Trekkers, a youth mentoring nonprofit, recently hosted its third annual Pedal to the Port bike ride. All funds raised from the event will directly support the organization’s core programming.

Attracting more than 70 riders, Pedal to the Port featured three route options along the St. George peninsula. The 35-mile and 47-mile routes included the Marshall Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde. The ride also offered a family-friendly 12-mile option.

Dozens of community volunteers contributed to the event’s success. Volunteers welcomed and registered participants at Georges Valley High School before the ride. Chris Christie from Bikesenjava in Rockland answered riders’ questions and offered complementary bicycle tune-ups. Joel Fishman from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine shared safety suggestions to all participants before the ride began. Volunteers from the Rockland, South Thomaston, St. George and Thomaston EMS monitored major turns and intersections along the routes. Volunteers also hosted a potluck-style cookout at Georges Valley High School for all riders and participants after the ride.

Many local businesses sponsored the event. The primary Pedal to the Port 2011 sponsors included Eastern Tire, Fisher Engineering, Harbor Builders, Harbor Road Veterinary Hospital, Lonza Rockland, and Maine Coast Petroleum Inc. Other businesses that sponsored the event were Bikesenjava, Cafe Miranda, Coastal Documentation, FMC Biopolymer, The Grasshopper Shop, Hannaford, The Harpoon, Hoggy’s, In Good Company and Ocean Pursuits.

Trekkers Executive Director Don Carpenter shared his appreciation of the community volunteers and sponsors who contributed to the event. “We’re so grateful that the community comes together to support Trekkers and local youth,” Carpenter said in a news release.

Trekkers is a nonprofit outdoor-based mentoring organization that connects young people with caring adults. Serving more than 160 local youth each year, Trekkers enrolls students in the seventh grade and then follows them as they partake in unique educational expeditions for six years until graduating from high school.

To learn more about Trekkers, visit trekkersonline.com or contact the Trekkers office by calling 594-5095.