Camden Snow Bowl Trail Fest featured trail running and bike race

By Staff | Oct 03, 2017
Photo by: Michael O’Neil Trail running enthusiasts of all ages turned out for 3K and 10K races at the second annual Trail Fest at the Camden Snow Bowl Sept. 30.

CAMDEN — Competitors from age seven to 70 and their supporters turned out for the second annual Camden Snow Bowl Trail Fest Sept. 29 and 30.

The Trail Fest is produced by Baxter Outdoors, Trail Runners of Midcoast Maine, and Midcoast Maine New England Mountain Bike Association.

The weekend kicked off Sept. 29 with an evening of Maine-made recreational-themed films presented by The Maine Outdoor Film Festival and their outdoor theater.

Festivities continued on Sept. 30 with Baxter Outdoors’ eighth trail running and second and final duathlon event in the New England Trail Series season, in which a total of 143 competitors biked and ran nearly 600 miles.

"This is a great event supported by a great community," said race director, Adam Platz of Baxter Outdoors.

"Their drive for adventure and fresh air is contagious and I can't wait to come back in 2018. The 2017 event was a step up from last year. More racers, more live music, more energy, more fun."

Both the 5K run and the 10K bike race climbed up one side of Ragged Mountain, rewarding athletes with spectacular views at the top. The 3K run offered a trail running experience without the 1,000 foot climb.

Plenty of non-racers turned out throughout the day to cheer on the competitors and enjoy the food vendors, live music by The Brad Hutchinson Project, gear tents, information tables, guided bike trail tours including a “Youth Explorer Series” reunion ride, bike demos, a beginner orienteering event led by orienteering "guru", Hans Bengtsson, and more.

Every mile biked raised money for Midcoast Maine New England Mountain Bike Association thanks to Sidecountry Sports, and every mile run raised money for Teens to Trails thanks to Maine Sport Outfitters.

Event organizers extended a huge thank you to all those who made the event such a success, with special thanks to race director Baxter Outdoors, race local sponsors Sidecountry Sports and Maine Sport Outfitters, Trail Fest co-producers Trail Runners of Midcoast Maine and Midcoast Maine NEMBA, and hosts Camden Snow Bowl and Town of Camden Parks and Recreation Department, Coastal Mountains Land Trust and private land owners.

The Fest also appreciates its 2017 supporting sponsors: The Waterfront Restaurant, Bagel Café, Megunticook Campground, Birchwood Sustainable Lodging, Hannaford, Green Tree Coffee and Tea, and Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors.

Race results can be viewed at: http://www.baxteroutdoors.com/Results/Results_2017_Camdentrailfest.pdf.

To see more images of the race and festival visit the Camden Snow Bowl Trail Fest page on Facebook.

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