Surry Forest 5k/10k September 9th!

Blue Hill Heritage Trust is pleased to be participating in the Downeast Conservation Trail Race Series!

Stay tuned here for registration information for our 5k & 10k run out at Surry Forest on September 9th.

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Downeast Conservation

Trail Race Series

Six trail races from

August 11 to November 11

A coalition of six Downeast conservation organizations is proud to announce the 1st Annual Downeast Conservation Trail Race Series. Hosted by local organizations working to preserve Downeast Maine’s natural environment, these unique races take place on community supported nature and wildlife preserves across Downeast Maine from Orland to Baring.

 

  • August 11 – Baxter Outdoors and Downeast Lakes Land Trust co-host the Downeast Lakes 5-Miler. 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 9 – 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 21 – 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 28 – 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 4 – 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 11 – Friends of Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge hosts 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.

 

Runners can pre-register for all races at www.downeastconservationraces.org or by contacting hosting organizations. Prizes will be awarded based on age-based placement, participation, and volunteer work. Online pre-registration for each race ends one week before scheduled race day. On race day, in-person registration ends 30 minutes before the start of each race.

 

To celebrate the end of the race series, the groups are hosting a Conservation Trail Race Celebration on Saturday, November 17 at 4:30PM at Flexit Cafe in Ellsworth. A public awards ceremony will be accompanied by food and drink. The public is invited to see photographs of the races, hear stories from our speakers, thank the volunteers who made the race series possible, and learn how local conservation organizations support our communities.

 

Hosting nonprofit organizations are based in Downeast Maine, each ensuring that natural landscapes stay open to the public, not only for running, but also for hiking, biking, paddling, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, watching wildlife, and more. For additional information about each race including preserve locations and course maps, visit www.downeastconservationraces.org.