2018 Norway Savings Bank Loon Echo Trek Successful
Since its beginning in 2001, the Loon Echo Trek has been the land trust’s major fundraising event. Hiking Pleasant Mountain trails has been part of the event since 2007. The “Trek” showcases Loon Echo’s conserved land on Pleasant Mountain which the nonprofit organization conserves for the benefit of future generations.
“I’d like to thank our major sponsors Norway Savings Bank, Shawnee Peak, WMWV Radio 93.5 fm, and Migis Lodge,” said Matt Markot, Loon Echo’s event manager, “From all reports, it was a successful and fun day.”
Bridgton, ME – Under warm bright skies with a hurricane holding off to the south, runners and hikers participated in the 18th edition of the annual Norway Savings Bank Loon Echo Trek on Saturday, September 16. In addition to the traditional recreational hiking category, this year’s Trek introduced an 8.4 mile mountain challenge event. Starting at the base of Shawnee Peak Ski Area, trail runners ascended Pleasant Mountain and followed Loon Echo’s trails as they turn south to reach the historic “Teepee” on the Southwest Ridge summit. Competitors then reversed course passing the mountain’s highest summit for the second time and finally descending back to the finish in front of the ski area’s base lodge. Runners ascended over 3000’ during the competition.
The top five runners included Floyd Lavery (Sebago, ME) who posted the winning time of 2:04:44 over the 8.4 mile course. Eva Johnson (Sweden, ME) posted the fastest female finish less than four minutes later with a time of 2:08:42. John Keller (Gray, ME) posted a time of 2:18:03, Sherry Burnell (Denmark, ME) came in at 2:28:57 and Bill Ames (Naples, ME) finished in 4:42:19.
Thirty-five recreational hikers participated by traversing the six-mile mountain ridge course in support of Loon Echo’s conservation efforts.
The event provided all participants with snack and water at three stations spaced out along the mountain ridge which was staffed by volunteers. Communications along the course was provided by members of the Oxford County Amateur Radio Club. A taco bar lunch, Allagash Beer and ice cream provided by the Causeway Dairy Bar were served to all participants and volunteers at the post-event party at Shawnee Peak’s baselodge.
Loon Echo is currently engaged in the acquisition of the 252 acres surrounding the Bridgton Historical Society’s farmstead. Donations to support the purchase can be mailed to: LELT, 8 Depot Street suite #4, Bridgton, ME 04009.
Loon Echo protects nearly 6,700 acres of land and manages 31 miles of multi-use trails in the northern Sebago Lake region. Its mission is to work with the local residents to conserve the region’s natural resources and character for current and future generations. Loon Echo serves seven towns including Bridgton, Casco, Denmark, Harrison, Naples, Raymond and Sebago with an area of 320 square miles located directly north of Sebago Lake. Loon Echo works within its service area to safeguard water quality, preserve scenic gems such as Bald Pate Mountain, Hacker’s Hill and Pleasant Mountain, and provide outreach and fun educational programs to the public. Loon Echo assists landowners to take steps to ensure future generations will benefit from the preservation of their lands. Member support is what enables Loon Echo to carry out their mission and provides funding for their land conservation and stewardship endeavors.