Updated 07/01/15. All times EST. Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at Simard-Payne Park, 46 Beech Street, Lewiston, ME.
Monday, August 3, 4:30 p.m. EST
Deadline to receive your custom event cycling jersey or performance running shirt at the event ($1,000). Those who meet the $1,000 level after August 3 will receive their jersey or shirt via postal mail post-event (please note this may take 8-10 weeks for production and shipping).
Friday, October 9
11:59 pm - Deadline for all fundraising awards, Champions for Hope Event ($3,000) and VIP Reception ($10,000) incentive levels. Click here for more information on fundraising levels and incentives.
Friday, October 16
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm Packet Pick Up
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm Official Merchandise Tent Open
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Dempsey Center Open House, 29 Lowell St., 5th Floor, Lewiston
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Courage Fest Packet Pick-Up Party featuring Pinky D’s Food Truck and LIVE entertainment
All night Official Courage Fest party at Gritty McDuff’s L/A Brewpub
Saturday, October 17
6:00 am – 7:45 am Runner and Walker Packet Pick Up
6:00 am – 1 pm Official Merchandise Tent Open
6:45 am Opening ceremonies led by Patrick Dempsey, start stage
7:30 am 10K Run/Walk presented by Positive Tracks
8:00 am 5K Run/Walk presented by Positive Tracks
8:00 am – 1:00 pm Free Festival in the Park including Concentra Health & Wellness Expo, Vendor Fair, TD Bank KidZone, Concessions, Massage & Reiki Tent, Gritty’s/Baxter Beer Garden, live entertainment, and more!
8:20 am-1 pm Hannaford 5 & 10K Café (participants only) featuring made-to-order omelets and more!
9:00 am Two-Day Riders depart, start stage
9:00 am – 2:00 pm Cyclist Packet Pick Up at Simard-Payne Memorial Park
10:00 am Amgen Breakaway from Cancer Survivor Walk (please check-in by 9:45 am at the Spirit of Hope Tent)
10:15 am ‘Thank You’ from Patrick Dempsey, Entertainment stage
11:00 am Auburn Firefighters Local 797 Kids’ Fun Run, start stage
1:30 pm The Maine Cycling Club “Dempsey Challenge Welcome Ride & Reception“, meet at the MCC Bag & Bike Valet Tent in the park
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Private Cocktail Reception for Top Fundraisers $10K and above
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm Cocktails, dinner and entertainment for Two-Day Riders, Wolfe’s Neck Farmhouse Lawn
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm Champions for Hope Celebration presented by Patron Spirits (invitation only, based on incentive levels)
Sunday, October 18
6:00 am – 7:15 am Packet Pick Up
6:00 am – 5:00 pm Official Merchandise Tent Open
7:00 am Opening ceremonies led by Patrick Dempsey
7:30 am Cycling Ride, Cyclists released in waves: 100-, 70-, 50-, 25-, and 10-miles
8:00 am Two-Day Riders depart, Wolfe’s Neck Farm Wedding Field
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Festival in the Park continues
9:30 am – the last rider! Lobster Trap (participants only) and Gritty’s/Baxter Finish Line Beer Garden (open to the public)
10:30 am – 3:15 pm Dempsey Challenge Music Festival featuring the Mallett Brothers Band, and The Awesome
3:30 pm Closing ceremonies led by Patrick Dempsey, Entertainment stage
4:00 pm Afterparty in the Gritty’s/Baxter Finish Line Beer Garden with LIVE music!
11:59 pm Final Fundraising Deadline to receive all other incentives. Click here for more information on fundraising incentives