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Spring breaking out on the Eastern Trail
Eastern Trail Alliance E-News May 2018

Get those sneakers laced up!!!

Stretch those legs!!!!

The 2nd Annual John Andrews 5K will take place on
Saturday, May 19th at O’Reilly’s Cure – 264 US Route 1 – Scarborough – 9AM sharp.

  John Andrews, Founder of the Eastern Trail  O'Reilly's Cure logo

This event honors John Andrews, Eastern Trail founder, mentor and friend.

John's vision to create the Eastern Trail started in the early 1990's. He was persistent, but patient, and made tremendous progress in a relatively short amount of time. After starting this amazing effort, John lived on the trail, used the trail, and guided countless others to understand and appreciate this great resource. Sadly, John passed away in February 2017.

Registration fees are $20 prior to the event, $25 on the day of the event. For those over 21, one beer or glass of wine is included with registration fee! Last year’s event was so much fun, we hope to exceed the fundraising and fun again this year!

This is a tobacco-free, rain or shine, event. Please leave strollers and dogs at home. Thank you.

Not a runner but want to be part of the fun? Consider joining us to help register runners before the start or assist along the course cheering on runners and handing out water. To volunteer for the JA5k contact our Volunteer Coordinator at

More information here.

11th Annual Snowy Egret 5K

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Monday, May 28, 2018

The Snowy Egret 5K is the primary annual fundraiser for Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center, with additional proceeds benefiting Eastern Trail Alliance. The 5K course covers both pavement and dirt paths along the Eastern Trail. This event will take place rain or shine!

Kids 1K Fun Run starts at 8:30 am

5K Run/Walk starts at 9:00 am

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 Missa Gaia Concert Raises $2000 for the Eastern Trail

Missa Gaia Concert was held on April 28th. The event welcomed over 500 in the audience and 160 singers at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Portland. Our table with information was visited by Eastern Trail enthusiasts and those requesting information about the trail.

The Missa Gaia celebration of the earth and her wonderful creatures really held the audience throughout the concert. The Eastern Trail is proud to have been chosen as the donation recipient of this event. The symmetry of the ETA and Paul Winter and his consort could not have been better. Thank you Voices in Harmony for including us!

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Only a few seats left!!!!

Don’t miss out on an interesting evening to discuss
the Health and Economic Benefits of Trails at the
Eastern Trail's Annual Meeting|

Wednesday, May 16th from 6–8PM at the Vinegar Hill Music Theatre.

Our guest speaker is Dave Reed, VP of Medical Oncology at Dana Farber Institute and a board member of the East Coast Greenway.

Hear about the progress the ETA has made with the Close the Gap Project and our concentration on Blazing the Trail South from Kennebunk to the Berwicks! This is an opportunity to meet the ETA trustees, Executive Director and staff. Meet other ETA members, and representatives from the various trail communities.

. Please email to let us know if you are interested in attending.

More information here.

Gap Tracks Program 

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On Tuesday, May 1, Dr. Noah Perlut and his students presented their findings from the first year of their “Gap Tracks” program.

Their findings were derived from hours and hours of video footage from the 8 strategically placed cameras around the Gap between South Portland and Scarborough on the Eastern Trail. The students extracted the information and presented their findings pertaining to animal and human traffic on and off of the trail. Identifying the seasons with the most activity, the various species found on the trail and their behavior throughout the year.

We highly recommend following their Facebook page and liking their page.

More information on the study here.

Maine Lighthouse Ride logo 

15th Annual Maine Lighthouse Ride – September 8, 2018
We are almost at 50% full!!!!!

Register Now Here

This year’s ride will help us celebrate our 15th year of the MLR!!!!
Upgraded pizza choices, local salad produce; SHIPYARD is back as is FRIENDLY’S!!!
GREAT Raffle prizes, wonderful rest stops with friendly volunteers along the route,
MLR Socks!, Photo Booth at SMCC to commemorate your ride with friends and family, great music and a lifetime memory!

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There’s also a rumor that there may be a lobster bake the night before the ride - More Details to come closer to the date.
Space is filling up…and rates will increase on August 1st..

Current Rates – Members $75 / Non Members $95
Effective August 1st –
Members $85/ Non Members - $105
If you become a member for $35 (individual) $50 (family) we will welcome you with a lower MLR rate and a FREE Trail Guide!!!    Go here to join now.

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ET Trail Ambassador vest back

 Become an Eastern Trail Ambassador!!!

Do you enjoy being out on the trail? Meeting people? Learning about the history of the area and sharing what you've learned? Perhaps looking for an activity to do with your partner, spouse or best buddy? Want to become more involved with the Eastern Trail and your community?
Then we invite you to become an Eastern Trail Ambassador!
You even get one of those fun vests!!!
Go here for more information.

Eastern Trail 

Links provided below to each event, AND more can be found on our online Events Calendar

Wednesday, May 16th  Eastern Trail Annual Meeting – 6–8PM – Vinegar Hill Music Theatre, Arundel

Saturday, May 19th - 2nd Annual John R. Andrews 5K – 9AM – O’Reilly’s Cure - Scarborough

Monday, May 28th – Snowy Egret 5K – 9AM – Scarborough Marsh

Tuesday, May 29th – Full “Full Flower” Moon Walk – 8PM – Biddeford & Scarborough

Saturday, June 30th – MEND EXPO – 12PM–5PM – 605 US Rt 1 – Scarborough

Sunday, July 1st – MEND the Gap 10K – Scarborough

Saturday, September 8th – 15th Annual Maine Lighthouse Ride – SMCC, South Portland

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In every walk with nature, one receives more than he seeks –
John Muir

Close the Gap Campaign
(n) Being part of a group
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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