In 2016, Down East Magazine published a story highlighting 12 spectacular Maine swimming holes. They all sounded enticing, but one
Starting and ending at the historic Sky Lodge in Moose River, Maine, the Summer Solstice SwimRun is an event for seasoned endurance athletes and SwimRun newbies. You’ll swim in rivers and freshwater lakes and run on paved roads, packed dirt, and grassy runways.
It's a winter trifecta that combines a bit of outdoor activity with plenty of well-deserved post-ski relaxation. And then more relaxation. Toss in a pit stop at the tavern for a beer and a burger and you've got yourself a day worth writing home about.
It was mostly the distance that made Holly nervous. Understandable - the Isleboro Crossing for Lifeflight of Maine is a 5K across Penobscot Bay, from the mainland in Lincolnville to the island of Isleboro.
Sebec Lake is a big draw for visitors to Peaks-Kenny State Park. There's a sandy beach and swimming area in the park and you can launch your kayak (or rent one) and spend the day paddling all the scenic nooks and crannies. There are also a few hiking trails located within the park, so you don't have to venture far to get on trail.
Between the indoor saltwater pool, the personal training, the sauna, the rows of cardio and weight machines, and the long list of group fitness classes (including cycling, yoga, thai chi, Barre Fusion, boot camp, and Bodypump), Quest Fitness in Kennebunk pretty much has all the things.
The water is cold. You can't see the bottom. And 2.4 miles ain't nothing. But here's a secret: Swimming the Peaks to Portland is so so doable. Even if you don't at all consider yourself a highly experienced, super buoyant elite swimmer. You don't need to be. YOU can do this.
The YMCA of Southern Maine's Try the Y campaign, which runs from Jan 2-5, 2019 at all four branches (Portland, Biddeford, Freeport, and New Gloucester), invites you to check out the YMCA for FREE. Enjoy group fitness classes, pool, sauna, weight room, and more.
The synchronized swimming class at Portland Rec will teach you the synchro basics - like sculling, water wheel and the oyster - and you'll get to bust out those moves in every pool you come into contact with for the rest of your life. Nice.
This spring, sheJAMs and southern Maine YMCAs are offering training groups to help you get comfortable swimming in open water.