Loon Echo’s annual major fundraising event in support of our land trust.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Shawnee Peak Ski Area
Loon Echo preserves nearly 6,700 acres of land and maintains 31 miles of trails in the northern Sebago lake region. The trek is the single biggest fundraiser for the land trust each year. There are 25, 50, 80 and 100 mile courses for bikers over quiet, scenic roads in Western Maine. The 100 mile course is considered the hardest Century Ride in Maine. Rest stops manned by an army of volunteers are strategically located along the course. Bike tuning services are located at the start area and a sag wagon will be sweeping the course. New this year – a Time Trial option located on the North Road in Bethel for those on the 80 and 100 mile routes who wish to add a little spice to their ride for bragging rights.
For hiking participants, there are 4.5 and 6 mile routes on scenic trails over Pleasant Mountain. Shuttle service to trailheads is provided with both routes finishing at the after event party at Shawnee Peak.
Rest stops with snacks and fluids along the courses and trails are manned by an army of volunteers eager to assist participants.
Traditionally, participants get sponsored by the mile to add to the conservation impact of their registration. Add your pledges on the registration page or bring a check to registration table at the event.
To Register CLICK HERE
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
7:00-9:30AM Day Of Registration Available
7:00AM Check in starts for 80 and 100 mile rides, and Hike & Bike
Shawnee Peak Ski Area parking lot
8:00AM Century and 80 mile rides depart. Hike & Bike shuttles
Depart immediately after cyclists leave.
8:15-10:00AM Check in for 25 and 50 mile bike rides, and hikes
Shawnee Peak Ski Area parking lot
8:20-10:00AM Shuttles to hike trailheads depart
Leave every 20 to 30 minutes
10:00AM 25 & 50 mile rides depart
12:00-5:30PM Post-Trek party
Massages from Richard Bader Physical Therapy
Taco and baked potato bar
INFORMATION FOR ALL TREKKERS
The Norway Savings Bank Loon Echo Trek is held at Shawnee Peak Ski Area, on Mountain Road, located six miles west of Bridgton just south of Route 302. For directions visit ShawneePeak.com.
Ample parking is located directly across Mountain Road from the baselodge at Shawnee Peak. The lot will be well signed.
Restrooms are available in the Shawnee Peak Baselodge. Follow signs.
The Trek check-in desk is located outside the Shawnee Peak Sugar House at the base area.
There will be three registration tables. One is for pre-registered participants, the second is for day-of registrations (cash, check or credit cards accepted), and the third is for commemorative tee-shirts. Hikers and bikers will register in the same area. Signs will direct you.
All cyclists must depart promptly at 8AM or 10AM with their fellow riders or forfeit Trek support. Please note, Hike & Bike participants are required to check-in with volunteers between the hike and bike portions of the event.
Visit the check-out station upon your arrival to let us know you have arrived back. You must check out, so that our volunteers do not go out looking for you!
The Trek will be held rain or shine. The event will be cancelled only if the weather is dangerous (hurricane, lightning storm, etc.) Cancellation information will be posted on the Loon Echo Land Trust website, on the Loon Echo Trek Facebook page, and in a recorded message on the LELT office telephone (207) 647-4352 by 6:30AM on Saturday morning. Average temperatures in Bridgton on this date range from 44 to 68 degrees. In the past, the Trek has been as hot as 80 degrees and as cold as 40 degrees. Come prepared, dressed in layers, for a three to eight hour journey.
If you cannot attend, or if the event is cancelled due to dangerous weather conditions, your registration fee will be considered a donation to Loon Echo Land Trust (sorry, no refunds).
Thank you for going the extra mile!
Thank you to Trekkers who are going the extra mile to protect more land in Maine. All pledges are due at check-in on Trek day to qualify for the prizes. If possible, enter your pledges online in advance of the event using your personal fundraising page through PledgeReg.com. If you have collected cash or checks for pledged donations (either in full or in addition to online pledges), please place pledges and pledge form (located at the bottom of this page) in an envelope with your name on it and turn it in at check-in.
All who raise at least $250 get a goodie bag, including a 2017 day pass to Shawnee Peak. Plus, we’ll reward the top fundraisers with great prizes.
Thank you to our sponsors – we could not host this event without you!
2017 NORWAY SAVINGS BANK LOON ECHO TREK SPONSORS
Cardinal Printing/Minute Man Press, Diane Lewis Designs, Five Fields Farm, Food City, MacDonald Motors, Squeeky Clean Laundry, Jones and Matthews, P.A., Chalmers Insurance, Pearl Izumi, Oakhurst Dairy, Northeast Delta Dental, Kurt Christensen Custom Homes, Coca-Cola, Badger Balm,
Please visit the Event Calendar for Loon Echo monthly activities such as walks, hikes, educational opportunities, fundraising events and more.”