Time: Sun, Oct 1, 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Hidden Valley Nature Center
Midcoast Conservancy will host the 7th annual Race through the Woods trail race on Sunday, October 1 at Hidden Valley Nature Center (HVNC) in Jefferson. Are you inspired by the tranquility of running on rustic trails deep in the Maine woods? Do you enjoy the challenge of highly varied terrain, where slippery roots or loose rocks demand your concentration and sharpen your focus? Then you should register for a beautiful fall “Race through the Woods” at Hidden Valley Nature Center. Explore the exciting mix of single and double-track trails over rolling terrain in this challenging racecourse.
Racers will have two course options to choose from: a 13.1 mile half-marathon or a 5.5 mile race. Both courses present their own challenges, but they both navigate through deep forests and beautiful trails. Last year over 100 total racers competed.
This race is open to beginners, novices, and experienced trail runners alike. If you’ve never been in a trail race this is a great, fun event to start with. The atmosphere is not competitive, and there is a great spirit of camaraderie. After the race everyone is encouraged to stick around and enjoy a bonfire, hot cider or a beer from one of the local breweries. Local food vendors will be on site all day.
Kids 9 years and under can participate in a fun obstacle race starting at about 10:30am (after the other races have taken off). The race will be only somewhat competitive; the goal is really just to have fun. Each racer will receive a ribbon and an official HVNC patch! Register online using the link below- registration for kids’ race is free. The course will feature small hurdles, jumps, and mazes. After the official race, kids are welcome to enjoy the course at their own pace.
Race fees are $30 for the half marathon, and $20 for the 5K. Prices go up after September 1. Each racer in the half marathon and the 5.5 miler will receive a Race Through the Woods t-shirt with registration. Additional prizes will be given to first place finishers (men and women) in age categories. Prizes will include local food and goods donated by businesses and volunteers. There will also be gift certificates from running stores.