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Jan
20
Sat
Welcome to Winter 2018 @ Payson Park
Jan 20 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

This year’s Welcome to Winter is Saturday, January 20, 2018, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.* Everyone from the general community is welcome to join us for this family friendly event! People are encouraged to bring their own sleds. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

MORE DETAILS TO COME!
www.winterkids.org/events/2017/welcome-to-winter/

*PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS PENDING SNOW CONDITIONS.

Jan
21
Sun
39th Annual January Thaw 4.5-Miler Road Race @ Belgrade Central School
Jan 21 @ 11:00 am
39th Annual January Thaw 4.5-Miler Road Race @ Belgrade Central School | Belgrade | Maine | United States

Run, walk, waddle, or race and join Central Maine Striders for an invigorating run at the 39th annual 4.5-mile January Thaw Road Race. This year’s race is scheduled for Sunday, January 21, at 11 a.m. at the Belgrade Central School.

The top female and male runners will receive $50 gift certificates each from New Balance. There also will be a post-race raffle for all runners with movie passes to local movie theaters, $20 gift certificates from local businesses like the Korner Store & Deli – Oakland, Maine, and gift certificates from local lumberyards. All runners get lightweight cotton gloves.

Refreshments will be served after the race in the Belgrade Central School cafeteria and will include oranges, bananas, hot chili, dark chocolate brownies, and Poland Spring water.

In the case of severe weather, the race will be held on Sunday, January 28, instead.

Registration (note: there is day-of registration only): http://www.centralmainestriders.com/uploads/1/8/4/3/18434687/januarythawregistration2018.pdf

FMI: https://www.facebook.com/events/693862517488903/

Bradbury Mountain Snowshoe Series @ Bradbury Mountain
Jan 21 @ 11:00 am
Bradbury Mountain Snowshoe Series @ Bradbury Mountain | Pownal | Maine | United States

Trail Monster Running is proud to host the Bradbury Mountain Snowshoe Series at Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal, Maine. The Bradbury Mountain Snowshoe Series test racers on three separate courses circling and climbing Bradbury Mountain in all manner of snow conditions. We hope to see you this winter.

2018 SCHEDULE
All races start at 11:00am.

Bradbury Squall, 3 miles – Sunday, January 21

Bradbury White Out, 4 miles – Sunday, February 11

Bradbury Blizzard, 5 miles – Sunday, March 4

Race and snow condition updates will be available on our FACEBOOK page.

Thanks to Dion Snowshoes for providing a limited number of loaner snowshoes for all our races. Snowshoes will be available on a first come first serve basis to registered racers. An email will be sent to registered racers a week before each race to announce snowshoe availability. You must be registered to reserve snowshoes. Even if you have previously requested snowshoes on your registration form, in a separate email, on Facebook, by carrier pigeon, smoke signals, etc., you must respond to the email in order to be on the snowshoe loaner list. Ultimately, all racers are responsible for having snowshoes at the race. In the same way that we cannot provide running shoes for everyone, we can’t be expected to provide snowshoes. We do our best to accommodate everyone, but having the proper gear is the racer’s responsibility. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

PLEASE NOTE: Parking at Bradbury Mountain State Park is very limited, and we encourage carpooling to the races whenever possible. Thank you

FMI: trailmonsterrunning.com/bradburysnow

Jan
27
Sat
Lost Valley Winter Duathlon @ Lost Valley Ski Area'
Jan 27 @ 9:30 am
Lost Valley Winter Duathlon @ Lost Valley Ski Area' | Auburn | Maine | United States

Discipline(s):Snowshoe, Nordic Ski, Ski Mountaineering

Race Options:

Solo 5km Snowshoe
Solo 10km Duathlon
Team 10km Duathlon
750ft vert Ski Mountaineering (3-lap)
1250ft Ski Mountaineering (5-lap)

Event Description:

Baxter Outdoors continues the Packed Powder Series with a stop at Lost Valley Ski Area in Auburn, Maine and part of the Auburn Winter Fest. This classic local ski hill with over 10km of cross country ski trails will play host as we snowshoe and nordic ski our way through the woods of central Maine.

The race can be tackled as a solo 5km snowshoe, solo 10km duathlon, or team 10km duathlon. We will also offer a 3-lap and 5-lap ski mountaineering course. The 5km snowshoe course will take place on single track trails throughout the woods. The nordic course will be set on the Auburn Nordic Ski Association trails behind Lost Valley Ski Area.

XC Skiers will race first at 10:00am. Duathlon teams will transition directly into their snowshoe leg. Solo snowshoers will begin at 10:05am

Baxter Outdoors is proud to partner with TruStrength Athletics for the Ski Mountaineering portion of this event. Ski mo racers may choose from a 750′ vert course (3 laps) or a 1250′ vert option (5 laps). Each lap includes 250 feet of vertical. Ski mo will be open to all telemark, Randonee/AT, and split boarders.

All races will start and finish near the Lost Valley base lodge .

Price:

$25/$30 —– 5km Snowshoe (Solo): Early Bird/Normal

$30/$35 —– 10km Duathlon (Solo): Early Bird/Normal

$50/$60 —– 10km Duathlon (Team): Early Bird/Normal

$25/$30 —– 750′ Ski Mountaineering (Solo – 3 laps): Early Bird/Normal

$30/$35 —– 1250′ Ski Mountaineering (Solo – 5 laps): Early Bird/Normal

*Youth 16 & under always race for $15

*Early Bird pricing ends on 12/27/2017

What’s Included:

● Entry to race
● Baxter Outdoors: multi-use bandana buff
● Day-of race snacks and water
● Other Baxter Outdoors swag (i.e. stickers, magnets, etc)
● A cooldown beer (must be over 21)

Event Schedule:

8:30am: Race registration opens
9:30am: Race registration ends
9:30am: Ski Mountaineering Shotgun Start
10:00am: Shotgun start for nordic ski
10:30am: Shotgun start for snowshoe

FMI: http://www.baxteroutdoors.com/events/winter3.html

Full Moon Snowshoe @ Randall Orchards
Jan 27 @ 4:30 pm

Join us for a full moon winter walk on Randall Orchards – the farm we helped protect as farmland forever. We will meet at the farm at sunset and head out to explore the 500-acres of conserved orchard and forest while watching the full moon rise.

After an hour guided walk, led by Master Naturalist, Jeanne Christie and Board President Mike Parker, we will end with hot cider from apples grown and pressed onsite at the orchard.

Limited space; RSVP required to info@prlt.org.

FMI: www.prlt.org

Starlight Snowshoe Tour @ LL Bean Freeport
Jan 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Starlight Snowshoe Tour @ LL Bean Freeport | Freeport | Maine | United States

By the light of the evening sky, our expert instructors will lead you and your family on a unique outdoor excursion through the snow-covered landscape. They’ll give a brief demonstration of snowshoeing basics, then help you improve your technique on the easygoing terrain. Along the way, they’ll share their knowledge of the plants and wildlife that thrive in the winter environment. After enjoying the scenery and refreshing winter air, you’ll be treated to rich hot cocoa and some tasty snacks. We’ll also provide all the necessary snowshoeing equipment for this exceptional adventure.

Please note this tour is weather dependent.

FMI: www.llbean.com

Jan
28
Sun
Robert Burns 10k Road Race @ Westbrook Community Center
Jan 28 @ 9:30 am
Robert Burns 10k Road Race @ Westbrook Community Center | Westbrook | Maine | United States

“There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing.” -Robert Burns

The idea of the Robert Burns 10k race was born out of conversation over good food, wine and beer, and positive vibes at our fellow comrade Chips rooftop patio. Having for so many years competed in events, we were excited and passionate to finally learn the ropes of putting on a well managed race ourselves. We agreed that the event should be unique, support a good cause, and have a special personal element connected to the theme of the race. Both of us celebrate our ancestry and connection to the cultural gifts of the Scottish Heritage, and thought of who better to embody the spirit of this race Than Robert Burns- The most cherished and celebrated Poet from Scotland. The proceeds of the race will go to the Westbrook High School Alternative Learning Bike Shop, a hands-on learning program for kids who are at risk of dropping out. We believe that people learn in many different ways, and all too often schools don’t provide adequate options for hands on/ alternative learning. Many children’s full potential to learn is not realized simply due to the fact that different learning styles are not embraced and cultivated in the education system, and that is something we are trying to change. In this program kids learn about science and physics through the mechanics of bicycle repair. -Ned Swain & Myles Courtney, race founders.

www.crowathletics.com/robertburns10k/

WinterCat Alley Cat Race @ Monument Square, Portland, maine
Jan 28 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
WinterCat Alley Cat Race @ Monument Square, Portland, maine | Portland | Maine | United States

The Portland Gear Hub is hosting WinterCat, an alley cat race and fundraiser. An alley cat race is a bike race with no set route, but with a list of stops and a finishing point, similar to a scavenger hunt. Get costumed up for the best event of the winter! Race as teams or individuals. All levels of ability/competition welcome. Win prizes and race to the finish and after party!

$8/person entry fee. Save on registration when you race in teams of 3 or 4! Register in advance online, at the Gear Hub, or on the day of the race.

Register Here: https://campketcha.secure.force.com/events/CnP_PaaS_EVT__ExternalRegistrationPage?event_id=a0LC000001132PwMAI

A WinterCat embraces any and all weather and loves the snow. Dress up, dress warm, and be ready to bike, snowshoe, ski, and sled at the stops along the way.

Funds raised from WinterCat will support the winter youth programs at the Gear Hub Bike School.

Feb
1
Thu
Pisgah Hill Full Moon Trek @ Pisgah Hill Preserve, Dougherty Road trailhead, Pownal
Feb 1 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Pisgah Hill Full Moon Trek @ Pisgah Hill Preserve,  Dougherty Road trailhead, Pownal | Pownal | Vermont | United States

Thursday, February 1st, 2018. Join us for our 7th annual full moon hike/social event atop Pisgah Hill in New Gloucester. Cars line Dougherty Road; in 2017 seventy-five members, neighbors, trustees, toddlers, grandparents and friends hiked the loop trail through the perfect amount of new snow, shared some cheer at the summit, toasted with hot cocoa, toasted marshmallows, and hooted at the big orange rising moon under the only three hours of clear sky all week.

We can’t wait to see you for our 7th annual, only a few moons away.

FMI: rrct.org

Feb
3
Sat
Snow Day with Portland Trails @ The Conant Property
Feb 3 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Snow Day with Portland Trails @ The Conant Property  | Westbrook | Maine | United States

Join Portland Trails and Ernie’s Cycle Shop for a wintry day at one of Portland Trails’ newest green spaces, the Conant Property! The meadowy area overlooks the Presumpscot River and is perfect for snowshoeing, fat-biking, and cross country skiing. Bring your gear (and maybe some snow-fort building materials) and have a Snow Day with us! Ernie’s will provide a few fats bikes to try, and Portland Trails will have snow-shoes available to use on a first come, first serve basis. Plus, we’ll enjoy a winter bonfire and some s’mores!

Date/Time: Saturday, February 3. 11am-1pm
Contact: Catherine Buxton, catherine@trails.org, 207-775-2411

FMI: trails.org/calendar/discovery-trek-snow-day-conant-property/

Feb
4
Sun
Annual Super Bowl Sunday Table Tour @ Viles Arboretum
Feb 4 @ 11:00 am
Annual Super Bowl Sunday Table Tour @ Viles Arboretum | Augusta | Maine | United States

Support Viles Arboretum while enjoying gourmet food from area restaurants and getting out to enjoy winter activities.

The food and dessert line up is the best ever! All stations have piping hot food, a bonfire, seating and good cheer.

Regular adult tickets are $20 each. Get a group of five or more together and receive a discounted price of $15 each. Call 626-7989 or email fo@vilesarboretum.org to order yours now! Registration opens at 10:00 AM, gates open at 11:00 AM. Tickets sold until 1 p..m. Don’t miss this special event, snow or no snow!

FMI: www.vilesarboretum.org

Feb
9
Fri
Snowshoe Walk at Shepards Farm @ Shepards Farm
Feb 9 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Snowshoe Walk at Shepards Farm @ Shepards Farm | Norway | Maine | United States

Snowshoe walk on the Witts End trail at Shepards Farm. 121 Crockett Ridge Rd, Norway.

FMI: https://www.facebook.com/events/573084399701992/

Feb
10
Sat
Curtis Winter Fun Day @ Curtis Homestead Conservation Area
Feb 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join KLT for an afternoon of winter fun at the Curtis Winter Fun Day. Bring your cross-country skis, snowshoes, and sleds and spend the afternoon exploring this wonderful conservation property! Hot chocolate and snacks will be served around a bonfire at the trailhead. Free, no registration required. Call 377-2848 with any questions.

Location: Bog Road in Leeds.

Directions: From Route 202 in Monmouth, go west on the Bog Rd. for about 1.5 miles.

FMI: www.tklt.org/upcomingevents/2018/2/10/curtis-winter-fun-day

Great Maine Outdoor Weekend Snow Shoe and Sauna @ Nurture Through Nature
Feb 10 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Great Maine Outdoor Weekend Snow Shoe and Sauna @ Nurture Through Nature | Denmark | Maine | United States

Nurture Through Nature is a happy participant in the Maine Great Outdoor Weekend and we are offering free snowshoeing on our 33 acres of private trails. Park your snow shoes at our Sauna tucked in the forest for a community~style sauna from 4pm to 6pm. Cost is only $15 per person for the sauna. Check out our trails on a self-guided snow shoe tour from 2-4 and the sauna runs from 4-6pm. Snow shoe rentals are available for $5 a pair.

MAINE OUTDOOR COALITION
Increasing Connections To Nature And The Outdoors In Maine

The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend is a project of the Maine Outdoor Coalition, a network of partners dedicated to increasing connection to the outdoors for all people in Maine.

The Maine Outdoor Coalition envisions a future where all people in Maine share a greater awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the benefits of spending time outdoors and increase their time in the outdoors.

FMI: https://www.facebook.com/events/312242662616925/

ALSO: You can experience the sauna during Super Sauna Saturday on Saturdays through March. Read more about it: http://fitmaine.com/hike-sauna-saturday-denmark/

Starlight Snowshoe Tour @ LL Bean Freeport
Feb 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Starlight Snowshoe Tour @ LL Bean Freeport | Freeport | Maine | United States

By the light of the evening sky, our expert instructors will lead you and your family on a unique outdoor excursion through the snow-covered landscape. They’ll give a brief demonstration of snowshoeing basics, then help you improve your technique on the easygoing terrain. Along the way, they’ll share their knowledge of the plants and wildlife that thrive in the winter environment. After enjoying the scenery and refreshing winter air, you’ll be treated to rich hot cocoa and some tasty snacks. We’ll also provide all the necessary snowshoeing equipment for this exceptional adventure.

Please note this tour is weather dependent.

FMI: www.llbean.com

Feb
11
Sun
Snowshoeing with Heather @ Cathance River Preserve
Feb 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Snowshoeing with Heather @ Cathance River Preserve | Topsham | Maine | United States

Snowshoeing with Heather
Sunday, January 14
10:00 am – 11:30 am
FREE program

Join Heather Goulette for a gentle snowshoe walk along the trails of the Cathance River Preserve. Bring your own snowshoes or use ours (for free!). Dress warmly in layers (preferably not cotton), wear hiking boots, bring a backpack with extra clothes and water. All levels are welcome. Please register with Andrea by email at crea@creamaine.org.

FMI: www.facebook.com/events/409371092830951/

Bradbury Mountain Snowshoe Series @ Bradbury Mountain
Feb 11 @ 11:00 am
Bradbury Mountain Snowshoe Series @ Bradbury Mountain | Pownal | Maine | United States

Trail Monster Running is proud to host the Bradbury Mountain Snowshoe Series at Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal, Maine. The Bradbury Mountain Snowshoe Series test racers on three separate courses circling and climbing Bradbury Mountain in all manner of snow conditions. We hope to see you this winter.

2018 SCHEDULE
All races start at 11:00am.

Bradbury Squall, 3 miles – Sunday, January 21

Bradbury White Out, 4 miles – Sunday, February 11

Bradbury Blizzard, 5 miles – Sunday, March 4

Race and snow condition updates will be available on our FACEBOOK page.

Thanks to Dion Snowshoes for providing a limited number of loaner snowshoes for all our races. Snowshoes will be available on a first come first serve basis to registered racers. An email will be sent to registered racers a week before each race to announce snowshoe availability. You must be registered to reserve snowshoes. Even if you have previously requested snowshoes on your registration form, in a separate email, on Facebook, by carrier pigeon, smoke signals, etc., you must respond to the email in order to be on the snowshoe loaner list. Ultimately, all racers are responsible for having snowshoes at the race. In the same way that we cannot provide running shoes for everyone, we can’t be expected to provide snowshoes. We do our best to accommodate everyone, but having the proper gear is the racer’s responsibility. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

PLEASE NOTE: Parking at Bradbury Mountain State Park is very limited, and we encourage carpooling to the races whenever possible. Thank you

FMI: trailmonsterrunning.com/bradburysnow

Feb
17
Sat
Winter Carnival @ Gilsland Farm
Feb 17 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Winter Carnival @ Gilsland Farm | Falmouth | Maine | United States

Join us in celebrating winter and learning about wildlife with indoor and outdoor fun, including:

Snow science and art
Winter wildlife touch table
Scavenger hunt
Giant snow shelter
Facepainting
Tracking activities
Snowshoe rentals
Food from The Marshmallow Cart and Mashed in Maine
music with Matt Loosigian
and more!

FMI: maineaudubon.coursestorm.com/course/winter-carnival?sort=date&page=3

Feb
23
Fri
Starlight Snowshoe Tour @ LL Bean Freeport
Feb 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Starlight Snowshoe Tour @ LL Bean Freeport | Freeport | Maine | United States

By the light of the evening sky, our expert instructors will lead you and your family on a unique outdoor excursion through the snow-covered landscape. They’ll give a brief demonstration of snowshoeing basics, then help you improve your technique on the easygoing terrain. Along the way, they’ll share their knowledge of the plants and wildlife that thrive in the winter environment. After enjoying the scenery and refreshing winter air, you’ll be treated to rich hot cocoa and some tasty snacks. We’ll also provide all the necessary snowshoeing equipment for this exceptional adventure.

Please note this tour is weather dependent.

FMI: www.llbean.com

Mar
3
Sat
Starlight Snowshoe Tour @ LL Bean Freeport
Mar 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Starlight Snowshoe Tour @ LL Bean Freeport | Freeport | Maine | United States

By the light of the evening sky, our expert instructors will lead you and your family on a unique outdoor excursion through the snow-covered landscape. They’ll give a brief demonstration of snowshoeing basics, then help you improve your technique on the easygoing terrain. Along the way, they’ll share their knowledge of the plants and wildlife that thrive in the winter environment. After enjoying the scenery and refreshing winter air, you’ll be treated to rich hot cocoa and some tasty snacks. We’ll also provide all the necessary snowshoeing equipment for this exceptional adventure.

Please note this tour is weather dependent.

FMI: www.llbean.com

Mar
4
Sun
Bradbury Mountain Snowshoe Series @ Bradbury Mountain
Mar 4 @ 11:00 am
Bradbury Mountain Snowshoe Series @ Bradbury Mountain | Pownal | Maine | United States

Trail Monster Running is proud to host the Bradbury Mountain Snowshoe Series at Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal, Maine. The Bradbury Mountain Snowshoe Series test racers on three separate courses circling and climbing Bradbury Mountain in all manner of snow conditions. We hope to see you this winter.

2018 SCHEDULE
All races start at 11:00am.

Bradbury Squall, 3 miles – Sunday, January 21

Bradbury White Out, 4 miles – Sunday, February 11

Bradbury Blizzard, 5 miles – Sunday, March 4

Race and snow condition updates will be available on our FACEBOOK page.

Thanks to Dion Snowshoes for providing a limited number of loaner snowshoes for all our races. Snowshoes will be available on a first come first serve basis to registered racers. An email will be sent to registered racers a week before each race to announce snowshoe availability. You must be registered to reserve snowshoes. Even if you have previously requested snowshoes on your registration form, in a separate email, on Facebook, by carrier pigeon, smoke signals, etc., you must respond to the email in order to be on the snowshoe loaner list. Ultimately, all racers are responsible for having snowshoes at the race. In the same way that we cannot provide running shoes for everyone, we can’t be expected to provide snowshoes. We do our best to accommodate everyone, but having the proper gear is the racer’s responsibility. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

PLEASE NOTE: Parking at Bradbury Mountain State Park is very limited, and we encourage carpooling to the races whenever possible. Thank you

FMI: trailmonsterrunning.com/bradburysnow

Mar
10
Sat
The Mattress Race @ Shawnee Peak
Mar 10 @ 1:00 pm
The Mattress Race @ Shawnee Peak | Bridgton | Maine | United States

Get out your old, beat up mattress and put it to good use! Design and decorate your old twin, full, double, queen or king, race it down our course and you’ll be eligible for a great prize!

The Fastest Mattress will win an overnight stay in the Pleasant Mountain Yurt or Cabin.

There is also Shawnee Peak loged prizes for the best, most uniquely-decorated mattress. This years theme is “80 years of Shawnee Peak”

The race course will be set up on the Main Slope. Register from 9am-Noon in Guest Services. The Race is at 1pm. All Race participants must have a lift ticket or season pass, valid that day. Kids 17 and under MUST have a parent’s signature on a Shawnee Peak Liability Release form to participate. No air mattresses, no waterbeds. You may bring a tarp or something flat and slippery to slide on, but no skis or anything that will elevate your mattress. 4-person maximum riding the sled.

If you wish, Shawnee Peak will dispose of your mattress for you after the race in the most environmentally-sensitive manner possible.

FMI: https://www.shawneepeak.com/mountain/shawnee-peak-events/35/

Apr
22
Sun
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!

FMI: www.facebook.com/events/884520781716497/

May
19
Sat
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!

FMI: https://www.facebook.com/events/145264329367589/

May
26
Sat
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.

FMI: www.facebook.com/events/1867119746940632/