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THE WEEKEND: FARM Ride, River Race & Yoga in the Outfield

THE WEEKEND: FARM Ride, River Race & Yoga in the Outfield

June 21, 2012637Views

This weekend, you can ride your bike on the rural roads of Fort Kent and enjoy a local beer and a burger at the finish line or paddle your kayak on the Androscoggin River and then head over to a nearby brewfest!

Also: for those of you with active kids who like to run and ride bikes, there’s a really cool event coming up on July 15: The Portland Kids Duathlon. I caught up with race director Amy Landry to learn more about it in this week’s video:

FARM Ride

Saturday, June 23. Fort Kent. $35 in advance, $45 day of. freshtrails.com/event/f-a-r-m-1st-annual
Up in The County, you’re always encouraged to enjoy ployes, poutine, and selfies in front of the America’s First Mile Sign. But this Saturday you can also participate in the first-ever FARM RIDE. This 60-mile bike ride will take you on scenic gravel roads in and around Fort Kent, past potato and wheat fields with views into neighboring Canada. There will be rest stations along the way and the ride ends with live music, a burger, and a pint from First Mile Brewing.

Androscoggin Land Trust River Race

9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 23. Festival Plaza, Auburn. $30 per single boat and $40 per double boat. androscogginlandtrust.org/alt-river-race-registration
If you’re rather be on the water this weekend, check out the Androscoggin Land Trust River Race, which takes place on Saturday in Auburn. Bring your canoe or kayak and choose between the 7-mile, 3.5 mile or 1-mile course options. This amateur competitive river race will take you through unique sections of the Androscoggin. And race participants get a 15% off coupon to the Great Falls Brewfest, which happens the same day right next door in Lewiston!

Seacoast Paddle for the Pups – DATE CHANGE

** The date for this event has been changed from this Sunday to August 26! So put in on your calendar! **
10 a.m. June 24. AUGUST 26. William G. Saltonstall Boathouse, Exeter, NH. Raise $200. www.facebook.com
If you’d rather paddle for puppies than pints, allow me to direct your attention to another event: Seacoast Paddle for the Pups. Yes, this event takes place in Exeter NH, not Maine, but we can cross state borders for a good time and some puppy-loving, right? All paddlers are welcome – kayakers, paddleboarders, and canoeists – and there are two distance options: 1-mile and 3-mile. And well-behaved dogs are welcome to join in the fun. Paddlers are asked to raise $200, which goes to the New Hampshire SPCA to help puppies and other animals.

Yoga in the Outfield

10-11:15 a.m. Sunday. Hadlock Field, Portland. $15 includes yoga and ticket to that day’s game. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Sea Dogs Ticket Office at 207-879-9500 or online at www.seadogs.com. www.maineyogafest.com
Why not do some yoga in a place where you usually don’t do yoga. Yoga in the Outfield takes place on Sunday at Hadlock Field in Portland, where you’ve likely caught a Sea Dogs baseball game before. The $15 admission gets you an all-levels yoga class in the outfield AND a ticket to the 1 p.m. Sea Dogs game the same day. This event is co-sponsored by the Portland Sea Dogs and Maine YogaFest, which you can look forward to next weekend. Proceeds benefit Maine Children’s Cancer Program.

Shannon Bryan

Shannon Bryan

I don't like "exercise" any more than you do. But you know what I do like? Paddleboarding with a friend all afternoon (and then sitting in the grass to drink chardonnay). Bike rides and nachos, hikes, yoga classes held in breweries, group paddles to Fort Gorges, you get the idea. Because Maine is my gym.