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100 participate in Adventure Race under Sunny Skies!

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Saturday, May 13th marked the 13th annual East Grand Adventure Race, held the 2nd Saturday of May every spring in Danforth, ME. This year’s course featured all the events racers have come to expect and more: a mile-long compass run, followed by a 10-mile bike ride, and ending with an 8-mile canoe and kayak race. Many exciting challenges took place between the biking and paddling legs including the familiar mud pit crawl and log rolling in Baskahegan Stream. New challenges included a paintball challenge, scaling wall, partially submerged 29’ culvert to crawl through and an environmental challenge where racers had to identify evergreen tree samples. The new family division opened up the race to parents and adult mentors taking part with younger children which included all elements except the biking portion.

Orono High school students along with numerous adults were well represented at the event with the high school boys team of Kellen Doyle & Ben Allan-Rahill not only winning their division, but the race overall with a course time of 2:28:02 before time deductions. Kellen also won the door prize, a new Vapor kayak, paddle and life jacket donated by Old Town Canoe.

Perhaps the biggest personal accomplishments of the day came from race participant Jill Plummer, a teacher at East Grand School, losing 100 LBs and getting into shape in preparation for the race. After helping out with last year’s race, Jill set a personal goal of getting in shape, losing the weight and taking part as a race participant this year. Jill achieved that goal while taking part on the relay team of Tammi Matula, Danlen Espenscheid and Erika Napoli and was all smiles the whole time!

Ben Randall of Sabattus set a record in the 34 mile Baskahegan Stream separate canoe & kayak race with a time of 4:33:47. In second place was the four person team of Terry Wescott, Chip Loring, Ander Thebaud and Bob Hesser narrowly winning by only 13 seconds over the four person team of Marc Ranco, Justi Wardwell, Bill Deighan and Eve Dana. River Robertson came in 4th place with a time of 4:58:53

Up Next, Now that Dave Conley of Canoe the Wild  has finished overseeing the adventure race for another season, the focus has shifted to upcoming canoes trips this spring and summer in Maine on the St. Croix and Allagash Rivers. Contact Dave to discuss joining up on a trip or bringing your group.

 

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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 http://www.eastgrandschool.org/adventure-race

 

EAST GRAND ADVENTURE RACE was held May 10 in Danforth, Maine as part of East Grand High School’s Outdoor Education program. Over 80 took part in the triathalon or Baskahegan canoe race that day. Twenty mile race included a 1.6 mile off trail compass run, 10 miles of mountain biking, 8 miles of paddling. Extra challenges in the field included a mud crawl, two person cross cut saw competition, tomahawk throwing and log rolling. Challenges earned minutes off your overall course time! Divisions: race in pairs in the high school boys, girls, mixed; Adult men, women, mix; Jr./Sr. The open division can by solo, teams of any size, relay, kayak or canoe. In short, anything that doesn’t fit into the other divisions competed in the open division. Entering a relay team is a great way to participate without having to complete the entire course. Next race is May 9, 2015. Entry fee is $20.00 per person which includes trophies, t-shirt, lunch and over $1,000.00 in prizes for youth divisions. Proceeds benefit East Grand School’s outdoor education program. Sponsored in part by First Wind, Woodie Wheaton Land Trust and Ski Rack Sports. For more info contact Dave Conley of Canoe the Wild at email dave@canoethewild.com or call 207-551-8729, School’s website is www.eastgrandschool.org/adventure-race

 

 

 

Rain and Mud make for a great Adventure Race in Danforth!

71 took part in the East Grand Adventure Race and Baskahegan Stream canoe race in Danforth last Saturday. Rain was not a deterrent and actually made for better racing conditions. 56 took part in the 20 mile adventure race which included a compass run and Baskahegan Stream traverse, ten miles of mountain biking on dirt roads and trails and seven miles of paddling on the Baskahegan Stream. There were four optional challenges that took minutes off the overall time when completed successfully. These challenges were the mud crawl, two person crosscut saw, log rolling and climbing wall challenge. The High School Boys team of Yuval Boss & Calum Hamilton from Orono High School were repeat and overall winners of the event (they took first last year) with a time of 2:25.06  New this year was a 21 mile canoe race from Baskahegan Lake to Bancroft with nine boats and 15 people participating. The race would have been 33 miles long starting in Kossuth but due to windy conditions on Baskahegan Lake, it was shortened to 21 miles. Racers came from as far away as Caribou and Falmouth, many East Grand Students and Danforth area adults took part as well. Orono High School came with a good size group as they do each year and did very well.  Many thanks to the Danforth Fire Department, Dirigo Search & Rescue of Old Town and to the 40+ local volunteers that make this event run smoothly and safe! Generous sponsors include Ski Rack Sports of Bangor, First Wind and the Woodie Wheaton Land Trust. for more information about Dave and outdoor adventures including guided cnaoe trips in the summer on the Allagash River, weekend trips on the St. Croix River fishing trips, whitewater canoe trips in Canada, Guided Maine moose hunts, visit Dave’s Website Maine Wilderness Trips with Canoe the Wild

Overall results

1, Yuvall Boss & Calum Hamilton 2:25.6; 2, Henry & Malcolm Milligan 2:39.14; 3, Dana Morrision & Philip Farley 2:43.34; 4, Logan Crone & Andrew VanEss 2:49.51; 5, David, Billy, Peter & Susan Apgar 2:53.42;

6, Eric & Thomas Gilman 2:56.36; 7, Xiao Quan & Ethan Hall 2:57.06; 8,Tom Puzewski & Chris Farley 3:08.20; 9,Tammi Matula & Sarah Stoddard 3:09.06; 10, Samantha Nadeau & Kailey Schmidt 3:10.22; 11, Lauren Jacobs 3:10.04; 12, Joesph Desiston & Hanna Renedo 3:16.11; 13, Gordan Hamilton & Kristen Campbell 3:25.24; 14, Peter & Josh Jones 3:18.04; 15, Fiona & Martin Hamilton 3:34.52; 16, Mitchell Bartlett & Ashley Grenier 3:39.42; 17, Gage Caissie 3:43.05; 18, Stanley P. & Stanley M.  Levitsky 3:46.30; 19, Emmanuel, Tom, Itai Boss 3:51.25; 20, Nathan Gilman & Cole Harriman 3: 52.10; 21, Nick Chambers & Joe Frazer 3:53.50; 22, Emilie Seavey & Kate Fegusson 3:54.54; 23,Melonie Druan, Adreanna Philips, Bayleigh Rowe 3:55.10; 24, Chelsea & Kenneth Winiarski, Allie McEwen, Angel Stoddard, Elizabeth Hood, Kim Stoddard, 4:00.15; 25, Annika Gallandt & Emily Noyes 4:03.44

By Divisons

Mens: Logan Crone & Andrew VanEss 2:49.51; Tom Puzewski & Chris Farley 3:08.20; Nick Chambers & Joe Frazer 3:53.50;

Adults Mixed: Joesph Desiston & Hanna Renedo 3:16.11; Gordan Hamilton & Kristen Campbell 3:25.24; Fiona & Martin Hamilton 3:34.52; Mitchell Bartlett & Ashley Grenier 3:39.42;

HS Boys: Yuvall Boss & Calum Hamilton 2:25.6; Xiao Quan & Ethan Hall 2:57.06; Gage Caissie 3:43.05; Nathan Gilman & Cole Harriman 3: 52.10;

HS Girls: Samantha Nadeau & Kailey Schmidt 3:10.22; Emilie Seavey & Kate Fegusson 3:54.54; Annika Gallandt & Emily Noyes 4:03.44

Jr/Sr: Henry & Malcolm Milligan 2:39.14; 3, Dana Morrision & Philip Farley 2:43.34; Eric & Thomas Gilman 2:56.36; Tammi Matula & Sarah Stoddard 3:09.06; Stanley P. & Stanley M.  Levitsky 3:46.30; Peter & Josh Jones 3:18.04; Emmanuel, Tom, Itai Boss 3:51.25;

Open: David, Billy, Peter & Susan Apgar 2:53.42; Lauren Jacobs 3:10.04; Melonie Druan, Adreanna Philips, Bayleigh Rowe 3:55.10; Chelsea & Kenneth Winiarski, Allie McEwen, Angel Stoddard, Elizabeth Hood, Kim Stoddard, 4:00.15;

21 mile Baskahegan Stream Canoe Race in Danforth a separate canoe race hosted by the East Grand Outdoor Education Program

Overall Results

1, Bruce Weil 3:2.35; 2, Robert Hessler & Ander Thebaud 4:01.52; 3, Chip Loring & Terry Wescott 4:02.25; 4, Dan Baumert 4:07.03; 5, Justin Wardwell & Mark Ranco 4:09.02; 6, John Carter 4:09.037; 7, Eric Gallandt & Ellen Mallory 4:36; 8, Larry Merrill 4:32.30; Steven & Justin Rice DNF