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ORONO, Maine - About 250 people have signed up so far for the University of Maine's inaugural marathon and half-marathon to be run June 21.

Race organizers say they're hoping to attract 1,200 runners to the first ever Black Bear Marathon. Race organizer Lauri Sidelko says the idea came about when runners realized that if they wanted to run a marathon, they'd have to travel to do it.

CAMDEN, Maine — Camden is about to go down the chute.

The U.S. National Toboggan Championships are getting underway Friday in this coastal Maine town, where 6,000 to 10,000 people are expected to attend.

The 25th annual event invites participants to ride traditional wooden toboggans down a 400-foot chute at speeds that top 40 mph. Organizers say 425 teams from all over the U.S. and Canada are set to participate.

Other events include food, music, skiing and the "Down the Chute Beer & Wine Challenge." The event continues on Saturday and ends on Sunday.

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CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine — While skier Lindsey Vonn is making headlines for earning 63 World Cup victories, a woman from Maine is gearing up for her first World Cup race — not in downhill skiing, but in the biathlon.

OXFORD, Maine — A popular drag racing facility in Oxford, Maine, will reopen this coming spring after suspending operations for the 2014 season.

The Sun Journal reports Oxford Dragway owner Jeff Shock and operations manager Crystal Lancaster say there will be a season this year and they will host a drivers meeting on Feb. 1. The eighth-mile straightaway did not have sufficient help to host its weekly races last year.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine Gov. Paul LePage says the New England Patriots are a "less than ethical'' franchise and cemented that reputation with this week's controversy about the use of deflated balls in the AFC Championship Game.

The Republican governor made the statement in Portland while addressing a group of reporters, one of whom asked his opinion about the unfolding investigation about the deflated footballs.