Six Trail Races through Wild Maine Landscapes
A coalition of six Downeast conservation organizations is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Downeast Conservation Trail Race Series. Hosted by local non-profit organizations working to conserve Downeast Maine’s natural environment, these unique races take place on community supported nature and wildlife preserves across Downeast Maine from Orland to Baring.
Runners, or walkers, should register for each race separately (see links here) and each race offers various awards and prizes. Runners who wish to compete for Race Series awards must complete races in at least 5 of the 6 events, or 4 races and at least 4 hours of voluntary trail work with one of the hosting organizations (for complete series rules see here). All runners who complete the series will receive a Series Finishers medallion.
All the events also need volunteers so if you’d like to help out clearing trails, or participating in the fun on race day without actually running, please contact the appropriate race organizer on that race’s page.
Race Dates 2019
August 17 – Downeast Lakes Land Trust 5-Miler – Downeast Lakes Land Trust, Grand Lake Stream
Baxter Outdoors and Downeast Lakes Land Trust co-host the Downeast Lakes 5Miler. A 5.1 mile loop, this race starts at 10:00 AM on a remote, motorized vehicle trail, and returns on a single-track hiking trail that winds along the western shore of West Grand Lake.
September 7 – Surry Forest 5K/10K – Blue Hill Heritage Trust, Surry
Blue Hill Heritage Trust hosts a 5k race and a 10k race at their Surry Forest Preserve in Surry. The races begin at 11:00 AM and cover gravel road.
October 5 – Bad Little Trail Run 2.5m/7m – Downeast Coastal Conservancy, Machias
Downeast Coastal Conservancy hosts a 2.5-mile run and a 7-mile run at their Machias River Preserve in Machias. The races begin at 10:00 AM and cover mostly single track trail with stretches along the river.
October 27 – Double Trouble Wildlands 2 m/6.3 m – Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust, Orland
Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust hosts a 2-mile fun run and a 6.1-mile challenge run at their Wildlands Preserve in Orland. The races begin at 11:00 AM and cover dirt road and single track trail.
November 3 – FBC Autumn Trail Race 4m/8m – Frenchman Bay Conservancy, Sullivan
Frenchman Bay Conservancy hosts a 4-mile run and an 8-mile run at their Baker Hill and Long Ledges Preserves and Schoodic Connector Trail in Sullivan. The races begin at 11:00 AM at Sumner Memorial High School and cover single track trail and paved road.
November 10 – Moosehorn Ghost Run 1/2 Marathon & Relay – Friends of Moosehorn NWR, Baring
Friends of Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge and Sunrise Athletic Club host the Moosehorn Ghost Run, a 13.1-mile half-marathon at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge in Baring. Individuals or relay teams of 2 or 3 can participate in the race that begins at 9:00 AM at the Moosehorn Refuge Headquarters and covers car-free wildlife refuge dirt roads.