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THE WEEKEND: Trail to Ale, Dash to the Sea, and Paddle + Picnic on the Presumpscot

THE WEEKEND: Trail to Ale, Dash to the Sea, and Paddle + Picnic on the Presumpscot

September 13, 2012599Views

This weekend offers two chances to go for a run and enjoy a beer at the finish line: Trail to Ale 10K and Funky Bow Trail Hop And two chances to paddle (SUP, canoe, or kayak) on the water: Dash to the Sea in Saco (part of River Jam Fest) or enjoy an easy-going paddle on the Presumpscot. Plus a day of free activities at the YMCA of Southern Maine during their Welcoming Week celebration on Saturday.

For the weekend of Sept. 14-16, 2018:

Dash to the Sea photo

River Jam Dash To The Sea

10 a.m. Saturday. Front Street Boat Launch, Saco. $15. www.biddefordrec.com
A paddle race on the lower Saco River! There are two race course length options: a 4-mile recreational course and an 8-mile competative course. Open to canoes, kayaks and paddleboards. This event is part of River Jam Fest, which takes place Friday and Saturday with music, theater, food, and events. See riverjamfest.com for more info.

Paddle + Picnic on the Presumpscot

9 a.m. Saturday. Shaw Park, Gorham. Free. www.facebook.com
Enjoy a leisurely paddle on the Presumpscot River. Bring your own kayak, canoe, or paddleboard to Shaw Park. After the paddle, stick around for a picnic (BYO lunch) and a chance to demo some Hobie Eclipse pedalboards (like paddleboards, but you pedal them). This event is hosted by Fit Maine and the duo behind the guidebook “Paddling Southern Maine.” It’s free, but food donations to the food pantry at South Portland High School are appreciated!

Funky Bow Trail Hop

10 a.m. Saturday. Funky Bow Brewery, Lyman. $35. runsignup.com/Race/ME/Lyman/FunkyBowTrailHop
A 5K through the woods near Funky Bow Brewery in Lyman. Run or walk the 5K, then hang out for some beer. The first 150 registrants event get a sweet commemorative glass.

YMCA of Southern Maine photo

Welcoming Week at the YMCA of Southern Maine

Events all day Saturday. YMCA of Southern Maine, Portland branch. Free. www.ymcaofsouthernmaine.org/welcome
Take a bilingual kickboxing or African dance class, join a pickup game of Futsal (football/soccer), and enjoy a multicultural potluck during the Welcoming Week Celebration at the YMCA of Southern Maine’s Portland Branch on Saturday, Sept. 15. All the activities are FREE and are a chance for neighbors—both immigrants and U.S.-born residents—to get to know one another and celebrate what unites us as a community. Plus, all participants will receive a FREE 7-day family pass to use from October 6th to October 21st!

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Loon Echo Trek

9:15 a.m. Saturday. Shawnee Peak, Bridgton. $100 day-of registration starts at 8 a.m. www.loonecholandtrust.org
A 6 mile route for recreational hikers that starts with a shuttle bus ride from Shawnee Peak Ski Area to the shuttle bus drop off at the Southwest Ridge Trail.
The course for the Mountain Challenge competition division of the Norway Savings Bank Loon Echo TREK starts at Shawnee Peak, proceeds up the ski area, across the ridge to the “Teepee” on the Southwest Ridge Trail, returning by the same route. The course is 8.4 miles in length. Afterward, enjoy a post hike/run lunch, Allagash beer, and party with live music!

Trail to Ale 10K Race + Walk

9 a.m. Sunday. Eastern Prom, Portland. $35. trails.org
Run or walk this popular 10K that follows the Eastern Prom trail to Back Cove. Racers and walkers finish with an after party featuring local beer, pizza, yoga, massages, and a dance party on the beautiful Eastern Promenade. The race supports Portland Trails.

Runners lunge on the water during a SUP yoga class with KOAN Wellness. Shannon Bryan photo

SUP & SIP

5-7 p.m. Sunday. York Town Docks, York. $35, bring your own board for $20. www.facebook.com
SUP yoga classes are winding down with KOAN Wellness in York, but there are still a couple of cool events, like the SUP & SIP event on Sept. 16 from 5-7 p.m. The event includes a SUP yoga class and afterward there’s an option for some post-yoga drinks and snacks.

Find even MORE events in the Fit Maine calendar

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.