Message From the Sub 5 President

Dear Sub5 Club Members:

In the midst of the fall running season we that you are enjoying some of the best running weather of the year.

The Sub 5 Track Club would like to announce the Veterans Benefit Virtual 5k Nov. 4-18. Proceeds from the race benefit the Bangor Veterans’ Home. We’ve created a basic event for our first virtual race and kept it inexpensive (under $15) in hopes of lots of participation to support a good cause.

While we haven’t been able to gather for races, weekly group runs have continued this summer after a brief hiatus. Thank you to Dave Farrar who has promoted the gatherings via the Facebook page while also encouraging social distancing and other CDC guidelines during the runs. The runs will continue as CDC guidelines allow, meeting weekly in Bangor at 5:30 on the waterfront near the Seadog. Kudos also to Deedra Dapice for her “On-Your-Own” track workouts posted this summer on the Facebook page.

With nearly every Tradewinds Sub 5 Race Series canceled we will be unable to generate standings and awards this year. We hope to return to series races soon.

We will soon be setting up membership renewals this winter. Don’t forget your club discounts still work during the pandemic, and a discount on a pair of new shoes covers the cost of your membership!

For Sub5,
Joe Roberts

Ralph K. Thomas 8K Canceled

12th Annual Ralph K. Thomas 8K Run / 2.5 Mile Walk


INDIAN ISLAND, ME – Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the 2020 Ralph K Thomas Race/Walk has been canceled. This was a very tough decision to arrive at, however it was made based on the health and safety of not only the Penobscot Nation community but also the participants of the event.

The RKT race committee appreciates the support that the race has experienced over the past decade or more and look forward to many more years of racing ahead.

Stay Healthy and Safe and together we will get through this.

Gilmore Awarded Sub 5 Scholarship

The Sub 5 Track Club is pleased to announce that Lydia Gilmore, a 2020 graduate of Bangor High School, has been chosen as the recipient of the club’s annual college scholarship in the amount of $1500. Lydia was a standout distance runner for the Ram’s cross country and track programs and will take her talents to the University of Maine where she will run for the Black Bears. Gilmore’s senior cross country season was outstanding as she was the individual champion in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference and Northern Maine Regional championship meets. She went on to run a strong Class A State Meet where she finished a career best 5th and then competed in the New England Interscholastic Championship Meet at Manchester, CT where she finished 38th (5th Maine finisher).

Gilmore also had success on the oval during the indoor track season. This past winter, Lydia set personal best marks of 5:26.74 for the mile run and 11:32.24 for the 2 mile run. Her season ended in exciting fashion as her points in the 3200m relay and the individual 2 mile run helped the Ram girls win the Class A State Championship by 1 point over Gorham High School.

In her scholarship application, Lydia wrote the following: “Running is a simple sport: traversing a distance in the quickest possible time. What’s surprising is how complicated it becomes the better you try to do it. There’s no shortcut, no special trick, or easy way out of a race besides straight ahead and, resultantly, it trains more than just your muscles, but also your discipline, willpower, and patience. Thanks to my running coach, Roger Huber, I’ve come to realise just what a powerful teaching tool running is. Running has given me the most difficult physical and mental challenges of my life and, in return, it’s been the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. Throughout my high school runnng career, I have overcome mental and physical obstacles, developed impenetrable willpower and determination, and grown in depth as a person. Furthermore, being a part of the running community means sharing pride in this great sport. This passion and enthusiasm drives me to continue running.”

Gilmore will study mechanical engineering at the University of Maine. She is the daughter of Virginia and Michael Gilmore of Bangor.

The Sub 5 Track Club of Brewer/Bangor is one of the largest and most active running clubs in Maine. The club’s college scholarship aims to recognize the area’s most talented student-athletes and to encourage them to continue their competitive careers at the collegiate level and beyond.

Sub 5 Banquet – January 18, 2020

The Sub 5 Annual Awards banquet is on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Bangor Conference Center on Hogan Road in Bangor.  The doors open at 5:30.  Join your friends for a fun night that celebrates running and racing in central Maine, with the Sub5 Series winners and special awards as well as chances to win entrance into future races with Sub5 raffles! Cost of the banquet is $25 for adults, and $15 for those 12 years and under. The cost increases to $30 after Jan. 7. Reservations can be mailed to the Sub5 Track Club PO Box 63, Brewer, Maine 04412 or completed online at:

Renew Your Membership for 2020!

Sub5 membership renewal for 2020 is now open online. Membership applications can still be downloaded from Remember membership benefits include discounts to local businesses, track workouts, and free entry into the Walter Hunt 3K.

Sub 5 Track Workouts Begin May 29

Sub 5 Summer Track Workouts will be held every Wednesday at 6 PM and will begin on May 29 at the Brewer Track behind the Brewer Community School. Sub 5 Track Club membership is required. Membership forms are available at, and if you so choose, you may register for membership online. Paper membership forms will also be available at the track Wednesday evening.  Workouts will continue through the last week of August.

Welcome From The President

Welcome to the webpage! As the new club president, I’m pleased to join a hard-working volunteer organization with an experienced and tireless board. We hope to continue to nurture the running community in Eastern Maine.
The club sponsors local road races as well as the Sub 5/Tradewinds MarketPlace Road Race Series, organizes group runs, and awards scholarships for local high school students. Please join us for a group run on Monday nights at 5:30 starting by the Sea Dog Restaurant in downtown Bangor. 
Follow the club on this website as well as Facebook for information about local races or local high school results. 
While many Sub 5 “services” are free, please consider joining the club with a membership.  Membership benefits include discounts to local businesses as well as free entry into the Walter Hunt July 4 race sponsored by Sub 5. Proceeds from memberships help pay for the scholarships and the annual awards banquet.
Perhaps the greatest feature of Sub 5 is the network it provides. Be it encouragement for your next run or receiving all the friendly tips from runners who have been there before. We love celebrating everyone’s weekend run on Monday nights or asking when your next race is. There’s also conversation about workout plans, injuries and equipment. Joining a Monday night run, or attending a summer track workout are great places to not only have fun running, but also hear what everyone is doing to maintain their fitness. Better yet, a group activity is perfect for staying motivated. Thanks for checking out Sub 5 and see you on the run.
Joe Roberts
Sub 5 President

2019 Sub 5 Annual Awards Banquet

The Sub 5 Annual Awards banquet is on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at the Sea Dog on Front Street in Bangor.  Social hour starts at 5pm.  Join your friends for a fun night that celebrates running and racing in central Maine, with the Sub5 quiz show, Sub5 band, a special speaker, and series and special awards.

October 2018 Newsletter

You can read the latest issue of our club newsletter at this link.

Sub 5 / Tradewinds Market Race Series Banquet – 1/20/18

Join us for the 2017 Sub 5 Track Club/ Tradewinds Road Race Series Awards Banquet

January 20, 2018 5:00 p.m.

Sea Dog Banquet Center

Bangor, Maine

Celebrate the races and achievements of the

2017 year. Race series awards and special awards will be awarded. The Sub 5 Band, Sub 5 Quiz and race series raffle are also back by popular demand.

Social with appetizers and beverages begins at 5pm, dinner begins at about 615pm.