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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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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

 

 

Aroostook River Fun Race was a great outing for families and introducing younger paddlers to canoeing and racing. While Dave is busy with the East Grand Outdoor Education Program through the school year. Dave is available to guide your Maine canoe trip from 1-9 days during the summer months. Visit Maine Wilderness Trips with Canoe the Wild for more information and trips offered including the Allagash, St Croix, and Penobscot Rivers and Baskahegan Stream.