Aroostook Outdoor News: 8.11.16 edition

In this edition: 1) The #Acadian Festival has a bit of an #outdoor flair in #Madawaska. 2) #5k #run #walk #roadraces in #Patten, #Washburn and #PresqueIsle. 3) A #MountainRun in #MarsHill. Plus lots more! #offugo…

#AroostookThing of the week: The Mars Hill Mountain Challenge in Mars Hill.

Mars Hill Mist

When is a hill a mountain?

When you’re in Mars Hill, Maine.

Mars Hill Mountain dominates the central Aroostook landscape, a familiar sight for travelers on U.S. Routes 1 and 1A that is visible from communities 30-40 miles away.

This hill that is really a mountain is the home of Bigrock Mountain Ski Area, which boasts the highest vertical of any ski area in northern Maine or the Canadian Maritimes. Bigrock is a not-for-profit organization that sustains itself through a hearty helping of generous community support as well as traditional skiing related revenue streams in the winter and special one-of-a-kind events in the summer and fall.

One of those events, The Mars Hill Mountain Challenge, is coming up this weekend and it is not too late to sign up to run or volunteer! Registration and more info can be found at www.marshillmountainchallenge.com.

The Mars Hill Mountain Challenge features a 5k course with plenty of elevation gain and natural and man-made obstacles along the way.

Folks may register as an individual then create a 4-person team, if interested. The race is open to ages 13 and up, but is recommended for ages 18 and up. Pre-registration is required and may be done online at the website listed above or at the Bigrock Base Lodge the morning of the event.

The cost to participate is $75/person, which includes a t-shirt and a lift ticket for upcoming season. All proceeds benefit Bigrock’s community ski programs.

To find out more, visit www.marshillmountainchallenge.com.

#AroostookNote: Did you know that the summit of Mars Hill Mountain is the first place in the United States to see the sun rise late March to mid-September?

 

Friday, August 12-Saturday, August 13

Madawaska Acadian Festival Team East Action Sports BMX Bicycle Stunt Show, Madawaska. Our professional team is like no other; we use BMX as a tool to entertain students and to keep them focused on our important anti-bullying message. Friday shows: 6:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. on Main Street. Saturday shows: 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. at Multi-Purpose Building on 7th Avenue. Visit www.acadianfestival.com FMI

 

Saturday, August 13

Patten Pioneer Days Color Run, Patten. Race start: 8:00 a.m. Wear a white t-shirt and be colorful! Participants may choose to walk in the parade at 10:00 a.m. Cost: $15/person, $50/family of 4. Water bottles provided. Contact Cheryl Anderson (207-267-5720) or (207-528-2975) FMI

 

*Saturday, August 13

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. Visit www.facebook.com/washburnaugustfest FMI

 

Saturday, August 13

Mars Hill Mountain Challenge, Mars Hill. 9:00 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+. Pre-registration required; online only. Cost: $65/person; includes t-shirt, lift ticket for upcoming season. Visit www.marshillmountainchallenge.com FMI

 

Saturday, August 13

CANCER Colors of Courage 5k Run/Walk, Presque Isle. Celebrate, support cancer survivors! This is a non-timed event. All ability levels welcome; course is stroller, wheelchair friendly. Registration: online only. Walk start: 4:30 p.m. at TAMC, 140 Academy Street. 5k start: 5:00 p.m. Cost: $20/person before 8/13, $25/person after 8/12. www.runsignup.com/Race/ME/PresqueIsl/ColorsofCourage2016 FMI

 

Saturday, August 13

GLOW Northeast Run/Walk, Presque Isle. Registration: online only. Race start: 8:00 p.m. at Mechanical Services, 525 Central Drive. Join us for a fun-filled 5k race, 2-mile walk, 1-mile Kids’ Fun Run, complete with glow sticks! Cost: $2/Kids’ Fun Run, $15/Walk, $20/5k Run. Contact Ashley Caron Estey (207-227-4651) or visit www.runsignup.com/Race/ME/PresqueIsle/GLOWNortheastGivingLighttoOurWorld FMI

 

Saturday, August 13

L.P. Fisher Public Library Bike Clinic, Woodstock, NB. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (Atlantic Time) at L.P. Fisher Public Library, 679 Main St. Bring your bike to the Library during these hours to learn bike safety, get a tune up, learn about local bike routes,  get advice from our experts. Cost: Free. Contact L.P. Fisher Public Library (207-325-4777) or LPFisher.Library@gnb.ca FMI

 

Saturday, August 13

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 14

Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Walk for Wishes, Presque Isle. 4:00-8:00 p.m. at University of Maine Presque Isle. A fun afternoon filled with BBQ, bounce house, face painting, and a walk around campus to help support Make-A-Wish. Donations greatly appreciated. Contact Destin Rooney droo6708@gmail.com or Dawn Larrabee dawn.larrabee@gmail.com or visit www.maine.wish.org FMI

 

Monday, August 15-Friday, August 19

Woodstock Rec. Into The Wild Day Camp, Woodstock, NB. An opportunity for adventurous youth ages 11-14 to learn wilderness survival skills: knot tying, orienteering, identifying trees and plants, shelter and campfire building, and to participate in challenges to win the title of Ultimate Wilderness Survivor! Activities also to include: trip to Treego, hiking Maliseet Trail, canoeing the Meduxnekeag River. Cost: $155/camper. Contact Jillian McNally (506-325-4671) or jmcnall10@gmail.com FMI

 

Wednesday, August 17

15th Annual Robert A. Frost Memorial Library Walk-A-Thon/Linda M. Page Remembrance Walk, Limestone. 9:00 a.m. at Robert A. Frost Memorial Library, 42 Main Street. Walk in memory of Linda M. Page, who started as a volunteer at the Library and later became Assistant Librarian and then Librarian. We hope you will join us as we honor her memory and raise money for the library endowment fund. Contact Robert A. Frost Memorial Library (207-325-4706) FMI

 

Wednesday, August 17

Baxter State Park Evening Program: Visiting Artist Program, Millinocket. 7:00 p.m.at Daicey Pond. Join Tyson Pease, this year’s Baxter State Park Visiting Artist, as he discusses techniques in nature journaling. Tyson will present the basics and value of nature journaling and facilitate conversation. Participants will be encouraged to share both their artwork and experiences of visiting Baxter State Park. Contact Baxter State Park (207-723-5140) FMI

 

Thursday, Aug 18

River Valley Runners/L.P. Fisher Public Library Learn to Run Seminar and 5k Fun Run, Woodstock, NB. 6:30 p.m. (Atlantic Time) at L.P. Fisher Public Library, 679 Main St. Team Diabetes’ Jerri McCallum shares experiences taking first steps away from the couch and onto the road; signing up for first event at age 35. Come ready in workout gear, water bottle, for an easy-pace 5k Cost: Free. Contact L.P. Fisher Public Library (207-325-4777) or LPFisher.Library@gnb.ca FMI

 

Friday, August 19

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 19

Van Buren Class of 2018 Family Fun Glow Run 5k Run/Walk, Van Buren. Run through UV colored powder stations plus plenty of glow sticks to add to the colors. Registration: 7:30 p.m. at Van Buren High School, 169 Main Street. Run start: 8:00 p.m. Cost: $25/person, FREE/kids 10 and under; first 50 paid registrants receive FREE shirt! Proceeds benefit Van Buren Class of 2018 and Hemophilia Alliance of Maine. Visit www.VBGlowRun.com FMI

 

*Friday, August 19-Sunday, August 21

Penobscot River Fest, Medway. Food, activities (especially for kids), speakers, authors/book signings, demos, seminars, vendors, info kiosks, including: Canoe/Kayak Race; Taste of the Maine Woods Buffet featuring moose, venison, white perch, fiddleheads; Intro to Kayaking; Maine Primitive Skills School Nature Walks; Old Time Logging competition; Fly Casting competition; Anything That Floats Penobscot Parade. Contact Penobscot River Fest ktaadndreams@midmaine.com FMI

 

Saturday, August 20

Allagash Wilderness Waterway 50th Anniversary Celebration, Allagash. A day of family fun activities, including:  Allagash Historical, Louie’s Antique Chainsaw Museums open all day; Waterway Film Show at Faye O’Leary Hafford Library; Paddle & Pole Canoe Clinic and Rides; Bateaux Rides; Bean Supper; Smokey the Bear; Timber Tina’s Great Maine Lumberjack Show; Live Entertainment; exhibits and demonstrations at historic Michaud Farm. Visit www.allagash.info FMI

 

Saturday, August 20-Sunday, August 21

Caribou Rec. Take It Outside Series Adult Allagash Trip, Caribou. One-night/two-day paddling trip; learn the basic skills associated with canoe tripping. Trip starts at Michaud Farms, concludes in Allagash, camping at the muskie infested waters of the Allagash Falls Campsite at Allagash Falls; bring your steel leader and favorite muskie lures. Fee: $75; includes gear, transportation, meals. Preregistration required. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or sleeper@cariboumaine.org FMI

 

Saturday, August 20

SAD 1 Adult & Community Education Whitewater Rafting Bus Trip, Presque Isle. We have teamed up with Northeast Whitewater for a rafting trip down the Kennebec River. Depart PIHS: 5:00 a.m. Return: 7:30 p.m. Don’t miss this amazing adventure; let us do the planning and the driving! Space limited to 40 participants. Cost: $94, includes transportation, equipment, meals. Contact SAD 1 Adult & Community Education (207-764-4776) FMI

 

Saturday, August 20

Aroostook County Walk Like MADD 2016, Houlton. This is your chance to do something about drunk driving in our community. This year, thousands of people in over 60 cities around the nation will participate in 5k events to eliminate drunk driving from our roadways. Registration: 7:30 a.m. at Houlton Parks and Recreation, 128 Main Street. Walk start: 9:00 a.m. Distance: 5k (3.1 miles). Visit www.walklikemadd.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=701 FMI

 

Saturday, August 20

CompetitorME Remember the Responder 5k Run/Walk, Presque Isle. They risk their lives to serve and protect; honor and remember the sacrifice of our emergency responders: Police, Warden Service, Sheriff, Border Patrol, EMS. Registration: 7:00 a.m. at CPT, 5 North St. Kids’ 1-mile Fun Run: 8:15 a.m. Race start: 9:00 a.m. Cost: $5/Kids’ Fun Run, $25/person before 8/13, $30/person after 8/12. All proceeds to PI Police, PI Fire. Visit www.competitorme.com FMI

 

*Saturday, August 20

Canadian Diabetes Association Walk/Run/Cycle Fundraiser, Woodstock, NB. After registering at Ayr Motor Centre, participants will walk 2.5/5k, run 5/10k, or bicycle 10k. Hartland’s Andrea Booker, a competitive bodybuilder who has lived with diabetes for 50 years will join us and give a brief talk. Participants asked for minimum donation of $10 to CDA; we hope you will raise additional funds in support of the cause. Contact Ross Kinney ross.kinney@icloud.com FMI

 

Saturday, August 20

Baxter Outdoors/Katahdin Woods & Waters Wild Maine Weekend 5k & 10k Trail Run, Shin Pond. Course weaves through pristine KWW Recreation Area, hugging Penobscot East Branch; mostly dirt logging roads. Registration: 8:30 a.m. at 100 yds. past Matagamon Wilderness Store & Camps. Race start: 10:00 a.m. Cost: $30/5k Solo, $35/10k Solo, $55/10k Team. Evening fun, food, entertainment at Shin Pond Village following race. Visit www.baxteroutdoors.com FMI

 

Saturday, August 20

7th Annual Crossing of Lake Pohénégamook Swim Race, Pohénégamook, QC. Distances: 100 meter Duck Challenge, PFD permitted; 1k, 2k, 3k. Duck Challenge start: 1:00 p.m. at Pohénégamook Municipal Beach, 50 Tête-du-Lac Street. 1k, 2k, 3k race start: 1:30 p.m. (all times Eastern). Cost: FREE! Contact Lisa-Marie Pouliot (418-863-7722 x4105) or loisirs.tourisme@pohenegamook.net or visit www.pohenegamook.net/evenement/traversee-du-lac-pohenegamook-2 FMI

 

Sunday, August 21

26th Annual Tour de la Vallée, Fort Kent. Bring family and friends to ride, walk, or run on a challenging grand tour of the St. John Valley. Bike 25, 50, 62, or 100 miles, mountain bike 35 miles, or walk/run 3, 5, or 10 miles. Fully supported; rest stops, medical, mechanical. Cost: $30/individual, $60/family; individuals must raise minimum of $100 in pledges to ride, walk, run Supports local cancer patients and families. Visit www.paradiscancerfund.org/tour-de-la-vallee FMI

 

Monday, August 22

Woodie Wheaton Land Trust Northwoods Sporting Rhyme & Humor, Forest City. 7:30 p.m., directly “afta dinnah” at Wheaton’s Lodge, 22 Grove Road. Join local guides and volunteers for a lively evening of sporting rhyme and waggish tales. Call 207-448-7723 for Dinner Reservations or bring a chair to join in for dessert. Relax and enjoy an evening of Northwood’s rhyme and local dialect. Contact WWLT (207-448-3250) or WWLToffice@gmail.com FMI

 

Wednesday, August 24

Baxter State Park Evening Program: Who Comes Out at Night?, Millinocket. 7:00 p.m. at Kidney Pond. An evening of exploring the night with your senses, enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of dusk and nighttime. Join Park Naturalist Jean Hoekwater and Interpretive Specialist Acadia Tripp for a night of exploration and learning about the nocturnal creatures in the park. Contact Baxter State Park (207-723-5140) FMI

 

Saturday, August 27

UMPI/Wintergreen Arts Center Color Presque Isle 5k, Presque Isle. If life hands you color…run with it! The event is all about fun, fitness and the arts! The run drops colored powder on runners throughout the course; dress in white and let us supply the color! Registration: 8:00 a.m. at Riverside Park. Race start: 9:00 a.m. Cost: $30/person before 8/1; $40/person after 7/31; free/under 10. Contact Wintergreen Arts Center (207-762-3576) or visit www.umpi.edu/colorpresqueisle5k FMI

 

Saturday, August 27

Crabbe Mountain/VeloNB Diddle Daddle DH and Enduro Race, Center Hainesville, NB. Registration: 9:00 a.m. at Crabbe Mountain Lodge. Course inspection: 9:30 a.m. DH race start: 10:30 a.m. Enduro race start: 1:30 p.m. Awards: 4:00 p.m. (all times Atlantic). Cost Online: $25/race, $40/both. Cost Race day: $30/race, $50/both. Non-VeloNB members must purchase 1-day VeloNB membership for $10. Visit www.goo.gl/QDZpDc FMI

 

Saturday, August 27

Caribou Rec. Take It Outside Series Adult Aroostook River Trip, Caribou. 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The Aroostook River from Washburn to Presque Isle is a favorite destination for locals and visitors. Learn basic kayaking skills, paddle downstream, stop for lunch on the river at Rum Rapids. Cost: $10; includes transportation, gear. Preregistration, bag lunch, snacks required. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or sleeper@cariboumaine.org FMI

 

Saturday, August 27

Presque Isle Historical Society Guided Historic Downtown Walking Tour, Presque Isle. 10:00 a.m.-Noon. Guided two-mile tour begins and ends at the 1875 Vera Estey House Museum, 16 Third Street, and covers over 30 historic sites and individuals. Reservations suggested. Fee: FREE; $2 donation suggested. Contact Kim Smith (207-762-1151) or visit www.pihistory.org FMI

 

Saturday, August 27

Aid for Kids Educational Fair, Houlton. 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Millar Civic Center. Events include SAFE archery, hands-on science project, Maine Forest Service helicopter, Smokey the Bear, Malcolm Science Center, marine touch tank, bounce house, games, prizes, free barbeque. Contact Houlton Rec. (207-532-1313) or visit www.aidforkids.org FMI

 

Saturday, August 27

Woodie Wheaton Land Trust Mushroom Talk, Walk & Dinner, Weston. Talk: 1:00 p.m. at First Settler’s Lodge. Ester Tozier shares knowledge of edible, toxic, medicinal mushrooms; discuss identification. Walk: 3:00 p.m. at East Grand Highlands Trailhead. Bring basket for gathering, sharp paring knife, notepad, pencil. Dinner: 5:30 p.m. at First Settler’s Lodge. Complimentary refreshments, appetizers. Contact WWLT (207-448-3250) or WWLToffice@gmail.com FMI

 

*Sunday, August 28

Mizpah Walk-a-thon, Grand Isle. 4:00 p.m. at Mizpah on the Doucette Rd. A place to reflect, memorialize, and be at peace. The event includes taking a casual walk around the pond honoring our cancer survivors. Luminary candle bags in honor or memory of a loved one may be purchased for $5. Refreshments, free picnic 5:30-6.30 p.m. The highlight of the evening will take place at dusk when all the candles are lit around the pond. Everyone is invited! Call (207-316-3477) or (207-728-3129) FMI

 

Tuesday, August 30

Woodie Wheaton Land Trust Pizza & Film Night, Weston. 6:00 p.m. at Rideout’s Lakeside Lodge. Join volunteers, guests for pizza and “Hardwater,” a film about a treasured Maine tradition that highlights ways in which ice fishing brings people together during the harshest of seasons. Portions of this award-winning movie filmed on East Grand Lake. In this Maine-made film, what happens above the ice is only half the story. Contact WWLT (207-448-3250) or WWLToffice@gmail.com FMI

 

*Tuesday, August 30

Friends of Baxter State Park Book Release Celebration: Plants of Baxter State Park Field Guide, Millinocket. 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Millinocket Memorial Library, 5 Maine Ave. All are welcome; buy a copy of the field guide, have it autographed by lead author Glen Mittelhauser, and meet one or more of the other authors. Contact Friends of Baxter State Park fbspdirector@gmail.com FMI

 

Thursday, September 1

Caribou Rec. Take It Outside Series Adult Grand Falls Gorge/St. John River Boat Trip, Caribou. 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Guided hike around NB’s Grand Falls Gorge; learn the history of what the falls meant to early settlers. 4-hour pontoon boat cruise above Grand Falls; eat lunch aboard the boat, enjoy the beauty of the natural landscape, wildlife. Cost: $50; includes lunch. Preregistration required. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or sleeper@cariboumaine.org FMI

 

*Sunday, September 4

Half Marathon Festival, Saint-François, NB. Registration: 7:00 a.m. at 2033 Rue Commercial. Race start: 9:00 a.m. (all times Atlantic). Cost: $35/half marathon (21k), $25/8k, $20/5k, $6/3k, 1k/FREE before 8/27; $45/half marathon, $35/8k, $30/5k, $10/3k race day; includes chicken BBQ. First 100 half marathon and 8k registrants receive Sports Experts jersey. Contact Gaétane Duval (506-992-2780) or visit www.inscriptionenligne.ca/demi-marathon-saint-francois FMI

 

Monday, September 5

Viking Run, Caribou. Kids’ running races on the Caribou High School 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 5

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 (207-768-9472) or christopher.smith@umpi.edu FMI

 

*Tuesday, September 6-Thursday, September 14

SAD 1 Adult & Community Education Hunter Safety Course. Presque Isle. Tuesdays & Wednesdays: Sept. 6, 7, 13, 14; 6:00-9:00 p.m. at SAD 1 Adult & Community Education, 79 Blake St. Course topics: proper firearms handling (rifle/shotgun), survival/first aid, hunter responsibility, map and compass and landowner relations. Cost: $10. Contact SAD 1 Adult & Community Education (207-764-4776) FMI

 

*Friday, September 9

Friends of Baxter State Park Day Hike of the Owl, Millinocket. The Owl is a challenging day hike with spectacular views of Witherle Ravine and Katahdin. We’ll make the 6.6-mile round trip and enjoy lunch on the summit if conditions permit. Capacity: 11 Host: Aaron Megquier. Advance sign-up required; space is limited. Contact Sarah Holland admin@friendsofbaxter.org FMI

 

Friday, September 9-Sunday, September 11

Appalachian Mountain Club Maine Weekend Getaway: Art & Outdoors Combined, Mt Chase. With comforts of bed, meals provided at Mt. Chase Lodge, participants choose from a range of foliage walks or hikes, artistic endeavors including drawing, printmaking in a welcoming space at the lodge. Participants do not need to be skilled artists or accomplished hikers. Cost: $225/person; includes lodging, meals. Contact Emily Davis emilyjfdavis@gmail.com FMI

 

*Saturday, September 10

CompetitorME Sock it to C.A.N.C.E.R. Kids’ 1 Mile Fun Run, 5k Run/Walk, Presque Isle. An event to celebrate survivorship, offer hope to those currently battling cancer, show support for anyone with cancer, remember a loved one, and to show unity as a community for hope. This event recognizes all cancers. Registration: 7:00 a.m. at Mantle Lake Park. Fun Run start: 8:15 a.m. 5k start: 9:00 a.m. Visit www.competitorme.com FMI

 

*Saturday, September 10

St. John Valley Out of the Darkness Walk, Fort Kent. Join us to walk in memory or support of those who have lost someone to suicide. Suicide can be prevented. Join the movement! Registration: 9:00 a.m. at Fort Kent Lions’ Pavilion. Walk start: 10:00 a.m. with balloon release to follow. Proceeds go to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to help raise awareness, provide education and support to survivors of suicide loss, etc. Visit www.afsp.org FMI

 

Sunday, September 11

TAMC/UMPI/Healthy Aroostook Redy Youth Triathlon, Presque Isle. Competitors will swim, bike, and run on the UMPI campus in three different divisions; 7-9 year olds, 10-12 year olds, 13-14 year olds. Cost: $10/child. Pre-registration required. Visit www.redyyouthtriathlon.org FMI

 

Ongoing Programs:

 

Sentiers Madawaska Trails Blue Loop Challenge, Edmundston, NB. Always wanted to MTB race without stress, cost? This is for you! Open STRAVA account, register, come to the trails, follow blue arrows for 7.5k cross country-style course. Race as many times as you want from 7/2-8/26. 10 fastest in each of 4 categories: Men, Women, Junior Boys/Girls (16 and under) will be in a draw for $100 cash, held 8/29. Everyone welcome, not just locals! Visit www.strava.com/activities/611487055 FMI

 

Fort Kent Outdoor Center Road Bike Ride, Fort Kent. Sundays; 9:00 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

 

County Strides Running Group, Presque Isle. Sundays; 10:00 a.m. at various locations. Open to all abilities; be ready for an easy run of 30-45 minutes, and bring friends! Visit County Strides at www.facebook.com/groups/447181508818122 FMI

 

Rivière-Bleue Appalachian Hiking Club Guided Bootlegger Trail Hike, Rivière-Bleue, QC. Fourth Sunday of each month; 1:30 p.m. at the end of Brissette Way. Hike to Long Lake. Visitors are invited to get acquainted with The Bootlegger trails, which will connect you with exceptional nature, islands, animals, and a magical setting. Cost: Free! Contact Marie-Jo Cormier (418-893-2859) or marie-jo.cormier@riviere-bleue.ca FMI

 

MOJO Monday Meander, Presque Isle. Mondays; 6:00 p.m. at MOJO Outdoor Sports, 30 North St. Easy road bike group ride. Average speed: 14-18 mph for 22 miles. Contact Mark Fullen (207-760-9500) or info@mojooutdoorsports.com FMI

 

Nordic Heritage Sport Club Group Mountain Bike Ride, Presque Isle. Mondays; 6:00 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center Lodge, 450 Fort Fairfield Road. Distance: 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

 

River Valley Runners Fun Run, Woodstock, NB. Mondays; 7:00 p.m. (Atlantic) at LP Fisher Library. Group fun run on “The Loop.” Pace: easy; approximately 4.9k. Visit www.facebook.com/groups/rvrunnersnb FMI

 

Sportsmen’s, Inc. Meeting, Stockholm. First Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Axle Siding Clubhouse (intersection of Lake Street/Rt. 161). Outdoors men and women promoting the traditions of the outdoors. If you’re interested in joining, you’re welcome to attend as a guest. Kids are welcome too! Visit www.facebook.com/Sportsmens-Inc-568794129811741 FMI

 

Friends of Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge Meeting, Limestone. Second Monday of each month; 6:00 p.m. at ANWR headquarters and Visitor’s Center, 97 Refuge Rd. Founded in 1998, Friends are involved in a number of volunteer projects on the ANWR in an effort to balance the enhancing of habitat with the public access privilege to enjoy wildlife in an unmolested environment. Contact Friends of ANWR (207-328-4634) or friendsofanwr@gmail.com FMI

 

LP Fisher Library Walking Club, Woodstock, NB. Tuesdays; 12:00 p.m. (Atlantic Time). A nice 30 minute (2.8k) jaunt, followed by 20 minutes of stretching led by our resident yoga teacher. All abilities, ages welcome (parents, bring your kids in strollers!). Stretches can be done on the floor with our mats or on chairs. Cost: Free! No sign up necessary. Rain or shine (unless it’s really, really bad!). Get out this spring and get moving! Contact LP Fisher Library (506-325-4777) or lpfisher.library@gnb.ca 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 35k to 50k for intermediate to advanced riders. Average speed: 25-30 kmh. Contact Marc-André Martin (506 735-6292) FMI

 

Nordic Heritage Sport Club Meeting, Presque Isle. First Tuesday of each month; 6:00 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center, 450 Fort Fairfield Rd. The club promotes healthy outdoor recreation, economic vitality in Central Aroostook County by providing first-class facilities and programs to area residents, athletes, visitors. Visit www.nordicheritagecenter.org FMI

 

Madawaska Valley Adventure Club Meeting, Madawaska. Second Tuesday of each month; 6:30 p.m. at Four Seasons Lodge, 425 Spring St. Contact Real Deschaine (207-728-4992) FMI

 

Presque Isle Fish and Game Club Meeting, Presque Isle. Last Tuesday of each month; 5:30 p.m. at PIFG clubhouse, Parsons Road. Established in 1947 to help protect, conserve, maintain and restore our natural resources as well as to protect and promote our outdoor heritage. Meetings include a delicious supper, cash bar, short business meeting. Visit www.pifg.org FMI

 

Nordic Heritage Sport Club Women’s Trail Night, Presque Isle. Wednesdays; 6:00 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center Lodge parking lot. May-June. Beginner and advanced groups depart from the parking lot at 6:00 p.m. sharp. Cost: FREE! Visit www.facebook.com/groups/823219364374296 FMI

 

Nordic Heritage Sport Club Group Mountain Bike Ride, Presque Isle. Wednesdays; 6:00 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center Fort Road trailhead, 450 Fort Fairfield Road. 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, 30 North St. 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

 

Fort Kent Outdoor Center Outdoor Activity Night, Fort Kent. Wednesdays; 6:00 p.m. at FKOC. June 15-August 17. All-ages activity options include: volleyball, badminton, horseshoes, bocce ball, soccer, mountain bike riding, trail walking/hiking—or whatever the leader feels like doing! Cost: Free/FKOC member, $5/non-member. Contact Laura Audibert La4568@roadrunner.com or Sylvia Dow-Harvey sdowharvey@gmail.com FMI

 

Four Seasons Trail Association Meeting, Madawaska. First Wednesday of each month; 6:30 p.m. at Four Seasons Lodge, 425 Spring St. Non-profit organization dedicated to promotion of healthier lifestyles for this community; participation open to anyone interested. Visit www.fourseasonstrail.org FMI

 

Fort Fairfield Frontier Fish and Game Club, Fort Fairfield. Second and fourth Wednesdays of each month (fourth Wednesdays during summer); 6:00 p.m. at FFFFG clubhouse on Monson Pond, 550 Dorsey Rd. Founded in 1958 to help conserve, protect, maintain, and restore our natural resources and to promote our outdoor heritage. Visit www.heyevent.com/venue/bmyulgbaawlhca FMI

 

River Valley Runners Fun Run, Woodstock, NB. Thursdays; 7:00 p.m. (Atlantic) at LP Fisher Library. Group fun run on “The Loop.” Pace: easy; approximately 4.9k. 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. 20-30 miles; 1.5-2 hours. Pace: moderate to fast; 16-18 mph. All abilities ride; no mountain bikes. Focus on improving group riding skills, safety and etiquette. Spirited at times, but we regroup several times along the way. Contact Andrew Bouchard (207-551-7027) or andrew@bikeboardandski.com FMI

 

River Valley Runners Fun Run, Woodstock, NB. Saturdays; 8:30 a.m. (Atlantic) at LP Fisher Library. Group fun run on “The Loop.” Pace: easy; approximately 4.9k. Visit www.facebook.com/groups/rvrunnersnb FMI

 

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