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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.

 

Bonaventure River Canoe trip on the Gaspe Peninsula of Quebec Canada, a day’s drive from Maine. This was our 13 trip on the Bonaventure River. Students from East Grand & Topsfield school took part. Students gain numerous camping and canoeing skills as they canoe camp for seven days and six nights. Trip involves 80 miles with lots of lively water, class II and a few class III rapids. A great river to canoe pole.  Trips can be for adults and families and can be shortened to five days. Contact Dave Conley of Wilderness Canoe Trip with Canoe the Wild to plan a trip on one of Canada’s favorite rivers!

East Grand Students enjoy a day trip on the St. Croix River from Vanceboro to Little Falls, 9.5 miles. High water made for a great trip with easy class I-II rapids. Trips can be from 1-5 days on the St. Croix, fully outfitted and guided with Maine Guide Dave Conley. Visit Maine Wilderness Trips with Canoe the Wild for more details on planning your next trip in Maine. Best time to go, May-October. No experience necessary.

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.

Students with the East Grand Outdoor Education Program recently took part in an overnight wintercamp outing in the Danforth area.  Students took part in the planning, packing and leading of the outing. Students divided into groups of two and three, built snow shelters (no tents), warming and cooking fires and made their own meals. Kim led the night hike (bushwhack) map and compass hike. This June, East Grand Students take part in a week long whitewater canoe trip on the Bonaventure River ,Quebec. this will be Dave’s 14th trip on the river. We have room for a few students. Contact Dave  if interested.