Stone Coast Wellness presents the Beach to Beech Hill 5K race Oct. 14, beginning at 8 a.m. at Goodie's Beach, on Rockport harbor and ending at the top of Beech Hill, to celebrate the opening of Maine Coast Heritage Trust's new Connector Trail. The route will extend through the new trails at Erickson Field.

Walkers are also encouraged to explore the trails, which are 6 to 8 feet wide, and are hardened gravel. Folks are invited to hike through all the trails, which offer an easy incline and pleasant conditions.

Spectators may park at Erickson Fields Preserve or Beech Hill Preserve and cheer on the runners.There will be an awards ceremony for race finalists, a raffle drawing and refreshments at the top of Beech Hill.

To participate in the Beach to Beech 5K, register online at or the day of the race between 7 and 7:45 a.m. The race fee, $10 for runners under 18 or over 70, and $20 for those in between, will help defray the costs of the event. Rain date is Oct. 15. For more race info, visit Stone Coast Wellness on Facebook or call 236-2739.