Slush, mud, and frigid water!
These are the things a Maine spring are made of. Embrace them all with these upcoming events.
(Feature photo above from the Thomas College Dirty Dog Mud Run.)
The Slush Cup
1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23. Shawnee Peak, Bridgton. Free. www.shawneepeak.com
Skiers and snowboarders try their luck against a 100-foot-long man-made pond of ice cold water. They’ll try to skim along as far as they can go – many getting drenched before they reach the other side. This is also a great spectator sport. There will be an outdoor beer garden with BBQ lunch for all viewers, too!
MORE POND SKIMMING
April 13. Sunday River, Newry. www.sundayriver.com/events/pond-a-palooza
Thomas College Dirty Dog Mud Run
Sunday, April 14. Thomas College, Waterville. $45-$90. www.thomas.edu/mud-run/
This 5K features 15 obstacles (like mud, cargo nets, mud, tire pulls) and multiple mud pits. Also: wall climbs, bucket carries, and hills. Costumes encouraged. There’s also the option to compete in the lap race and see how many laps you can squeeze in!
World Snowshoe Wife Carrying Championship
10 a.m. Saturday, April 20. Sunday River, Newry. $25 www.sundayriver.com
Carry your partner over the 278-yard course, which features obstacles made of snow. Will your parter get dropped? Probably. The winner of the championship round will be declared the Wife Carrying Snowshoe World Champion.
Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race
8:30 a.m. April 20. Kenduskeag Stream, Kenduskeag. $35 in advance, $50 day of. www.kenduskeagstreamcanoerace.com
This 16.5-mile race begins in the Town of Kenduskeag and ends near the confluence of the Penobscot River in downtown Bangor. Bring your canoe or kayak, your best costume, and a sense of adventure.
MORE CANOE RACES
St. George River Race
11 a.m. Saturday, March 30. Searsmont Methodist Church, Searsmont. $20 per paddler. www.waldocountyymca.org/upcoming_events.htm
Six miles, including 1 mile of rapids and a Class III drop.
Passagassawakeag River Race
11 a.m. Saturday, April 6. Savage Road, Waldo. $20 per paddler. www.waldocountyymca.org/upcoming_events.htm
Several miles, including flat water, rapids, and whitewater.
Kiwanis Piscataquis River Race
10 a.m. Saturday, April 27. Athletic Field in Guilford $20 in advance, $30 day of. doverfoxcroftkiwanis.org
20 racing and recreational classes at this family-friendly event. Food and beverages available at the starting line and finish line.
Aroostook River Fun Run
10 a.m. Saturday, May 18. Presque Isle Fish and Game Club, Presque Isle. www.facebook.com/events/372242720030762/
This event includes 3 fun options, all of which end at the PI Fish and Game Club. Free BBQ lunch after.
Urban Runoff 5K
9 a.m. April 20. Deering High School, Portland. $25, $30 on race day. urbanrunoff5k.com
There’s no mud or cold river involved in the race exactly, but proceeds help support clean water education programs – which keeps those cold rivers in good health for other folks to canoe in! The 5K course weaves through quiet suburban neighborhoods and follows the Forest City Trail, part of the Portland Trails system, for about a mile. Afterward, hit the Green Neighbor Family Fest for hands-on activities about water and learn steps to becoming a green neighbor.