SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Learn More:
     Dempsey Challenge Week
     + Local Dempsey Challenge: Saturday
     + Local Dempsey Challenge: Sunday
     + Global Dempsey Challenge Weekend
     Download Printable Event Schedule

Get ready for a week filled with activities, training, sharing and community engagement as we enter Dempsey Challenge week and head into a powerful weekend you will never forget!

 

DEMPSEY CHALLENGE WEEK

Monday, September 20
Virtual Honor Wall presented by TD Bank
We invite you to share your WHY. Post a picture and story to the Virtual Honor Wall presented by TD Bank.
 
Signs of Hope + Healing
You may begin to drop off your homemade Signs of Hope + Healing at the Dempsey Centers in Lewiston or South Portland, starting Monday, September 20. Learn More
 

Tuesday, September 21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dempsey Center 3D Tour presented by Central Maine Healthcare
We invite you to join us for a virtual tour inside the Dempsey Center, Lewiston
 
Final Training Tuesday Episode presented by Vuori, Instagram Live at noon
 
Signs of Hope + Healing Drop Off at Dempsey Centers in Lewiston + South Portland. Learn More
 
Volunteer Orientation via Zoom, 6:30 PM ET
If you have registered to volunteer at the Dempsey Challenge, please attend the orientation via the Zoom link sent to your email. If you have questions, please email [email protected].
 

Wednesday, September 22

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
"Where in the World?" Dempsey Challenge World Map
A look at the Global Dempsey Challenge and participants from around the world.
 
Signs of Hope + Healing Drop Off at Dempsey Centers in Lewiston + South Portland. Learn More
 
Final Team Captain Happy Hour,  6:00 PM ET
Join us for the final Team Captain Meeting to kickoff Dempsey Challenge weekend! Zoom invitations will be sent to your email. Questions? Email [email protected].  
 
Top Fundraiser Award deadline: 11:59 PM EDT
Deadline to be recognized as a top individual or team award winner. Deadline for the College Cup and High School Challenge awards.
 

Thursday, September 23

 

 
 
 
Signs of Hope + Healing Drop Off at Dempsey Centers in Lewiston + South Portland. Learn More
 
Final Dempsey Challenge Training Ride, 5:30pm at The Pub at Baxter
Join us for the final in-person training ride. Learn More
 
Final Registration Deadline for in-person Local Challenge: 11:59 PM ET
Those who wish to participate in the in-person Local Challenge must register and have met the fundraising minimum by 11:59 PM ET, 9/23/21. We will not be able to accept any registrations on the day of the event. You will still be able to register and participate in the virtual Global Challenge from wherever you are in the world! 
 
Fundraising Incentive Deadline: 11:59 ET
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, September 24

Signs of Hope + Healing Drop Off at Dempsey Centers in Lewiston + South Portland. Learn More
 
Customer Service Tent Opens: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Oxford Street
Forgot your bib at home? Need to drop off additional donations? General questions? We encourage you to visit the Customer Service Tent, located on the corner of Oxford Street and Lincoln Street in Lewiston on Friday to help assist with crowd controls on event weekend.
 
Virtual Survivor Photo Booth presented by Concentra
Starting Friday, September 24 at 5pm ET, we invite cancer survivors and their family and friends to text a photo to (207) 255-7550 to join the Virtual Survivor Photo Booth. Your photo will be displayed on screen during Dempsey Challenge weekend and you will get a photo memento texted back! 
Are you an international participant? No problem! You can participate by sending your photo to [email protected] OR by using the hashtag #DCPhotobooth21 on Instagram! Be sure your profile is set to public.
*Message & data rates may apply. By sending in a photograph you give the Dempsey Challenge & GingerSnap Rentals to use your photo during their event and for future marketing purposes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEMPSEY CHALLENGE WEEKEND

Please note: For the protection and safety of our immunocompromised community, the Dempsey Challenge kindly requests that all participants and spectators wear a mask while moving throughout the park regardless of vaccination status. Additionally, participants, spectators and volunteers are asked to practice healthy hand hygiene and social distancing when appropriate. 
Dempsey Challenge 5K/10K Run/Walk
presented by Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water

How it works for 2021

  • Bibs will be mailed directly to you, along with important information about event day. (Bibs will ship the week of September 13)
  • One event day, pin your bib to your shirt, tighten your laces and head straight to the start chute any time during the open start window!
  • Once on the course, you will have the option to remove your mask during the run/walk when you are able to safely socially distance out on the route.
  • When you're finished your AMAZING run or walk, celebrate your achievement with our Friends + Family Festival in the Park! Please remember to put your mask back on once you've crossed the finish line.
7:00 AM - Customer Service Tent opens (Oxford Street)
Forgot your bib at home? Have cash and check donations to turn in? Visit the Customer Service Tent, located on Oxford Street, right next to t
7:30 AM - Bag Valet opens (Simard-Payne Park)
Don't want to bring your bag on the course with you? No problem! Come into the park and utilize our Bag Valet service to store your items until you return.
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM: Open Start for 10K Run
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM: Open Start for 5K Run/Walk

 Family + Friends Festival in the Park (Simard-Payne Park)
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Food + Beverage Tent, Maine Craft Beer + Wine Garden, Dempsey Goods Merchandise Tent, Fundraising Incentive Tent, Team Photo Wall, Mission Walk, Live Music + Entertainment. Open to participants, family and friends. PLEASE NOTE: Masks are required inside the park and may be removed once seated to eat and drink. We thank you for your understanding.
Festival in the Park Features
Food + Beverage Tent
Featuring grab and go food offerings including Lewiston's famous Sam's italians and whoopie pies!
 
Maine Craft Beer + Wine Garden
Grab a well-earned adult beverage from the beer and wine garden. We've partnered with the best local breweries including Baxter Brewing, Gritty's, Side by Each Brewing, Nonesuch River Brewing and Lone Pine. Or you can opt for a delicious mimosa from FitVine or Cupcake Lighthearted!
 
Dempsey Goods - Merchandise Tent
Pick up your Dempsey Challenge swag in our merchandise tent! Proceeds to benefit the Dempsey Center.
 
NEW! Team Photo Wall
Register for a team photo slot and we'll capture a professional photo in front of our Dempsey Challenge Photo Wall for each member to have as a keepsake! Photos will be emailed to you post-event.
 
Dempsey Center Mission Walk presented by Central Maine Healthcare
Learn all about Dempsey Center programs and services and hear inspirational stories from our clients in this interactive installation along the beautiful Androscoggin river.
 
Survivor Photo Booth presented by Concentra
Starting Friday, September 24 at 5pm ET, we invite cancer survivors and their family and friends to text a photo to (207) 255-7550 to join the Survivor Photo Booth. Your photo will be displayed on screen during Dempsey Challenge weekend and you will get a photo memento texted back! 
*Message & data rates may apply. By sending in a photograph you give the Dempsey Challenge & GingerSnap Rentals to use your photo during their event and for future marketing purposes.
 
Incentive Tent
Pick up your fundraising incentive items in our Incentive Tent. All participants have earned the coveted Dempsey Challenge water bottle by Specialized. Additional items include Dempsey Challenge shoelaces, L.L. Bean Wicked Good Slippers, custom Challenge Sea Bags and more! To learn more about our fundraising incentives, click here. The fundraising deadline for all incentives is September 23 by 11:59 PM ET.
 
Live Music
Bands include Camp of Rock and Xander Nelson.
 
Fundraising Awards Presentation, 12:00 PM (Main Stage)
Top Individual Fundraisers and Top Team Fundraisers will be recognized during this presentation. Participants and spectators are asked wear masks and social distance throughout the awards ceremony. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, September 26

Please note: For the protection and safety of our immunocompromised community, the Dempsey Challenge kindly requests that all participants and spectators wear a mask while moving throughout the park regardless of vaccination status. Additionally, participants, spectators and volunteers are asked to practice healthy hand hygiene and social distancing when appropriate. 
Dempsey Challenge Rides presented by Specialized

How it works for 2021

  • Pin your bib to the back of your jersey, attach the bib plate to the front of your bike, clip in and ride to start chute any time during the open start window!
  • Once on the course, you will have the option to remove your mask during the run/walk when you are able to safely socially distance out on the route.
  • When you're finished your AMAZING ride, celebrate your achievement with our Friends + Family Festival in the Park! Please remember to put your mask back on once you've crossed the finish line.
6:30 AM - Customer Service Tent opens (Oxford Street)
Forgot your bib at home? Have cash and check donations to turn in? Visit the Customer Service Tent, located on Oxford Street, right next to the Start Line.
7:00 AM - Bag + Bike Valet opens (Simard-Payne Park)
Don't want to bring your bag on the course with you? No problem! Come into the park and utilize our Bag Valet service to store your items until you return. 
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM: Open start times for 25-, 50-, 65-, 100-mile Dempsey Challenge Rides

 Family + Friends Festival in the Park (Simard-Payne Park)
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Food + Beverage Tent, Maine Craft Beer + Wine Garden, Dempsey Goods Merchandise Tent, Fundraising Incentive Tent, Team Photo Wall, Mission Walk, Live Music + Entertainment. Open to participants, family and friends. PLEASE NOTE: Masks are required inside the park and may be removed once seated to eat and drink. We thank you for your understanding.
Festival in the Park Features
Food + Beverage Tent
Featuring grab and go food offerings including fresh Maine lobster rolls, Lewiston's famous Sam's italians and whoopie pies!
 
Maine Craft Beer + Wine Garden
Grab a well-earned adult beverage from the beer and wine garden. We've partnered with the best local breweries including Baxter BrewingGritty'sSide by Each BrewingNonesuch River Brewing and Lone Pine. Or you can opt for a delicious mimosa from FitVine or Cupcake Lighthearted!
 
Dempsey Goods - Merchandise Tent
Pick up your Dempsey Challenge swag in our merchandise tent! Proceeds to benefit the Dempsey Center.
 
NEW! Team Photo Wall
Register for a team photo slot and we'll capture a photo in front of our Dempsey Challenge Photo Wall for each member to have as a keepsake! Photos will be emailed to the team captain post-event.
 
Dempsey Center Mission Walk presented by Central Maine Healthcare
Learn all about Dempsey Center programs and services and hear inspirational stories from our clients in this interactive installation along the beautiful Androscoggin river.
 
Survivor Photo Booth presented by Concentra
Starting Friday, September 24 at 5pm ET, we invite cancer survivors and their family and friends to text a photo to (207) 255-7550 to join the Survivor Photo Booth. Your photo will be displayed on screen during Dempsey Challenge weekend and you will get a photo memento texted back! 
*Message & data rates may apply. By sending in a photograph you give the Dempsey Challenge & GingerSnap Rentals to use your photo during their event and for future marketing purposes.
 
Incentive Tent
Pick up your fundraising incentive items in our Incentive Tent. All participants have earned the coveted Dempsey Challenge water bottle by Specialized. Additional items include Dempsey Challenge shoelaces, L.L. Bean Wicked Good Slippers, custom Challenge Sea Bags and more! To learn more about our fundraising incentives, click here. The fundraising deadline for all incentives is September 23 by 11:59 PM ET.
 
Live Music
Bands include The Only Hope, Andrew McBean and Runnin' Down a Dream Tom Petty Tribute Band.
 
Patriots Game Broadcast, 1:00 PM (Main Stage)
Sit back and relax with a beverage and cheer on the Patriots with family and friends! Saints fans are welcome too. :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GLOBAL DEMPSEY CHALLENGE

Global Dempsey Challenge Weekend presented by Amgen Oncology

How it works for 2021

  • Pin your Global Participant bib to your shirt or jersey, at any time during Dempsey Challenge weekend and complete your activity from wherever you are in the world!
  • Snap a picture of your participant and upload to social media using the hashtag #UpForTheChallenge
  • When you're finished your AMAZING run or walk, change your profile pic on your social media with your Finish Line filter!
8:00 AM ET: Welcome to the Dempsey Challenge Live Stream
Join us on Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 AM ET on Instagram and Facebook as we kick off Dempsey Challenge activities with our global community.

Virtual Activities

Virtual Honor Wall presented by TD Bank
We invite you to share your WHY. Post a picture and story to the Virtual Honor Wall presented by TD Bank.
 
Virtual Survivor Photo Booth presented by Concentra
Starting Friday, September 24 at 5pm ET, we invite cancer survivors and their family and friends to text a photo to (207) 255-7550 to join the Virtual Survivor Photo Booth. Your photo will be displayed on screen during Dempsey Challenge weekend and you will get a photo memento texted back! 
Are you an international participant? No problem! You can participate by sending your photo to [email protected] OR by using the hashtag #PhotoboothChallenge on Instagram! Be sure your profile is set to public.
*Message & data rates may apply. By sending in a photograph you give the Dempsey Challenge & GingerSnap Rentals to use your photo during their event and for future marketing purposes.
 
Dempsey Challenge Digital Swag
Printable bibs, finish line filters and more! Learn More
 

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