Runners starting out at the November 6, 2016 Autumn Trail Race
2016 Autumn Trail Race
On Sunday, November 6, Frenchman Bay Conservancy (FBC) held the 5th annual Autumn Trail Race portion of the Downeast Double Trouble Trail Race Series hosted in collaboration with the Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust Wildlands Trail Run. The Autumn Trail Race is a 4 mile race that starts and finishes at Sumner Memorial High school. Seventy-nine enthusiastic runners ranging in age from 8 to 70 years old came out for the race on a cool, crisp, and breezy fall morning. After a short dash across the playing fields of Sumner Memorial High School, runners entered the woods onto the tight, single-track hiking trails of FBC's Baker Hill and Long Ledges Preserves. Through these woods runners encountered steep climbs, exposed granite ledges, gorgeous views, tree roots, varied and wild terrain, old white pines, and a glimpse of Long Pond. New this year, an extended 8-mile race option was offered traversing the newly cut trails of the Schoodic Connector Trail (check out the recent article in the Portland Press Herald about the new Schoodic Connector Trail). Everyone's efforts were rewarded following the race with a chili lunch held in the Sumner High School cafeteria.
Congratulations to Andy Goupee & Jennifer VanDongen, the male & female overall winners of the 4 mile race and Brendan O'Keefe and Barbara Daggett, the overall male & female winners of the new 8 mile race! The complete list of runners and times is available here.
THANK YOU to the sponsors of the Downeast Double Trouble Trail Race Challenge: Awards Signage and Trophies, Cadillac Mountain Sports, Dave's Tractor Services, DaVinci Signs, EBS, Morton's Moo, Nicholas S. Vachon DPM, Peacock Builders, Road ID, and Stanley Subaru. THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who donate their time and talents to make this event possible!
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Frenchman Bay Conservancy's video for the Land Trust Alliance "Land is my" video contest is now open for voting. Click on the above image to cast your vote for FBC! Voting ends November 14th; the top three videos will receive a grant, and the top video will receive $10,000! Cast your vote and share with your friends. Thank you!
Frenchman Bay Conservancy's 2016 Maine Conservation Corps Environmental Steward, Jake Manning
Farewell to Jake!
After nearly six months of service, Jake Manning, our Maine Conservation Corps Environmental Steward, will be ending his time at Frenchman Bay Conservancy. Jake has led our weekly volunteer work days, cleared and blazed miles of hiking trails, assisted with outreach efforts and events, and completed numerous stewardship projects including building and installing multiple new trail head kiosks and hiker registration boxes! He was a critical addition to our team during a particularly busy summer. Thank you for all your hard work, Jake, you'll be missed!
If you missed the WERU radio spot featuring FBC's Executive Director, Aaron Dority and Bob DeForrest with Maine Coast Heritage Trust discussing land trusts, conservation efforts in the Downeast region, and the Downeast Education and Research Network, check out the link to the archived show!
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