Aroostook Outdoor News: 7.30.15 edition

#SummerIsBack: At least for now. #GetOutside and enjoy the #thunderstorms! #GetMuddy #AroostookThing

In this edition: 1) #NordicTrailFestival in #PresqueIsle. 2) #5k #RoadRaces #ThisWeekend in Woodstock, NB, #FortKent, #VanBuren and #IslandFalls. 3) A #Triathlon, #10k, and a #1k for #kids in Edmundston, NB. Plus lots more! #offugo…

Friday, July 31 to Sunday, August 2

Nordic Trail Festival, Presque Isle

Nordic Heritage Sport Club hosts a celebration of community, trails and lifestyle. Tackle the trails for a day of running or biking; relax and take part in various events. Enjoy live music, games, contests, food, racing, and the awesome trails of the Nordic Heritage Center. Visit FMI


Saturday, August 1

Coureur des Bois Triathlon, Edmundston, NB

Re-trace steps of French-Canadian woodsmen who ventured into the woods to trade for furs; racers carry a package from start to finish while canoeing, mountain biking, running. Contact Eric Carrier (506-740-0489) or or visit!coureur-des-bois/chbe FMI


Saturday, August 1

Tim Horton’s Joe McGuire Road Race, Woodstock, NB

10k Run, 5k Run/Walk. Route is flat and fast along the beautiful St. John River. Registration: on-line only at Race start: 8:30 a.m. (Atlantic) at Woodstock Fire Station/Town Hall, 824 Main St. Contact Woodstock Recreation Dept. (506-325-4671) FMI


Saturday, August 1

Van Buren Class of 2018 Color the Valley 5k Run/Walk/Roll, Van Buren

Registration: 8:00 a.m. at St John Valley Health Center, 4 Main St. Cost: $30/pre-reg., $35/race day, FREE/kids 10 and under; first 100 paid registrants receive FREE shirt! Visit FMI


Saturday, August 1

UMFK Summer Fun Run, Fort Kent

5k Run/Walk. Registration: 8:00 a.m. at UMFK Sports Center. Race start: 9:00 a.m. Contact Lucas Levesque (207-834-7876) or FMI


Saturday, August 1

Island Falls Summer Fest 4k Walk/5k Run, Island Falls

Kids’ Run start: 8:45 a.m. Walk/Run start: 9:00 a.m. at Island Falls Municipal Building. Winners receive their choice of homemade pies and other delectable desserts. Cost: $12/pre-reg., $15/day of race; first 100 receive t-shirt. Contact John Walker (207-504-1456) or FMI


Saturday, August 1

Brayons Cours Kids’ 1k, Edmundston, NB

Race start: 5:00 p.m. (Atlantic) at Sports Experts, 33 Canada Rd., downtown Edmundston. For children 12 and under. Contact Daniel Violette FMI


Sunday, August 2

Brayons Cours 10k, Edmundston, NB

Race start: 9:00 a.m. (Atlantic) at Palladium Arena in St. Jacques, NB. Other distances: 1k, 3k, 5k, 21.1k, 3k walk. Pre-register at Technical t-shirt to first 200 registrations online. Light meal served after race. Contact Daniel Violette FMI


Saturday, August 8

SFC Aaron Henderson Memorial 5k Run/Walk, Houlton

This is a cross country style race. Registration: 7:30 a.m. at Houlton Community Park. Presentation 8:30 a.m. Run/Walk start: 9:00 a.m. All proceeds to Wounded Warrior Project. Contact MACS Trading Post (207-521-4904) FMI


Saturday, August 8

County Open Half Marathon, Island Falls

Race start: 8:00 a.m. Meet at Island Falls Municipal Building. Contact John Walker (207-415-1688) or FMI


Saturday, August 8

Portage Lake Family Chub Tournament, Portage Lake

A fishing tournament to catch the most “trash fish.” No trout, salmon, frozen fish allowed. Registration: 7:00 a.m. at Duchette’s dock, 85 Hayward St. Derby: 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Cost: $5; all reg. fees paid out in prizes; 1st: 50% of entry fees, 2nd: 30%, 3rd: 20%. Contact Larry Duchette (207-435-4361) FMI


*Saturday, August 8

Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge Hike and Bike, Limestone

Trails open 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Lisa Fishman from Cooperative Extension will present a program on healthy, portable foods and snacks from 10:00 a.m.-Noon in the Visitors’ Venter. Contact Friends of ANWR (207-328-4634) or FMI


Sunday, August 9-Friday, August 14

Camp Living Waters Junior Survivor Camp, Weston

Excellent trip on Baskahegan River for first-timers (ages 10-12) to learn aspects of river travel, skill-building, friendly tribal competitions; a week of non-stop wilderness fun! Every evening the Bible comes alive with devotions presented by a special guest speaker. Cost: $335. Visit FMI


Wednesday, August 12 and Saturday, August 22

Houlton/Hodgdon Adult Ed. Firearms Hunter Safety Course, Houlton

Maine DIF&W Hunter Education: more than gun safety. Taught by trained, certified instructors; students receive course handbook, outdoor survival info, more. Course includes lectures and demonstrations, field experiences, and written exam. Contact Houlton/Hodgdon Adult Ed. (207-521-3100, x5) FMI


Saturday, August 15

Mars Hill Mountain Challenge, Mars Hill

10:00 a.m. at Bigrock Mountain Ski Area. 5k course with plenty of elevation gain; natural and man-made obstacles. Register as an individual, then create a 4-person team if interested. Open to ages 15+; recommended for ages 18+. Cost: $65. Contact Ryan Guerrette (207-227-8165) or FMI


Saturday, August 15

6th Annual Crossing of Lake Pohénégamook Swim Race, Pohénégamook, QC

This event attracts many renowned swimmers. 2k, 8.5k distances. 2k race start: 12:00 p.m. at Municipal Beach Pohénégamook, 50 Tête-du-Lac Street. 8.5k race start: 1:00 p.m. (all times Eastern). Cost: FREE! Contact Dany Plourde (418-859-2222 ext 105) or visit FMI


*Saturday, August 15

Portage Lake Historical Society Canoe Carry, Portage Lake

6:30 p.m. Join in on this historical re-enactment of the traditional portage from Little Machias Lake to Portage Lake. Distance: 2.1 miles; put in at southwest corner of Portage Lake; land at Picnic Pavilion in Portage. Contact Jim Dumond (207-227-1864) FMI


Sunday, August 16

25th Annual Tour de la Vallee, Fort Kent

Ride, walk, or run on a grand tour of the St. John Valley. Bike 25, 50, 62, or 100 miles, or walk/run 3, 5, or 10 miles. Fully supported; rest stops, medical, mechanical. Cost: $30/individual, $60/family. Supports local cancer patients and families. Visit FMI


Sunday, August 16

Butte du Bonhomme Blanchet Hiking Trip, Rivière-Bleue, QC

1:30 p.m. at Les Chevaliers des Frontières Snowmobile Club, Saint-Elzéar Road. 1k path leads to viewpoint oriented towards Border Route; 240 degree panorama, view of the state of Maine in backdrop. Contact Marielle Landry Telephone (418-893-2649) FMI


*Friday, August 21

Caribou Community and Alumni XC Race, Caribou

Distance: 2.75 miles. Race as an individual or as a team. Runners start according to age; each category starting one minute apart so everyone has a chance to win. Cost: FREE. Registration: 6:30 p.m. at CHS Ski Building. Race start: 7:45 p.m. Contact Roy Alden (207-498-3563) or FMI


Friday, August 21

Woodie Wheaton Land Trust Seminar: Trout, Some Greens, and a Charge of Beans; Another Evening in Rhyme!, Forest City

7:30 p.m. at WWLT Center. A lively evening of unpublished verse with a distinctly local flavor, long hidden in dusty attics and old shoe boxes, again shows how folks in other times loved and laughed like us. This was a hit in 2013! Contact WWLT (207-448-3250) or FMI


*Saturday, August 22 to Sunday, August 23

Caribou Rec. Take It Outside Series Adult Allagash Trip, Caribou

One-night/two-day paddling trip; learn the basic skills associated with canoe tripping. Camping at Allagash Falls; bring your steel leader and favorite Muskie lures. Fee: $75; includes gear, transportation, meals. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI


Saturday, August 22

Woodie Wheaton Land Trust Baskahegan Stream Canoe Trip, Forest City

8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Join Maine Guide Homer Clough as we paddle flatwater sections of Baskahegan Stream. Bring your kayak, canoe, or use one of our traditional wood/canvas canoes from the Upham Collection. Bring lunch. Cost: $10/adult; $5/child. Contact WWLT (207-448-3250) or FMI


Saturday, August 22

Baxter Outdoors/Katahdin Woods & Waters Wild Maine Weekend 10k, Shin Pond

Registration: 8:30 a.m. at Matagamon Gatehouse. Race start: 10:00 a.m. Cost: $25. Course weaves through pristine KWW Recreation Area, hugging Penobscot East Branch; mostly dirt logging roads. Evening fun, food, entertainment at Shin Pond Village following race. Visit FMI


Saturday, August 22

UMPI/Wintergreen Arts Center Color Presque Isle 5k, Presque Isle

The run drops colored powder on runners throughout the course; dress in white and let us supply the color! Race start: 9:00 a.m. at Riverside Park. Cost: $30/before 8/1; $40/after 7/31; free/under 10. Contact Wintergreen Arts Center (207-762-3576) or visit FMI


Saturday, August 22

Guided Walking Tour of Historic Downtown, Presque Isle

10:00 a.m.-Noon. Led by Presque Isle Historical Society, this guided two-hour, two-mile tour begins and ends at the 1875 Vera Estey House Museum, 16 Third Street. Cost: FREE; $2 donation suggested. Tour cancelled in inclement weather. Contact PIHS (207-762-1151) or visit FMI


*Saturday, August 29

Caribou Rec. Take It Outside Series Adult Kayak Trip, Caribou

Portage Lake is a most unique ecosystem, best explored on the water; see floating islands, wide variety of water and shore birds. Cost: $30; includes transportation, paddle gear, binoculars sit-down lunch at Dean’s. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI


Sunday, August 30

Maine Running Festival, Presque Isle

Runners in all distances start together: 1-mile Kids’ Fun Run, 5k, 10k, Harvest Half Marathon. Races fully supported; water stops, chip timing, child-friendly activities while adults run. Beer garden, live music at finish! Participants receive event shirt, finishers receive a medal. Visit FMI


*Tuesday, September 1

Caribou Rec. Take It Outside Series Adult Grand Falls Gorge/St. John River Tour, Caribou

Guided hike around Grand Falls, NB gorge; 4-hour pontoon boat cruise of the waters above the dam. Fee: $50; includes transportation, lunch. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI


*Sunday, September 6

Half Marathon Festival, Saint-François, NB

Registration: 8:00 a.m. Race start: 10:00 a.m. (all times Atlantic). Cost: $35/half marathon, $25/8k, $6/3k before 8/29, 1k/FREE; $45/half marathon, $35/8k, $10/3k race day; includes chicken BBQ. First 100 half marathon and 8k registrants receive a Sports Experts jersey. Contact Gaétane Duval (506-992-2780) FMI


*Monday, September 7

Viking Run, Caribou

Kids’ running races on the CHS track; various distances according to age group. Registration: 8:00 a.m. Race start: 9:00 a.m. Contact Roy Alden (207-498-3563) or FMI


*Monday, September 7

Caribou Labor Day Road Race, Caribou

5k walk start: 10:30 a.m. 8k run start: 11:00 a.m. Meet at Caribou High School Ski Building. Contact Chris Smith (207-768-4972) or FMI


Ongoing Programs:


Fort Kent Outdoor Center Road Bike Ride, Fort Kent

Sundays; 8:00 a.m. behind Irving on Main St. June-September. Rides last 2+ hours and range 20-40 miles. All riders welcome. Come join the fun and experience some great rides. Contact Norm Martin FMI


Sunday Saunter Running Group, Presque Isle

Sundays; 10:00 a.m. at UMPI’s Gentile Hall. Open to all abilities; be ready for an easy run of 30-45 minutes, and bring friends! Contact Jonathan Kelley FMI


Guided Bootlegger Trail Hike, Rivière-Bleue, QC

Sundays; fourth Sunday/month at the end of Chemin Brissette at Pied-du-Lac (Long Lake). The Rivière-Bleue Appalachian Hiking Club invites visitors to get acquainted with The Bootlegger trails, which will connect you with exceptional nature, islands, animal, and a magical setting. Cost: Free! Contact Marielle Landry (418-893-2649) or FMI


NHSC Group Mountain Bike Ride, Presque Isle

Mondays; 6:00 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center Lodge. 8-12 miles. All abilities welcome. Happy to show visitors our amazing trail system. Contact Tom Chasse (207-694-5222) or FMI


MOJO Monday Meander, Presque Isle

Mondays; 6:00 p.m. at MOJO Outdoor Sports. Easy road bike group ride. Average speed: 14-18 mph for 22 miles. Contact Mark Fullen (207-760-9500) or FMI


Walking Group, Caribou

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays; 6:00 p.m. at Downtown Mall parking lot. Open to the public; weather permitting. A good way to exercise and meet new friends. Contact Pauline or Renee (207-492-2079) evenings FMI


Tuesday Track Workouts, Caribou

Tuesdays; 5:15 p.m. at CHS. Join runners of all abilities to do predetermined intervals, your own workout, or just run with others and forget the workout. Average distance: 5-9 miles; can be adapted per individual. Contact PJ Gorneault FMI


Jessome’s Friendly Group Road Bike Ride, Edmundston, NB

Tuesdays; 6:30 p.m. (Atlantic) at Jessome’s parking lot. Different routes/distances from 30k to 60k! Average speed: 25-30 kmh. Contact Marc-André Martin (506 735-6292) FMI


NHSC Women’s Trail Night, Presque Isle

Tuesdays; 6:00 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center Lodge. May-June. Leaders will take you on hiking, trail running, and mountain biking adventures; beginner and intermediate groups. Equipment rentals available. Visit FMI


River Valley Runners Tuesday Fun Run, Woodstock, NB

Tuesdays; 7:00 p.m. (Atlantic) at Woodstock Farm & Craft Market, 220 King Street. Distance: 5k. Pace: Easy. Have fun and share the joy of running! Visit FMI


Perception of Aroostook Guided Aroostook River Tour, Presque Isle

Wednesdays; 4:30 p.m. at Perception of Aroostook, 9 Caribou Rd. Paddle Washburn to Presque Isle; bird watching, lessons, relaxation! 2.5-4 hours. Shuttle Fee: $10; Kayak rental and shuttle: $35. Contact Leo Freeman (207-764-5506) FMI


NHSC Group Mountain Bike Ride, Presque Isle

Wednesdays; 6:00 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center Fort Road trailhead. 8-12 miles. All abilities welcome. Happy to show visitors our amazing trail system. Contact Tom Chasse (207-694-5222) or FMI


MOJO Good Times Ride, Presque Isle

Wednesdays; 6:00 p.m. at MOJO Outdoor Sports. Moderate road bike group ride. Average speed: 15-18 mph for 20-30 miles. Contact Mark Fullen (207-760-9500) or FMI


FKOC Outdoor Fun Night, Fort Kent

Wednesdays; 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Fort Kent Outdoor Center. Paintball, Mountain Biking, Trail Running, Walking, Hiking, Road Biking. All ages, abilities welcome. Programming will depend on requests of participants. Come out and let us know how you would like to participate! Contact Fort Kent Outdoor Center (207-834-6203) FMI


Village of Perth-Andover Walk in the Park, Perth-Andover, NB

Wednesdays; 6:30–7:30 p.m. (Atlantic) at Perth-Andover Bandstand; weather permitting. Visit FMI


River Valley Runners Thursday Fun Run, Woodstock, NB

Thursdays; 8:30 a.m. (Atlantic) at Woodstock Farm & Craft Market, 220 King Street. Distance: 5k. Pace: Easy. Have fun and share the joy of running! Visit FMI


Bike Board and Ski Road Bike Ride, Presque Isle

Saturdays; 7:30 a.m. at BB&S rear entrance behind Northeastland Hotel. 25-35 miles; 1.5-2 hours. Pace: moderate to fast; 16-18 mph early season, 18-20 mph mid-season. Contact Andrew Bouchard (207-551-7027) or FMI


River Valley Runners Saturday Fun Run, Woodstock, NB

Saturdays; 8:30 a.m. (Atlantic) at Woodstock Farm & Craft Market, 220 King Street. Distance: 5k. Pace: Easy. Have fun and share the joy of running! Visit FMI


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