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Nonprofit Conservation Group Host 6th Annual Trail Race Series

Sullivan –  Frenchman Bay Conservancy (FBC) is hosting the Autumn Trail Race in Sullivan on Sunday, November 4. Together, the trail races make up the Double Trouble Challenge. Participants who run both races are eligible for special prizes.
The GPMCT Wildlands Trail Race in Orland’s scenic Great Pond Mountain Wildlands offers two courses
this year: a two-mile fun run or a 6.3-mile challenge run. The 6.3-mile course covers dirt roads and single
track trail, with lovely views and plenty of roots, rocks, and mud. The total climb is approximately 1,200
feet. The two-miler goes out the scenic Hothole Brook Trail and back. Race day registration starts at
10:00 am, and races begin at 11:00 and 11:15 am. Enter through the Wildlands South Gate on Rte. 1, near
the Rte. 176 intersection.
The FBC Autumn Trail Race starts and finishes at Sumner Memorial High School in Sullivan, offering a
4-mile run on FBC’s Long Ledges & Baker Hill Preserves trails or an 8-mile course traversing the
forested Schoodic Connector Trail and dirt road. Runners can expect steep climbs, exposed granite
ledges, tree roots, old white pines, and views of Long Pond. Race day registration starts at 9:00 am and
races begin at 10:15 am and 11:00 am
Lunch is provided at both races. Please, no dogs. Swag is available to the first 50 entrants who preregister
for each event, and there are special prizes for top finishers who complete the original Double
Trouble Challenge, which is GPMCT’s 6.3-mile run and FBC’s 4-mile run
Pre-registration cost ranges from $10 for the GPMCT fun run to $35 for both events in the Double
Trouble Challenge. Pre-registration for all races is available online at: https://www.runreg.com/doubletrouble-
trail-race-challenge. Register two family members for any run, and additional kids under 15 run
free! More information, downloadable registration forms, and maps can also be found
at www.greatpondtrust.org or www.frenchmanbay.org
These races are a part of the Downeast Conservation Trail Race Series, six races hosted by organizations
working to preserve Downeast Maine’s natural environment. The races run from Saturday, August 11 to
Sunday, November 11 and are held on community supported nature and wildlife preserves from Orland to
Baring. The series circuit offers runners the chance to test their ability on over 45 miles of track through
varied terrain and wild Maine landscapes. To learn more about other races in this series visit
www.downeastconservationraces.org.
Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust owns and maintains the Wildlands, a 4,500-acre wildlife,
hunting, and recreation preserve in northwest Hancock County. Frenchman Bay Conservancy protects
over 8,000 acres of distinctive ecosystems, lands, and waters in eastern Hancock county for the benefit
all, including over 25 miles of public access trails.
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For questions, please contact Landon Fake, GPMCT Executive Director at [email protected]
or 207-469-6929; or Austin Schuver, FBC Community Engagement Coordinator at
[email protected] or 207-422-2328

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