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  • Mike Griswold

Supporting Mechuwana in the Long Run (or Walk or Bike)

During these unprecedented times, we all have faced unfathomable new realities. As a result, perspective on our personal priorities and what drives our collective human spirit has been put into greater context. In light of all the challenges and the unknowns that exist in our COVID-laden world, the steadfast spirit of Mechuwana has remained committed to its mission of providing positivity, service, and sustenance to our local communities. As many of you know, Norman Thombs, our camp director, and his staff have worked tirelessly over the past few months to prepare, package, and deliver meals to families all over Central Maine. Their efforts have made a tremendous impact in providing food to thousands of people who may otherwise be without it. In order to sustain these efforts and meet increasing demands, we are asking for your help in a FUN and new way!

It is with great excitement to announce the launch of our first-ever Camp Mechu-RUN-a Virtual 5K. This new community opportunity will directly support Camp Mechuwana’s summer food program, helping to ensure that families receive meals throughout the remainder of the summer.

This 5K event can be completed on your own through any form of fitness — walking, running, biking, or any way you choose! Complete your 5K in one day or over a few — it is up to you! This virtual 5K is not timed or a competition, but, feel free to send your time and pics to us at so we can share them on our website once the event is complete.

Also, as you do your 5K, we encourage you to sport your own Mechuwana apparel such as an old staff shirt, hat, bandana, etc. When doing so, please feel free to tag us @campmechuwana. We want everyone to be able to virtually cheer you on and congratulate you on your accomplishment and support of camp!

While registration for this event opened July 1st, the 5K will officially run on Monday, July 20th and will close on Friday, August 14th, which would have been camp’s last scheduled day of the summer season. We will continue to accept registrations during this period of time. To find out more race information and how to register, please visit Please help us promote this race by sharing it through your own social networks so we can the word out as much as possible.

On behalf of the entire Mechuwana community, we sincerely appreciate your continued support of Mechuwana during these unique times. I look forward to seeing your pictures participating in this race! My family and I are ready to rock it and I know you will, too.

Ready…Set…Go...have fun & be safe!

Thanks and be well everyone,

-Mike Griswold



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