Biddeford -In the midst of the uncertainty of COVID-19, the Eastern Trail Alliance will not hold its usual in-person event, the 2020 Maine Lighthouse Ride, on a single day. Instead, the event will take place with a ‘do it yourself’ flavor, challenging participants to choose their own path, and their own distance, their own experience. The MLR is the Eastern Trail’s largest operational fundraiser. This annual event helps keep the lights on and allows us to continue our mission to complete this glorious 65 mile trail.
The event has been renamed the Maine Lighthouse Experience and will take place the week of September 5-12, offering participants an opportunity to not only ride, but to walk or run a route of their choice in support of the Eastern Trail. The ETA will provide participants with some suggested routes for various lengths for those completing the event in Maine. A Go Pro Video of the various Maine Lighthouse Rides –25, 40, 62 and 100 miles will be available so you can either ride it at home, or ride it in person! All participants will be entered to win raffle prizes. Every rider, runner and walker will earn additional raffle entries based on their level of participation.
“Given the social distancing and stay at home orders, it has never been more evident how important the Eastern Trail truly is to our Maine community. Our 65 miles of glorious on and off road trails have offered a wonderful reprieve for these uncertain and stressful days. The Lighthouse Ride is the Eastern Trail’s largest operational fundraiser. This annual event helps keep the lights on and allows us to continue our mission to complete an off road 65-mile trail,” states Nancy Borg, Executive Director of the Eastern Trail Alliance. “Though we cannot be together for fellowship and celebration, we feel it is imperative to continue supporting our mission,” Borg concludes.
Plans are currently underway. Stay tuned for more information by visiting https://www.easterntrail.org/mle or following the Eastern Trail on Facebook or Instagram.