Adventure Racing is a great way to get young people, teens and adults outside and learn new skills such as using a compass, mountian biking and paddling a canoe or kayak.  East Grand Outdoor Education Teens also have to opportunity to assist on Canoe the Wild canoe trips on Maine’s Allagash, St. Croix and Penobscot rivers and select rivers in Canada. Over 70 take part in the 10th annual East Grand Adventure Race and Baskahegan Stream canoe in Danforth Maine Saturday, May 9th. The 18+ mile course included a 1.4 mile compass run, 9 miles of mountain biking, 8 miles of paddling and several challenges along the way including log rolling, tomahawk throwing, two person cross cut saw, and a mud crawl. Winners of the High School boys division and overall winners were East Grand’s Philip Farley & Peter Apgar with a course time of 2:03:18 after calculating time off for completing challenges. East Grand’s Physical Education teacher Tammi Matula had several middle school students on her relay team doing the compass run and biking while Judy Crone and Rene Crone paddled. Other local winners include the father and son team of Eric and Thomas Gilman taking first place in the Jr/Sr division, Sam Plummer and Sarah Stoddard 1st place in the High School Mixed Division and Logan Crone and Andy VeNess in the men’s division. Orono High school had several teams in the race including several adult teams. The separate 34 mile Baskahegan Stream Canoe Race which started in Kossuth off of route 6 and ended in Bancroft north of Danforth was won by the four person team of Chip Loring, Terry Wescott, Ander Thebaud and Bob Hessler completing the race in 5:05:10. Many thanks to the 50+ volunteers who made this event possible and to SunEdison, Machias Savings Bank, Woodie Wheaton Land Trust and Ski Rack Sports for helping to sponsor this event. Full results and pictures are available on the school’s website by visiting