Calendar | Active things to do in Maine

Peaks to Portland Swim to Benefit Kids
July 28, 2018
Sign up now for this 2.4 mile historic open water swim from Peaks Island to Portland’s East End Beach.
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Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race @ Kenduskeag, Maine
Apr 21 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race @ Kenduskeag, Maine

The Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race, held annually on the third weekend of April, is the largest paddling event in New England and one of the largest in the country.

Hosted by the Bangor Dept. of Parks & Recreation, the 16.5 mile race begins in the Town of Kenduskeag and ends near the confluence of the Penobscot River in downtown Bangor.

The Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race would not be possible without the dedication of numerous safety and support crews – most of whom are volunteers. They work hard to ensure a safe experience for race participants.


There are FOUR ways to register for the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race.
NOTE: registration by telephone is not permitted.

Urban Runoff 5K & Festival @ Deering High School
Apr 21 @ 9:00 am
Urban Runoff 5K & Festival @ Deering High School | Portland | Maine | United States

Our community – health, economy, way of life – depends on clean water. Polluted runoff threatens the health of Maine’s lakes, streams, rivers and bays. Runoff happens after any rain storm, and in Maine we see a lot of runoff in the springtime when the snow melts.
Since 2012, we’ve brought a different kind of Urban Runoff to Southern Maine! Runners and walkers will hit the streets and trails in Portland for the annual Urban Runoff 5K race and walk to raise awareness of water pollution and raise money to support clean water education in greater Portland and Saco areas.
The date of the Urban Runoff was chosen to coincide with Earth Day and spring’s “first flush” when rain and melted snow wash pollution into our waterways.
The race is followed by the City of Portland’s Green Neighbor Family Fest, where families and community members enjoy hands-on activities about water, live entertainment, and have an all-around good time!
Join us – help preserve our communities, health, and Maine way of life by keeping our water clean!


Inaugural Portland 10 Miler @ Edward Payson Park
Apr 22 @ 7:30 am – 10:30 am
Inaugural Portland 10 Miler @ Edward Payson Park | Portland | Maine | United States

The newest event from Gray Matter Marketing, the Portland 10 miler, will take place on April 22nd, 2018 in beautiful Portland, Maine.

More information and tickets will be available soon. Save the Date!


The Murph 5 Mile Trail Race @ McMann Athletic Complex
May 5 @ 8:30 am
The Murph 5 Mile Trail Race @  McMann Athletic Complex  | Bath | Maine | United States

Saturday, May 5, 2018
Walkers / Runners – 8:30am Start
McMann Athletic Complex • City of Bath

“THE MURPH” is a mixed-terrain, 5-mile race on Bath’s beautiful Whiskeag Trail in memory of Navy Seal, LT Michael P. Murphy. All proceeds go to supporting: The Michael P. Murphy Scholarship, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Fields for Our Future and Bath Parks & Recreation Department.

Number and T-Shirt Pick-Up: Saturday, May 5th from 7:00-8:00am at McMann Athletic Complex, Congress Ave. Shuttles will bus runners/walkers to starting line. Last bus will leave 8:15am.

The first 50 registrations are guaranteed a FREE short sleeve MURPH t-shirt.

Awards for runners will follow the Race at the McMann Athletic Complex, award classes will be Overall, Under 15, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 Over 70 for both Male and Female.

Fees are $25.00 Pre Registration (Online registrations close on May 4th at Noon) & $30.00 Day of Race (7:00-8:00am)

A limited number of short sleeve t-shirt will be available the day of the race for $20!


John Andrews ETA 5K @ O'Reilly's Cure
May 19 @ 9:00 am

2nd Annual 5K, registration to be open in early spring, save the date!


2018 Pineland Farms Trail Running Festival @ Pineland Farms
May 26 – May 27 all-day
2018 Pineland Farms Trail Running Festival @ Pineland Farms | New Gloucester | Maine | United States

Come and experience Maine’s finest trail running festival! Races include a 1km Kids’ race, 5km Canicross (dog+runner), standard 5km, and a 10km on Saturday 5/26/18; and a 25km, 50km, and 50 miler on Sunday 5/27/18.

The trails are 12′ wide non-technical XC paths through the woods and pastoral farmland with no noticable roots or rocks. The trails twist, turn, and roll like a roller coaster and include very few flat areas.

The festival also includes plenty of beer drinking, BBQ (veggie friendly), pot-luck dishes, desserts, eclectic music performances, and fun family activities.


Safe Voices 5k Run/Walk to End Domestic Violence @ Bates College Commons
Jun 2 @ 9:00 am
Safe Voices 5k Run/Walk to End Domestic Violence @ Bates College Commons | Lewiston | Maine | United States

Join us for a fun-filled day as we raise funds to support Safe Voices’ mission: to support and empower those affected by Domestic Violence and engage the community in creating social change in Androscoggin, Oxford, and Franklin counties.


SMH Run for Wellness 5K @ pin Stephens Memorial Hospital (Maine)
Jun 3 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
SMH Run for Wellness 5K @ pin 	 Stephens Memorial Hospital (Maine) | Norway | Maine | United States

On June 3, 2018 we will be holding our sixth annual 5K road race that is open to Stephens Memorial Hospital employees and the community. If you are an experienced competitor or if you are interested in participating in your first race, we invite you to walk or run with us on June 3rd in the SMH Run for Wellness 5K!

Don’t wait! Sign up today. Participants signed up prior to May 1, 2018 will receive a SMH Run for Wellness 5K t-shirt on race day.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and top three female runners. Certificates will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each age category. Come run with us for the health of it!


Maine Summer Adventure Race @ Hidden Valley Nature Center
Jun 16 – Jun 17 all-day
Maine Summer Adventure Race @ Hidden Valley Nature Center | Jefferson | Maine | United States

Midcoast Conservancy is holding the third annual Maine Summer Adventure Race on June 16, 2018. As in years past, the race will be based out of the Midcoast Conservancy’s Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson, Maine. In 2018, interested racers will have three options to choose from: a 24-hour race, which will be a USARA National Championship Qualifier, an 8-hour intermediate race or a 3-hour race for beginners and families.

Adventure racing involves teams of two, three or four competing in a nonstop race that includes trail running or trekking, road and mountain biking, sea kayaking and orienteering. Teams will have to combine athleticism with strategy and navigation to guide themselves to as many checkpoints as possible within the race’s time limit.

The precise course will not be revealed until the morning of the race, but as in past years, the 2018 race will visit scenic and remote areas of Midcoast Maine. In the 24 hour race, participants can expect 10 to 20 miles of challenging, off-trail orienteering, 30 to 50 miles of biking including technical mountain biking, and 15 to 25 miles of tidal sea kayaking. The 2017 USARA national champions, Pennsylvania-based Rootstock Racing, have already committed to the race.

For those looking for a more manageable challenge, the 8-hour course will be structured so that all teams will be able to experience the full, base course, with advanced racers challenged by additional checkpoints. Racers can expect approximately 3 to 8 miles on foot, 15 to 25 miles on bikes, and 4 to 8 miles of paddling.

The 3-hour race is designed for beginner racers and for those looking to get the entire family outside for a day in the woods. The 3-hour race will combine hiking, canoeing and Amazing Race-style challenges and is designed to be possible to complete and enjoyable for participants of all ages and abilities. Racers can do as much or as little of the course as they choose and special prizes will be given for the top family team.

Registration fees for all races include race t-shirt, swag bag, maps, boats, paddles, PFDs, prizes and giveaways, facility and land-use fees, and a post-race feast, including local fare, vegetarian and gluten-free options and a featured local microbrew from Oxbow Brewing, one of our sponsors.

3-Hour Family Race – Under 18 – $20.00
3-Hour Family Race – Adult – $40.00
8-Hour Race – $115.00
24-Hour Race – $200.00


The Wicked Muddy Mainer @ Thornton Family Campground
Jul 7 all-day
The Wicked Muddy Mainer @ Thornton Family Campground | Orrington | Maine | United States

The Wicked Muddy Mainer is a 5k Adventure race in Orrington, Maine. Test your endurance in a brand new, very muddy, 14 obstacle, adventure foot race! Create teams or go it alone in this 120 acre pig pen of sweat and tears; where you never know what’s waiting for you in the next challenge! The only thing here to be sure of, is that you won’t come out clean!


Take The Night 5K @ Portland
Jul 21 @ 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Take The Night 5K @ Portland | Portland | Maine | United States

Take the night, race the night. Welcome to Portland’s hardest alleycat style 5k run around the hills of the East End and Munjoy Hill. Try your hand at some hills. First male and female will earn the choice beverage and a medal. Prizes for the rest include sweat, glory and a hand shake.

ALL levels and ages are welcome.
$5 cash entry.

As we prepare for the race, we’re looking for a few volunteers willing to help with TURNS on the course. We’ll have cones and lights to signal the few turns in the race but they are easy to miss if your head is down. If you’re unable to race but will to be there, cheer and help then message us!


Parts of the course are very dark! All runners MUST have a head lamp/light on the front of their body at all times. As a precaution please have something reflective that can be seen from behind your body (this is not mandatory, but come’on, its just smart).



Race Through the Woods @ Hidden Valley Nature Center
Sep 30 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Race Through the Woods @ Hidden Valley Nature Center | Jefferson | Maine | United States

Join us for the 8th annual Race Through The Woods trail race, sponsored by First National Bank, on Sunday, October 1 at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson. Are you inspired by the tranquility of running on rustic trails deep in the Maine woods? Do you enjoy the challenge of highly varied terrain, where slippery roots or loose rocks demand your concentration and sharpen your focus? Then you should register for a beautiful fall “Race through the Woods” at Hidden Valley Nature Center. Explore the exciting mix of single and double-track trails over rolling terrain in this challenging racecourse.

Racing starts at 10:00 am. Racers will have two course options to choose from: a 13.1 mile half-marathon or a 5.5 mile race (5.5 milers share the course with half-marathoners, same start time). This single loop course brings you over steep hills, through the woods, past beautiful ponds and has about 1,000 feet elevation.

This race is open to beginners, novices, and experienced trail runners alike. If you’ve never been in a trail race this is a great, fun event to start with. After the race everyone is encouraged to stick around and enjoy a bonfire, hot cider or a beer from Sheepscot Valley Brewing Company one of our sponsors. Light local lunch options will also be available after the races.

Kids 10 years and under can participate in a fun obstacle race starting at about 10:30 am (after the other races have taken off). The race will be only somewhat competitive; the goal is really just to have fun. Each racer will receive a ribbon. Register online using the link below- registration for kids’ race is free. The course will feature small hurdles, jumps, and mazes. After the official race, kids are welcome to enjoy the course at their own pace.

Race fees are $35 for the half marathon, and $25 for the 5.5 miler. Long sleeve technical shirts will be available for purchase with registration. Prizes (homemade PIE!!) will be given to first place finishers (men and women) and in age categories. Prizes will also include local goods donated by businesses and volunteers, and gift certificates to HVNC from Midcoast Conservancy.