Each June, for nearly three decades, the American Lung Association of the Northeast has hosted the annual Trek Across Maine, the organization’s largest fundraiser nationwide. To prepare for this year's ride, Maine Sport Outfitters will host an informal bike ride and information night.

Join the American Lung Association on Thursday, April 11 at Maine Sport Outfitters, 115 Commercial Street (Route 1), for an informal bike ride at 5:30 p.m. followed by a Trek Info Night at 6:30 p.m.

Prior to the meeting, an informal bike ride will take place at 5:30 p.m., for cyclists of all abilities. It is a great way to meet other cyclists in the area who are training for the Trek. At 6:30 p.m., Gale Auclair from the American Lung Association will offer a Trek overview, including: how to prepare and train, fundraising strategies, what to expect over the three-day event, what to wear and volunteer opportunities.

Admission for the infomation night is free, however, registration is encouraged. Email gauclair@LungNE.org or call (207) 624-0302. In cases of inclement weather, call to confirm. Registration and more information on the Trek Across Maine is available at Biketreknewengland.org.

The Trek Across Maine is a three-day, 180-mile adventure, from the mountains to the sea (Sunday River in Bethel to Belfast), providing breathtaking views, adventure and an unmatched sense of camaraderie. Proceeds from the bike trek benefit lung disease research, advocacy, and programs as well as the Fight for Air.

This year's trek is June 14-16. The trek began in 1985 and is closing in on its 30th year.

The American Lung Association of the Northeast is part of the American Lung Association, the oldest voluntary health organization in the U.S. Established in 1904 to combat tuberculosis; the mission today is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. The focus is on air quality, asthma, tobacco control and lung disease. The American Lung Association in the Northeast serves Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

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