UMM Students Plan Upcoming Running and Canoe Races
Machias Valley Run to take place April 21; East River Challenge set for April 28
MACHIAS, Maine – Students in the Environmental Recreation and Tourism Management program at the University of Maine at Machias have been busy planning two upcoming adventure races. The Machias Valley Run, which includes several road races for adults and youth, will be held Saturday, April 21. The 21st Annual East River Challenge, an exciting canoe race down the East Machias River, is set for Saturday, April 28.
The Machias Valley Run, held Saturday, April 21, will feature a morning of half-marathon, five-mile, and one-mile road races.
Registration for the half-marathon will take place at 8 a.m. in UMM’s Reynolds Center Gymnasium, with a 9 a.m. start at the bottom of College Hill in Machias. The race ends at Roque Bluffs State Park. Registration is $15 for the public or free for UMM students.
The five-mile run starts and ends at Roque Bluffs State Park. Registration is at 9 a.m. at the Roque Bluffs Community Center, and is $10 for the public or free for UMM students. The race starts at 10 a.m.
The one-mile fun run will take place in Roque Bluffs, starting at the end of the Schoppee Point Road and finishing at Roque Bluffs State Park. Registration is at 9 a.m. at the Roque Bluffs Community Center, and is $2 per participant. The race starts at 10 a.m.
The UMM soccer team will be selling food as a fundraiser. Registered runners will receive a free meal.
Community partners for the Machias Valley Run include Roque Bluffs State Park, the Town of Roque Bluffs, and the Machias and Roque Bluffs fire departments.
Part of the MaCKRO (Maine Canoe and Kayak Race Organization) race series, the East River Challenge on Saturday, April 28 is a six-mile canoe race that starts at Palmer’s Landing on Hadley Lake and winds its way down the East Machias river. The final leg of the race is a challenging set of rapids through Mill Park in East Machias.
Registration is at 10 a.m. at Palmer’s Landing with a race start time of 11 a.m. An awards ceremony will be held at the park’s bandstand, located between the two bridges in East Machias, following the race.
The race is open to anyone 12 years or older and there is a registration fee of $12 per person. All racers must wear approved personal flotation devices and protective helmets.
A raffle for a kayak with paddle and life jacket will be held the day of the race. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at Palmer’s Landing and at Mill Park near the finish line. The winner will be drawn during the awards ceremony immediately following the completion of the race.
The East River Challenge is sponsored by Coca Cola and Sunrise Canoe and Kayak.
For more information on either event, contact Andrea Ednie, assistant professor of recreation management, at 255-1303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.