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Eastern Trail Alliance E-News April 2020

We never thought there would be a time in our lives where we would be asked to stay home, stay 6 feet apart, stop hugging each other, shaking hands and going out.  We also never thought there would be a time where we had to ask people to limit their time on the trail due to overcrowding!!!!

Thank you for choosing the Eastern Trail as your comfort during these trying times.


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From the Desk of Carole Brush, Executive Director of Eastern Trail Management District

Take It Outside!

A huge Shout Out to all our Eastern Trail supporters and users who are practicing the social distancing of 6’ apart on our trails and not exceeding the designated parking available at each trail head. While we need to evaluate on a daily basis, we are doing our best to keep the trail open. Many thanks for your support in assisting us with this effort.

In these unprecedented times, it is so incredibly important to take care of ourselves – body, mind and spirit! Fortunately, it's spring and not the middle of winter and the Eastern Trail affords a wonderful, 10’ wide opportunity to get out there and stay 6’ apart. The opportunities to enjoy the benefits nature offers are plentiful – walking, cycling, exercising and appreciating the beauty and solace the natural world provides.

In my life outside of the ET, I am a personal trainer, yoga, Pilates and fitness instructor for the YMCA of Southern Maine. Some of us put together a few short videos on exercising outdoors while staying 6’ apart. Here’s two for you to check out:

I’m impressed by the spirit and creativity all of us are exhibiting during this time. Together, we will get through this. Thank you all for being responsive to the “new normal” guidelines, staying 6’ apart and remaining positive. Please stay safe and healthy.

All the best,


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From the Desk of ETA President Emeritus, Bob Hamblen
After months of preparation, workouts, logistics and organization, our friend Bob Hamblen was all set to ride his bike from coast to coast this spring. That is, until an unwelcome guest shut down the U.S.
Read Bob's article here: Trails: Life or Death Matter? Maybe!


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Races Go Virtual!!!

Submitted by ETA Board Member – Kelly Whetstone

Even though the Eastern Trail JRA 5K has been cancelled for 2020, no one says another virtual race may not pop up! Our board member Kelly shares with all of us how she has been able to keep in shape and still enjoy the various events, albeit virtually.

Read Kelly's article here: Races Go Virtual

Please keep the Eastern Trail in mind for any virtual event you are thinking about as we get through this time together!
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Trail Thoughts from ETA Board Member Eric Wright

With the increased traffic on the Eastern Trail, many people have found parking lots to be overflowing during peak hours. This has been a big issue at the Pine Point lot. As much as I have wanted to see more people on the trail, it is just not the safest place to be at peak times. Instead of finding another place to ride my bike, I have changed up my schedule and do more riding at night and early morning. With some good quality lights, the Eastern Trail after dark is a great place to ride or run and much easier to adhere to social distancing practices.

Here are 5 tips that will make night riding on the Eastern Trail more enjoyable. Read Eric's article here: Eric Wright's Trail Thoughts

Your representatives at work….
At a recent Eastern Trail Management District meeting, we had the pleasure of welcoming Kristine Keeney, ECG New England Coordinator and Dick Bradbury, ECG Board Member to discuss their involvement in supporting the ETA while working with Maine representatives in Augusta.

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Clockwise starting on the left – Joe Yuhas, ETA rep; Jim Bucar, ETA rep; Bill Reichl, ETMD Pres. & Scarborough rep; Ryan Sommers, Saco rep; Mark Reed, North Berwick rep; Bryan LaVerriere, Kennebunk rep; Tom McCullom, South Berwick rep; Bob Hamblen, ETA/ECG rep; Tad Redway, ETMD VP & Arundel rep; Val Camire, ETMD Treas. & Old Orchard Beach rep; Carole Brush, ETMD Exec. Dir.; Marianne Goodine, ETMD Sec. & Wells rep; Dick Bradbury and Kristine Keeney, ECG reps.

Missing (taking picture) Nancy Borg, ETA rep.

Vet to Vet article includes one of our ETA founders – Tom Daly!

Susan Gold, an ETA member and founder of Vet to Vet in Biddeford was
profiled recently in the Portland Press Herald. An added bonus is a great picture of Tom Daly!

Shopping a lot via Amazon these days?
If yes, do you know that AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.  So please change your link to read:, and choose the Eastern Trail Alliance as the non-profit you support!
Thank you!

Looking for more things to do?

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Take a look at this excellent “Week-A-Year” video put together and shared by Dave Read of the East Coast Greenway Alliance.
Nine years ago, riders started at the Canadian border in Calais, Maine and began a ride south along the 3000-mile East Coast Greenway. They rode for a week each year between 2011 and 2019 to cover the entire trail.

Stream of Thoughts by Board Member, Bryan Gallant

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A useful resource right in our backyard, or in my case our front yard. Lunch runs to the marsh then back by the Willowdale golf course on the way back to work. Racing against 1800 other athletes from all over the world at Ironman Maine 70.3 and being the first finisher from Maine. An early morning bike ride from Portland to Portsmouth following the ET signs the whole way, then back again. A nice long run starting by heading down to Bug Light with my daughter, then looping through Portland and back home over the Veterans Bridge. The best part is, we have ended up with a nice 3 bedroom house with room for all our bikes, skis and chickens right across the street from the Eastern Trail.

In these unsettling time I look forward to many more adventures on the Eastern Trail, as we progress with our mission.

Please share with us YOUR thoughts about these times and how the Eastern Trail has helped you and your friends and families.

Your support of the Eastern Trail is more valuable than ever.

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There is no doubt the Eastern Trail is a wonderful resource in all our lives – but we need your support. Becoming a member of the ETA not only supports this vision, but also helps with the construction of future miles, maintenance, safety, and enjoyment for generations to come.
For the price of a good meal, or a family going to a movie, your membership can help us achieve our goal of 65 miles of off road trail.

Please join the Eastern Trail Alliance.

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