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East Grand Adventure Race


May 12, 2018
08:00 - 17:00
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Danforth, ME United States + Google Map

May 12, 2018 @ 08:00 - 17:00

13th Annual East Grand Adventure Race, Saturday, May 12th 2018. Hosted by the East Grand School and Outdoor Education Program, directed by Dave Conley of Canoe the Wild.

WHERE: Danforth, Maine
WHEN: 7:30AM- 4:00PM

Scroll down for Race Registration Form

Teen, Adult, JR/SR, and Open Divisions. Relay teams are a great way to take part without having to do the entire race course.

RECREATIONAL KAYAKS are welcome in all divisions.
NEW NON COMPETITIVE FAMILY DIVISION…Parents/adult mentors with kids and teens, take part in a condensed non competitive version of the race. Compass run and paddle legs leaving out the biking leg.
NEW CHALLEGES: Look for new and exciting challenges such as scaling a wall, crawling through a culvert, identifying 5 evergreen branches at an environmental station, a new compass bearing challenge, and perhaps of real interest for teens, is a paintball challenge where racers earn time off when hitting moving targets! We’ll keep the mud pit crawl and perhaps the log rolling (if the day isn’t too cold). Challenges along the race course are optional and can earn minutes off your overall course time.

All racers are entered in a drawing for a new Old Town Discovery Canoe, paddle and PFD donated by Old Town Canoe.

North Maine Woods Passes: All racers are entered into a drawing for 2-$280.00 Family Season Passes to the North Maine Woods.

$1050.00 in Student Prizes (1st and 2nd place teams)

7-$100.00 & 7 $50.00 Gift Certificates to Ski Rack Sports are awarded to the 1st and 2nd place winners (race in pairs) in the High School Boys, Girls and Mixed as well as the Juniors in the Jr/Sr. Division.

East Grand Adventure Race, May 13, 2017 Video

Pictures of this 2017 Event
Bangor Daily News Story About the Race, 3-31-17
Course Changes Yearly, is about 20 miles, includes an off trail compass run approx. 1 mile, 10 miles of mountain biking on woods roads and trails, 8 miles of canoeing/kayaking, and challenges along the way as described above.

Divisions: Race in pairs in the High School Boys, Girls, Mixed, Adult Men, Women, Mixed, Jr./Sr., (Jr./Sr. minimum age is 12 and must compete with an adult). The Family division is for kids/teens with parents/mentors, can be 2 or more people, includes the compass run and paddle legs slipping the bike leg. Open division (can be any size group, relay, solo, 3,4,5,6, race boats, etc.).

34 Mile Flat Water Race: (a separate race) From the headwaters of the Baskahegan Stream in Kossuth to Bancroft. This runs in conjunction of the Adventure Race as a paddle only option. (min age is 16 unless accompanied by an adult).Pre-Registration required, checkin is 7:00AM sharp then load and go! Questions? Contact Dave Conley, Phone 207-551-8729, Email dave@canoethewild.com

Adventure Race Day Schedule
7:30-8:30 check in at the East Grand School Gym.

Leave your boats on your vehicles upon arrival, enter the gym to checkin, turn in any incomplete paperwork, (signed waivers & registration forms) and receive your racing map and bib number.

Next, drive to the boating landing (1/3 mile from the school) and drop off your numbered boat (left and right front). Be sure to place your paddles, life jackets and an extra bag with a layer and outer shell/rain coat for the paddling portion (especially if it is a cold/rainy day).

Upon returning to the school, number and load your bikes and any loose gear needed at checkpoints (numbered) onto the appropriate vehicles & trailers in front of the school. Pre race meeting is 8:45AM, load buses for the starting line at 9AM.

After the outdoor course is completed, race participants and canoes/kayaks are shuttled (ongoing shuttle) back to the school’s gym for lunch and awards. Showers are available in the gym. We are aiming to done by 4PM.

Safety and organization:

Danforth Fire Department
Dirigo Search and Rescue of Old Town
Downeast Ambulance
Plus over 40 local volunteers will be assisting with the race
Level of difficulty: While the race will be physically challenging. It is not beyond the reach of those who are in reasonably good physical condition. We highly recommend a routine of training, well before the race that includes biking, jogging/running and canoeing. There will be a mandatory five minute break between each element to take a short break, eat a snack, and take a drink before heading out on the next leg of the race. Drinks and snacks provided at checkpoints.

Breakfast: Eat a good breakfast prior to arriving at East Grand. (The Millyard Cafe serves breakfast and is located 1/3 of a mile north of the school. Rt. 1 on the left).

Racing Numbers: Each team will be issued a number to place on the right front of your canoe, on loose gear needed at transitions points such as paddles, life jackets and extra clothing and to pin on outer clothing for the compass run and mountain biking legs of the race.

Racing Order: 1 mile compass run, 10 miles off road mountain biking on woods roads, trails, obstacles, and 7 miles of mostly flat water with some riffles and class I canoeing.

Equipment & Clothing
Bikes: Mountain bike (any style of mountain bike is fine), Helmets required.

Canoes & Kayaks: Recreation canoes-16% at the 4″ waterline, min. weight-6LBs plus 3LBs per ft. of length. These canoe are usually made of ABS, Royalex, and Polyethylene materials. Example, Old Town Discovery Series 169 and 174, Penobscot Series 17 & 18.5). Specialized Racing boats and racing kayaks are permitted in the open division. Two proper fitting type III PFDs and these must be worn during the race. At least three paddles (one being a spare.), baler. Optional: a farmer john style wet suit in case of cold, rainy weather or if a canoe upsets.
Map: You will be given a waterproof map with starting and ending points (A to B) for the compass run. You will need to take into account for declination (see PDF of map and compass basics below). The bike and canoe routes are clearly marked on the map. The bike route is marked by yellow direction of travel signs.

Compass: You will need a basic compass with lanyard that includes a base plate with direction of travel arrow. Know how to use your compass with a map! While point A to B is given for the compass run. It is your responsibility to become familiar with how to align a map taking into account for declination and following a bearing. Be sure to download ‘How to use your map & compass’ below.

Clothing: Racers should have proper clothing and footwear. Clothing should be of synthetic materials (fleece & Polypropylene) used with an outer shell such as a wind breaker. You may want to place a spare set of clothing in your canoe in a waterproof bag to change into in the event of an upset canoe and or a cold/rainy day.

Staying overnight: If you are coming a long distance and prefer to come the night before. Options range from pitching a tent on East Grand Lake, to lodging in the area.

First Settler’s Lodge (breakfast served)
Greenland Cove Cabins
Cowgers Cabins
Rideout’s – East Grand
Showers Available in the gym: You may want to take a shower after completing the outdoor course.

Directions To East Grand High School:
When coming from central and southern Maine, take 95 north to exit 227.
In Lincoln, take a left onto Rt. 6. Follow Rt. 6 through town and east to Springfield.
In Springfield, take a left onto Rt. 169, bear right twice over the next 20+ miles for Danforth.
In Danforth, cross over the train tracks go up over the hill and take a left onto Rt. 1 north, the school is on the right.
From the Houlton area and points north, take Rt. 1 South to Danforth, the school is on the left.
From Down East Maine, take Rt. 1 north, Rt. 1 makes a right turn in Danforth, turn right and the school is on the right.
Questions? If you need more information, please contact Dave Conley

Home Tel. 207-448-2743, Cell/Text 207-551-8729

Email: dave@canoethewild.com

Adventure Race Sign Up is by Pre-Registration
Entry fee is $20.00 per person when we receive your registration and payment by 1PM on Friday. Entry fee covers lunch, adventure race t-shirt, and attractive trophies to the top three finishing teams in each division. Special pricing for the family division, $20.00 per person for the 1st 2, others $5.00 each. Please make checks payable to East Grand School. Late Entries: Registration the day of the Race is $30.00 per person.

Check-in: Begins at 7:30AM, closes promptly at 8:15AM. Teams have until 8:40AM to number & load bikes onto the trucks and trailers in front of the school, number and drop off boat/boats at the landing in town, indoor compass challenge in the gym. 8:45AM is pre race talk, then we load the buses and head to the starting line of the compass run.

Download Forms (click below)
2018 Adventure Race Registration Form
Compass, How To
Baskahegan Stream 34 Mile Race Forms
2018 Baskahegan Stream 34 Mile Canoe Race Registration Form
Mail completed forms and checks to:

Jennifer Bergman Gilman
East Grand School
31 Houlton Road
Danforth, ME 04424
Checks are payable to East Grand School Adventure Race

Our Sponsors
The Conservation Fund, The Conservation Fund works to conserve working forests and natural areas and support related community efforts.

The First Settler’s Lodge, Local overnight accommodations all with private baths and views of the surrounding Grand Lake areas, including: luxury suite, bunk style loft, and four spacious bedrooms that accommodate two to six people

Old Town Canoe, All racers will be entered into a drawing for a new Discovery Old Town Canoe donated by Old Town Canoe. Thanks Old Town Canoe for supporting our event and assisting getting folks of all ages connected outdoors in the woods and waters of Maine!

Machias Savings Bank With a focus on community involvement and showing exceptional people in our community just how much we care.

Woodie Wheaton Land Trust To promote the protection, preservation and conservation of land and water in the Boundary Lakes region of eastern Maine and western New Brunswick for the benefit of present and future generations.

Ski Rack Sports of Bangor We Want You to Enjoy the Outdoors as Much as We Do! Since 1984, Ski Rack Sports has been the headquarters for everything outdoor adventurists could need for the trails, slopes and streams.

North Maine Woods Contributes generous donations of gift certificates for day use and camping in the North Maine Woods, T-shirts and Hats.

Pictures of Past Adventure and 34 Mile Baskahegan Canoe & Kayak Race (separate races)

Organized by: Canoe The Wild

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