THE WEEKEND: Dirty Dog Mud Run, Pond Skimming, Aerial Workshops

++ Get out (but, like, not too far). We all love and appreciate the positive effects of the Maine outdoors. Hopefully we’ll be back to all kinds of adventuring soon. But for now, press pause. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has some great advice: stay close to home, steer clear of busy locations, keep your distance (and stick to walking/hiking with folks from your household). ++

THE WEEKEND: Dirty Dog Mud Run, Pond Skimming, Aerial Workshops

March 13, 20181029Views
active things to do this weekend

Technically, it’s spring, although it mostly still feels like winter. But this weekend, we can celebrate our transitional state with mud runs, melting snow, spring skiing, mud, and more mud.

For the weekend of April 13-15, 2018:


11 a.m. Saturday. Sunday River. Free
Sunday River is putting that melting snow to good us with the annual Pond-A-Palooza pond-skimming event. It’s spring skiing tradition – and it’s free to compete. Registration is open 9-10:30 a.m. the day of the event, and the competition begins at 11 a.m. Costumes are encouraged, winners get prizes, and spectating is also welcome.

Beginner silks with Sarah Webb. Shannon Bryan photo

Silks Workshops with Sarah Webb!

12-3 p.m. Saturday. Breakwater School, Portland. $25
Learn the basics of aerial silks with the beginner workshop from 12-1 p.m. If you have some experience, check out the advanced workshop from 1:15-3 p.m. Teacher Sarah Webb fell in love with aerial silks over ten years ago and now teaches others the skills necessary for the circus arts. To register call 215-806-9971 or email to reserve a space.

Frenchman Bay Conservancy photo

Duck Pond Easement Tour

3-5 p.m. Saturday. Duck Pond, Franklin. Free
Frenchman Bay Conservancy and a landowner will host a tour of private property surrounding picturesque Duck Pond. The landowner will guide a walk around the property and discuss the experience of owning land with a conservation easement, a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and a conservation organization designed to protect the land’s natural values.

Hidden Valley Nature Center photo


8 a.m. Sunday. Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson. $25 adults, $30 families, $5 youth and students
It’s a combination of trail running and air rifle target shooting (don’t worry, you’ll get safety training on the rifles before the race). The trail loop is approximately three-quarters of a mile; racers will alternate shooting and running. Be prepared for muddy, sloppy trails—but that’s part of the fun! Teams are an option and creative costumes are encouraged – the best ones will receive awards at the post-race ceremony. After the race, there will be vegetarian chili, hot chocolate and cider. Midcoast Conservancy will have its fat tire bike fleet at the Nature Center as well, for anyone who would like to take one for a spin on the trails.

Thomas College Dirty Dog Mud Run

8 a.m. Sunday. Thomas College, Waterville. $45, $5 “Mud Puppy Run”
This 5K features 12-15 obstacles (like mud, cargo nets, mud, tire pulls) and multiple mud pits. Also: wall climbs, bucket carries, and hills. Costumes encouraged. It’s a family friendly day, and there will be a mini obstacle course open to children up to age 10. New this year: the open to compete in the lap race, which runs from 8:45 a.m. to noon. How many laps can you squeeze in?

Bud Light Reggae Festival

April 12-15. Sugarloaf, Carrabassett Valley
There will be spring skiing, of course. But it’s really about the four days of music and non-stop parties at the base of the mountain. Catch headliners indoors and out, with festivities on the beach and reggae music everywhere.

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.