Explore the wonders of nature under the light of the full moon at Hidden Valley Nature Center. Let your eyes adjust to the ambient light, enjoy the shadows and the sounds of coyotes, owls, and the trees blowing in the wind. We’ll end the evening with a hot drink and camaraderie at one of the heated cabins. Meet at the gate promptly for a 2.5 mile trek to the pond for the full moon rising. Please no dogs. If you are borrowing our snowshoes, please make arrangements and arrive early for a fitting.
Join Midcoast Conservancy and Teens To Trails for the 1st (and maybe only) Midcoast Mudathlon on April 15 at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson. This fun-first event will include trail running and air rifle target shooting; all participants will receive a safety training on the rifles before they race. Members of Trail Monster Running will be on hand to participate and support new trail running enthusiasts.
Race categories will include family (parents and any number of kids), youth, high school, novice, intermediate and advanced. The trail loop is approximately three-quarters of a mile; racers will alternate shooting and running. Family and novice course will involve two shooting rounds and one trail loop; the rest will entail at least two running loops and two times at the target range. Be prepared for muddy, sloppy trails—but that’s part of the fun! Teams are an option, and creative costumes are encouraged; the best ones will receive awards at the post-race ceremony.
Spectators are welcome. After racing concludes, there will be vegetarian chili, hot chocolate and cider for participants and the cheering crowds. Midcoast Conservancy will have its fat tire bike fleet at the Nature Center as well, for anyone who would like to take one for a spin on the trails. Bring a helmet, or borrow one from the Midcoast Conservancy community hub gear collection.
Race fees are $25 for adults, $30 for families, $5 for youth and students. For questions about ages, race level or anything else, call Midcoast Conservancy at 389-5150.