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    East Grand Adventure Race


    May 12, 2018
    08:00 - 17:00
    Event Category:


    Race Length #1
    Easy (Beginner-friendly)
    Bike, Kayak/Canoe/Paddle, Run/Trek


    Danforth, ME United States + Google Map

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


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    13th Annual East Grand Adventure Race, Saturday, May 12th 2018. Hosted by the East Grand School and Outdoor Education Program

    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.
    DOOR PRIZE: All racers are entered in a drawing for a new Old Town Vapor Kayak, paddle and PFD donated by Old Town Canoe.

    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.).

    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


    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.


    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

    Our Sponsors
    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 Vapor kayak 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.



    Organized by: Canoe The Wild



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