7th Annual Ocean Commotion 5K & 5K Every Day Virtual Challenge


Event Details

  • 5K Race
  • When: October 9
  • Location: 5K Race Hermit Island Campground
  • Registration Fee: $25

  • 5K Every Day Virtual Challenge
  • When: October 3 – 9
  • Location: Roads, trails, and bodies of water near you!
  • Registration Fee: $10

5K Ocean Commotion Race at Hermit Island Campground

Note: If you'd like to support marine mammal conservation, but prefer a virtual experience due to COVID concerns, the 5K Every Day Virtual Challenge is a great option! Scroll down for details.

Marine Mammals of Maine (MMoME) invites you and your friendly four-legged running companions to the 7th Annual Ocean Commotion 5K Race! This scenic 5K benefits Marine Mammals of Maine and its work educating about and providing response, assistance, and care to stranded marine mammals and sea turtles in southern and midcoast Maine.

Unlike many race courses, ours is appropriate for participants of all fitness levels and takes runners, joggers, walkers, and their canine companions along trails by the ocean, offering stunning coastal scenery and freedom from traffic noise. The timed heats are professionally chip timed, and prizes will be awarded to the top three male, female, and canine finishers.

You can further support MMoME's work by purchasing official tech gear to commemorate the event, purchasing raffle tickets, making a donation, or starting a fundraiser to recruit your friends' and family's support of marine mammal and sea turtle conservation efforts.

Other Race-Day Activities

* A kids 1-mile fun run with prizes for every participant (no registration or registration fee required!)
* Youth and family activities to engage children in marine conservation: Simulation of the process of rescue and rehab process of a stranded seal, ocean-themed coloring books, whale bone puzzles, and more
* Race-day raffle before, during, and just after the race benefitting marine mammal and sea turtle response, rehab, and outreach—including jewelry, artwork, gift certificates, etc.
* Info booths about Marine Mammals of Maine, the work we do, some of our favorite responses and rescues, and ways to get involved

Race Day Schedule **

Registration: 8:15 am – 9:15 am
5K Walkers Start: 9:00 am sharp
5K Runners Start: 9:20 am sharp
Kids 1-Mile Fun Run Start: 9:30 am
Raffle Tickets Available: 8:15 am – 10:30 am
5K and Raffle Prizes Announced: 10:30 am
Youth Activities: 8:15 am – end of event (~11:00 am)
MMoME Informational Booth: 8:15 am – end of event (~11:00 am)

** Please note that we're keeping a close eye on COVID transmission trends and may adjust the race day format on short notice to accommodate state and local guidelines. Let's all be safe!

5K Every Day Challenge

MMoME supporters live across the country and even across the ocean, and last year COVID gave us the opportunity to include our friends near and far in this annual fundraiser. Wherever you may be, and whether you feel safer in a virtual or in-person race environment, your participation in this event is so important to MMoME's ability to stay afloat!

Join us in this challenge to run, walk, ride, paddle, or swim 5K (3.1 miles) every day for the week leading up to the in-person event. Share your photos of your activities on social media with #OceanCommotion #MMoME or on this website to show your support of marine mammal and sea turtle conservation efforts. You can even recruit your friends and family to join you in the challenge, to make a donation to your efforts, or both!

Why is this important?

MMoME is one of only two marine mammal rehab centers in the northeast and the only marine mammal triage center on the East Coast. We typically triage or rehabilitate between 40 and 75 seals every year and also respond to encounters with whales, sea turtles, and other marine mammals. Our outreach program about marine mammals' behavior and how humans can positively impact their livelihood reaches a variety of ocean enthusiasts, from long- and short-term residents to visitors to the Maine coast to fisherman and other marine industries.

Our annual Ocean Commotion 5K is one of our biggest fundraisers, and after a year and a half of adjustments to the way we operate as an organization due to COVID-19 recommendations, we need your support now more than ever!

How do you log your distance for the virtual challenge?

Just visit the Ocean Commotion RunSignUp page, click on the results button, then "Submit Virtual Results"!

Gear up for the race!

Head to the race registration site's Store Page for all your race apparel needs and the MMoME online store for commemorative water bottles, mugs, and more!

Be sure to check back in October to check out items we'll be offering up for raffle and to purchase raffle tickets!

Long-Sleeve T-Shirt

Show us how you're going the distance in our virtual challenge!

Run your local trail network. Climb that mountain on your must-hike list. Kayak out to catch a sunrise at sea.

However you choose to get your mileage in, we'd love to see it! As you complete the 5K Every Day Virtual Challenge, upload photos of you and your friends to the Facebook event page OR to your RunSignUp account—and we'll feature them in the gallery below!

For any additional information or questions, please contact Dominique Walk at dwalk@mmome.org