Aroostook Outdoor News: 8.13.15 edition  

#BackToSchool: #Getoutside with the #kiddos while you still can #lastchance #AroostookThing

In this edition: 1) A #3k #run in #Washburn. 2) An #obstaclecourse #mountain run in #MarsHill. 3) A #cycling #tour to benefit #cancerpatients in the #StJohnValley. Plus lots more! #offugo…

Friday, August 14

Festival of Flavour Chalk the Walk, Florenceville-Bristol, NB

3:00-8:00 p.m. (Atlantic). All ages invited to participate in a public art project to create sidewalk art (for fun or to compete,) rain or shine! Artisans, food vendors will line riverside boardwalk with handcrafted wares, tasty treats, live music, performances. Contact McCain Art Gallery (506-392-6769) or info@mccainartgallery.com FMI

 

Friday, August 14-Sunday, August 16

Falls Brook Centre 7th Annual Free School, Glassville, NB

Join us for participant-led workshops on renewable energy installations, permaculture, story-telling circles, everything in between! This year’s themes are Resilience and Wellness. Come out and celebrate with live music, art, local food and community. Camp on-site or just drop by for an afternoon. Contact Falls Brook Centre (506-246-1114) FMI

 

Saturday, August 15

Washburn August Festival 3k, Washburn

Registration: 8:00 a.m. at Washburn District Elementary School. Race start: 8:30 a.m. Cost: $8. T-shirt to first 30 registrants. Contact Ron Ericson (207-455-8081) 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 ryanguerrette@bigrockmaine.com FMI

 

Saturday, August 15

Mars Hill Mountain Challenge Kids’ Fun Run, Mars Hill

1k scaled-down version of the Mars Hill Mountain Challenge for ages 5 to 14 that’s all about having fun; expect uphill/downhill running, dirt, mud, obstacles, snowguns, and more. Start time: approximately 4:00 p.m. Cost: $20. Contact Ryan Guerrette (207-227-8165) or ryanguerrette@bigrockmaine.com 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 www.pohenegamook.net/tourisme 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 www.nmmc.org/biketour FMI

 

*Sunday August 16

1st Annual Under Blue Skies Walk/Run/Ride for Diabetes Research, Woodstock, NB

You can take a walk, go for a run, or ride your bike to help us work toward a cure. Registration: 12:30 p.m. at Ayr Motor Centre. Walk/run/ride start:  1:00 p.m. Cost: $10; proceeds to Canadian Diabetes Assoc. Pledge sheets also available. Visit www.crm2.diabetes.ca/site/TR… 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 ralden@rsu39.org 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 info@woodiewheaton.org 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 sleeper@cariboumaine.org 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 info@woodiewheaton.org 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 www.baxteroutdoors.com 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 www.umpi.edu/colorpresqueisle5k 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 www.pihistory.org 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 sleeper@cariboumaine.org 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 www.competitorme.com 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 sleeper@cariboumaine.org 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 ralden@rsu39.org 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 christopher.smith@umpi.edu FMI

 

Friday, September 11-Sunday, September 13

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

Two night stay at Maccanamac Camps; canoe Chase Rapids, tour Churchill Dam Museum, hike to historic Chamberlain Lake trains. Participants must be in excellent shape. Cost: $150; includes gear, transportation, meals. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or sleeper@cariboumaine.org FMI

 

Saturday, September 12

Katahdin Woods & Waters Stars Over Katahdin Wilderness Stargazing, Patten

With some of the starriest skies east of the Mississippi, there are few better places to view the night sky. Guided hiking, biking, stargazing with experienced astronomers. Great for families; reservations recommended. Contact Mark Adams (207-852-1291) or lunksoos@gmail.com FMI

 

Sunday, September 13

Redy…Set…Let’s Go! Youth Triathlon, Presque Isle

1-mile course with various obstacles is perfect for beginners, more experienced competitors ages 7-14, and will be held at the UMPI campus. Fee: $15; includes finisher’s medal, bandana, take home canvas bag full of locally grown produce. Pre-registration required. Visit www.redyyouthtriathlon.org FMI

 

*Tuesday, September 15

Caribou Rec. Adult Take It Outside Series Windmill Tour, Mars Hill

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Guided tour to base of windmill; easy 1/2-mile walk. Stop at Hentosh Bronze, Bridgewater to learn about sculptures that have been sold all over the world, including Caribou’s caribou! Cost: $25; includes lunch. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or sleeper@cariboumaine.org FMI

 

*Thursday, September 17

Caribou Rec. Adult Take It Outside Series Moose & Salmon Day, Ashland

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Travel to Ashland to learn why moose permits have been rolled back 25%. Spend the afternoon learning what Atlantic Salmon for Northern Maine is working on. Cost: $25; includes transportation, lunch. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or sleeper@cariboumaine.org 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 njmartin@fairpoint.net 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 competitorme@gmail.com 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 info1@routedesfrontieres.com 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 tom@bikeboardandski.com 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 info@mojooutdoorsports.com 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 pgorneault@rsu39.org 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 www.nordicheritagecenter.com 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 www.facebook.com/groups/rvrunnersnb 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 tom@bikeboardandski.com 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 info@mojooutdoorsports.com 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 www.perth-andover.com 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 www.facebook.com/groups/rvrunnersnb 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 andrew@bikeboardandski.com 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 www.facebook.com/groups/rvrunnersnb FMI

 

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