Affiliated Organizations

Challenger 5K Space Race

and Open House

March 31, 2018

Challenger invites you to launch into the spring running season with the 2nd Annual Challenger 5K Space Race on Saturday, March, 31! This fun event will raise funds in suppport of the Challenger Learning Center’s mission to inspire STEM learning and career aspirations for Maine students. Gather your family and friends for a fun day in Bangor!

Photos by Jeff Kirlin

Race Schedule:

Saturday Morning, March 31, 2018

8:00-9:30: Race bib/packet pick-up & race-day registration accepted

10:15: 5k Race begins

11:15 ish: Awards

Race Course:

The race will be held at the Challenger Learning Center of Maine.

Address: 30 Venture Way, Bangor, ME 04401

For best directions, click here

From Challenger’s parking lot, runners will proceed up a hill on Venture way, turn onto Texas Ave and loop back after reaching the MPBN parking lot.  This loop will be completed twice, ending at Challenger.

Race Registration:

Pre-Registration Prices-

$30/runner, age 15 and older [pre-registration price ends Wed., March 28. 2018 at 9:00 PM]

$20/runner, youth to age 14 as of race day [pre-registration price ends Wed., March 28. 2018 at 9:00 PM]

kids 3 & under, free

Day of Registration Prices–

$40/runner any age [race-day registration price, Sat., March 31, 2018 from 8:00-9:30 AM]

kids 3 & under, free


Free Challenger 5K space race t-shirt to the first 30 registrants.

Race registration includes race bib, participation medallion, and NASA swag bag.

Challenger t-shirts and water bottles will be available for purchase on the day of the event.


Top overall male / female finisher

1st place for each age category, male & female

Categories [15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+]

Random prize drawings for youth 4 years to age 14

Photo by Jeff Kirlin


Pre-registration race bib & packet pick up:

Runners are encouraged to pick up race bibs and packets early.  Dates/times available for early pick up at the Challenger Learning Center:

Thurs., March 29th: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, 5:00-6:00 PM

Fri., March 30th: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, 5:00-6:00 PM


Photo by Jeff Kirlin

Race Requirements:

A race bib is required to run the race.  No dogs allowed.  Strollers are allowed. Race officials have the right to disqualify or remove from the course any participant whose activity violates any condition set forth or who poses any harm to himself/herself or any other participant.  All runners are required to complete and submit a race waiver before participation.  Completed waivers will be collected during bib/packet pick up.  If a third party is picking up bibs, they must come with your completed waiver.

Race Waiver: click here

Open House:

Challenger will be holding an open house before and during the race.  Take a tour of our mission control, transporter and space lab simulators.  Visit our gift shop and find out about upcoming camps at our camp discovery booth.  Your kids can also enjoy our LEGO build station while waiting for you to complete your race!  Don’t miss out on this great chance to find out more about the Challenger Learning Center!


 Photo by Jeff Kirlin

5K space race registration

5K space race youth registration


Photos by Jeff Kirlin

2018 5K flyer: click here

Like our 5K space race FB page for updates, click here

Sponsorship: Special opportunities exist for your business/organization become a sponsor for the 5K Space Race? Click here to register as a race sponsor.

2017 Results:

Use the links below to 2017 race results and pictures

2017 time results

2017 age group results

Challenger’s FB page 2017 5K photo album

Challenger 5K 2017 finish line video

Photos by Jeff Kirlin

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