2,000 bicyclists to kick off 180-mile, 3-day trek

Posted June 18, 2010, at 12:05 a.m.

BETHEL, Maine — Some 2,000 bicyclists will gather at Sunday River Ski Resort in Bethel today to continue a long-standing Father’s Day weekend tradition.

The 26th annual Trek Across Maine is a three-day, 180-mile ride from Sunday River to Steamboat Landing Park in Belfast.

“The trek has become more than just an annual bicycle ride and fundraiser,” Jeffrey Seylor, CEO of the American Lung Association of New England, said in a press release. “The individuals and businesses who participate in the trek as riders, sponsors and volunteers become year-round advocates and partners in the work we do to protect lung health and promote healthier air in Maine.”

Seylor said this year’s trek is hoped to raise $1.8 million.

The Trek Across Maine has evolved from a simple charity event to a strong tradition for many families and businesses. In addition to the 2,000 riders from Maine, 28 other states and Canada, more than 500 volunteers are donating time to the event this year.

The cyclists were scheduled to travel today from Sunday River to University of Maine at Farmington. On Saturday, they are supposed to continue to Colby College in Waterville. The ride concludes Sunday with the last 50 miles of the trip, culminating at Steamboat Landing in Belfast.

For more information about the Trek Across Maine or the American Lung Association of New England, visit the website biketreknewengland.org.

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