The Eastern Trail is excited to announce that we will host the 2021 Maine Lighthouse Ride.
This event is increasingly popular with Mainers as well as friends and supporters from all over the country. The scheduled date for the event is September 11, 2021, and online registration is planned to begin on March 1, 2021.
“We are looking forward to organizing the annual Maine Lighthouse Ride”, said Bob Hamblen, Eastern Trail Alliance President, “which will help us learn how to adapt to a difficult situation and at the same time offer up a world-class recreational opportunity.” The Alliance is also considering options to include a companion walking/running event during the Lighthouse Ride on the Eastern Trail itself, which offers opportunity for COVID-friendly events over a larger geographic area.
In addition to the Maine Lighthouse Ride, the Alliance also plans to strategically re-start additional long-standing events to provide recreational opportunities and financial support to build new trail and maintain existing trail. Jon Kachmar, Executive Director of the Eastern Trail, remarked on the “tremendous excitement building for working with partners and supporters of the MEND Autumn and Ales 10k, John Andrews Classic 5K run as well as the Alliance’s annual Gala.” It is hoped that re-starting these familiar events will help people and communities along the Eastern Trail by providing a healthful and fun recreational opportunity as well as an economic stimulus for the cities and towns who have access to use the trial. Check the Events page for updates on dates and registration information for these additional events.
The Eastern Trail is a planned 65-mile off-road multi-use trail from South Portland to Kittery, Maine, of which 23 miles has been built to date. The trail provides local, state and regional benefits through recreational trail opportunities, alternative transportation options, and community engagement in Southern Maine. The Eastern Trail’s three primary campaigns include trail-building efforts: Close the Gap in Scarborough and South Portland, Over the River through downtown Biddeford and Saco, and Blazing the Trail South from Kennebunk to the New Hampshire border.