Race through the Woods at Hidden Valley Nature Center

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 8:45am

Midcoast Conservancy will host the ninth annual Race Through the Woods at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson on Sunday, Sept. 29. Registration is open; this event sells out every year, so racers are encouraged to sign up early. For runners who are inspired by the tranquility of running on rustic trails deep in the Maine woods and enjoy the challenge of highly varied terrain, where slippery roots or loose rocks demand concentration and focus, this is the race to run. Explore the exciting mix of single and double-track trails over rolling terrain in this challenging racecourse.

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, but they both 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 camaraderie. After the race everyone is encouraged to stick around and enjoy a bon fire, hot cider or a beer from Sheepscot Brewing 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 a.m. (after the other races have taken off). The race will be only somewhat competitive; the goal is really just to have fun. Register online using the link below- registration for 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 $25 for the 5K. Prices go up after Sept. 1. Racers can purchase a Race Through the Woods T-shirt when registering. 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. The race is sponsored by First National Bank.

To register, go to

For more information, call (207) 389-5150 or email