Get set for Run for the Hills

Posted Sept. 04, 2011, at 10:19 p.m.

BELFAST — Coastal Mountains Land Trust is gearing up for its third annual Run for the Hills 10-kilometer competitive road race Saturday, Sept. 10, in Belfast. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at Waterfall Arts on 256 High St.

The entry fee is $30, including race day. Runners also may opt to collect sponsorships with a minimum of $250. Businesses, groups and families are urged to get teams together to participate, adding to the fun and competitive spirit of the day. Prizes will be awarded for the individual and team that raise the most sponsor money overall, as well as the first man and woman, and first finishers in each age category. The first 100 registrants will receive goodie bags, featuring the trail map “Belfast Naturally” by Hartdale Maps. For safety reasons, and because of the nature of the route, dogs and strollers are not permitted.

Run for the Hills is made possible by lead sponsor Bank of America, as well as additional support from Peg Worth of Town & Country Real Estate, Waldo County General Hospital, Darby’s Restaurant & Pub and Cold Mountain Builders. Businesses that contributed prizes for Run for the Hills include Colonial Theater, Delvino’s Trattoria, Mr. Paperback, Perry’s Furniture, Renys, Redstar Sunglasses and The Weathervane Restaurant.

The scenic route will highlight several local conservation projects, including the land trust’s Stover, Head of Tide and Stephenson preserves, as well as a conservation easement and a trail managed by the land trust on the city of Belfast’s property. These properties are part of the land trust’s Passagassawakeag Greenway Campaign, an initiative to create a public trail network on conserved land along the banks of the Passagassawakeag River. Participants will travel along the river, where ospreys and bald eagles frequently are spotted. The route will finish on the Belfast Footbridge.

All net proceeds from the Run for the Hills will benefit the land trust’s land conservation work in the Greenway and throughout the western Penobscot Bay region.

Registration forms, sponsor sheets and route maps may be downloaded at . http://www.coastalmountains.org/. For more information about the Run for the Hills or the land trust, call 236-7091.

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