that will look like one of the following:

  • Check-In Not Yet Open...
    This button means that the check-in process for the next race has not yet started. Check back on Saturday morning at 8:00 to check-in.
  • Click to Check-In...
    This button means that check-in has opened for this week and there are spots available. Click this button in order to check-in. If check-in is successful, the button will change to:
  • You are checked in!
    This button means that you have checked in for the week and can come to the next race.
  • Race Limit Reached!
    This button means that you missed the check-in period, either because our race capacity for the week has been reached or because it is after 2:00 in the afternoon on the day of the race.

Please remember that the city is limiting our number of participants each week and if you don't check-in but race anyway we may have to cancel the series. Please only come to the race if you have successfully checked-in. Thank you!

And don't forget that 10 lucky runners (5 men and 5 women) will win a free shirt each week! (Chosen randomly at the finish line.)

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