Race through the woods Oct. 1

Posted:  Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 5:00pm

Midcoast Conservancy will host the seventh annual Race Through the Woods at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson on Sunday, Oct. 1. Racers will have two course options to choose from: a 13-mile half-marathon, and a 5.5 mile race. Both courses present their own challenges and navigate through deep forests and beautiful trails.

This race is open to beginners, novices and experienced trail runners alike. The atmosphere is not competitive, and there is a great spirit of comradery. After the race, everyone is encouraged to stick around and enjoy a bon fire, hot cider or a beer and a lunch of corn chowder, sides and dessert. Prizes will be awarded for different age classes at the end of the day.

Kids 10 years and under can participate in a fun obstacle race starting at about 10:30 am, after the other races have taken off. The race will be only somewhat competitive; the goal is to have fun. Each racer will receive a ribbon and an official HVNC patch. Registration for the kids’ race is free. The course will feature small hurdles, jumps, and mazes. After the official race, kids are welcome to enjoy the course at their own pace.

Race fees are $35 for the half marathon, and $2 for the 5K. Each racer in the half marathon and the 5.5 miler will receive a Race Through the Woods t-shirt with registration. Additional prizes will be given to first place finishers (men and women) in age categories. Prizes will include local food and goods donated by businesses and volunteers. There will also be gift certificates from running stores. To register for the races, including the kids race, go to https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/events/race-woods-trail-race/. For more information, call (207) 389-5150 or email info@midcoastconservancy.org