A Title Defended, A New Winner Crowned at the Autumn Trail Race
The second race in the Double Trouble Challenge took place on Sunday, November 4th at Sumner Memorial High School in Sullivan
SULLIVAN—For the past six years, Jennifer Britz of Bar Harbor has claimed the Double Trouble Challenge prize for the top female trail runner in Eastern Hancock County. On Sunday, at Frenchman Bay Conservancy’s Autumn Trail Race, she proudly defended her title for the best combined time in Frenchman Bay Conservancy’s Autumn Trail Race and Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust’s Wildlands Race in Orland a week earlier. The male finisher with the best time in both races, at first announced incorrectly, is Matt Broughton of Blue Hill. Matt is a first time Double Trouble Challenge winner.
In four competitions on Sunday’s Autumn Trail Race, over 70 runners sprinted through the woods and splashed in puddles at Frenchman Bay Conservancy’s Baker Hill and Long Ledges Preserves, natural areas adjacent to Sumner Memorial High School. In the 8-mile course, the top male finisher, Bryant Perkins of Bar Harbor, posted a 1:14:45 time. The top female finisher in the 8-mile, Elli Hartig of Bar Harbor, ran a 1:24:50 time. The overall winners of the 4-mile course, Patrick Powers of Searsmont and Jennifer Britz of Bar Harbor, posted 35:53 and 36:20 winning times, respectively. Complete results are available at www.coolrunning.com.
Making Trail Racing Possible
The Autumn Trail Race is made possible by the hard work of many volunteers who steward the trails, mark the course, and prepare a chili lunch and prizes for runners. In total, Frenchman Bay Conservancy maintains 28 miles of public access trails across in Eastern Hancock County, not only for running, but also for hiking, fishing, dog-walking, hunting, birdwatching, snowshoeing, and more.
The Autumn Trail Race is a part of the Downeast Conservation Trail Race Series, a series of six races hosted by organizations working to preserve Downeast Maine’s natural heritage. The final race of the series, Friends of Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge’s Ghost Run, is on November 11 in Baring. More information is at www.downeastconservationraces.org.
Frenchman Bay Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust conserving distinctive ecosystems, lands, and waters for the benefit of all from the Union River watershed east to the Hancock County line—including over 8,000 acres of land and 28 miles of trails. Trail maps, complete race results, and event photos are online at www.frenchmanbay.org
For questions or more information, please contact Austin Schuver, Community Engagement Coordinator: (207) 422-2328 or [email protected]