Instead of its usual staffed spring trail running series, Midcoast Conservancy invites runners to use two marked courses at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson to put some spring in their step! One loop is 2.5 miles of relatively level terrain; the other is 3.5 miles and includes several hills and narrower trails ; Midcoast Conservancy's AmeriCorps volunteers have placed plenty of signage to ensure that routes are clearly marked.
Runners can time themselves on the loops to help with training goals. Those who are so inclined can share their times on the Race Through the Woods Facebook page; training groups can run separately, as current protocol suggests, and share run information at https://www.facebook.com/RaceThroughtheWoods/.
For incentive, runners might want to register now for the fall Race Through the Woods which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 27. State event guidelines permitting, there will be a 5.5 mile race as well as a half-marathon course. The race is open to all levels and having fun is the most important part of the day! A kids’ obstacle course will allow even the youngest athletes to have a great time. To register, go to https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/events/race-through-the-woods-3/
For more information and an online trail map, go to https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/preserve/hidden-valley-nature-center/