Bike ride raises funds for youth mentoring organization

Posted June 26, 2012, at 4:20 p.m.

THOMASTON, Maine — Trekkers, a local youth mentoring organization, hosted its fourth annual Pedal to the Port bike ride on June 9. All funds raised during the event will support the Trekkers’ core programs.

Eighty-five riders, including 18 current students and 11 alumni Trekkers, participated in the event. Participants chose one of three routes, which took them from Oceanside High School West to the St. George peninsula and back. The 35-mile and 47-mile options included a water-rest stop at the Marshall Point lighthouse in Port Clyde. The event also offered students a 12-mile option that was led by Trekkers’ program staff and a board member.

Dozens of community volunteers contributed to the event’s success. Volunteers welcomed and registered participants before the ride. Representatives from Side Country Sports in Rockland answered riders’ questions and offered complimentary bicycle tune-ups. Joel Fishman from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine shared safety suggestions with participants before the ride began. Volunteers from Rockland, South Thomaston, St. George and Thomaston EMS monitored major turns and intersections along the routes. Members of the St. George Fire Department and other helpers put up the tent at the site of the post-ride luncheon. And many volunteers helped to prepare and serve the potluck-style cookout at Oceanside West for all bikers and participants.

The primary Pedal to the Port 2012 sponsors were FMC BioPolymer, Harbor Builders, Harbor Road Veterinary Hospital, Lonza Rockland and Maine Coast Petroleum, Inc. Other businesses that sponsored the event were Bar Harbor Bank and Trust, Bay Chiropractic Center, Brooks Trap Mill, Coastal Documentation, Domino’s Pizza, Monhegan Boatline, Norman Assurance Associates, Ocean Pursuits, Port Clyde General Store LLC and Weskeag Inn. Cafe Miranda and the Market Basket provided gift certificates for the event prizes.

“The success of this event — and the success of our youth mentoring programs — is dependent on the generosity and support of a community who cares about the young people who are growing up here,” Trekkers Executive Director Don Carpenter said. “We are so grateful for the way this community comes together to support Trekkers and local youth.”

Trekkers is a nonprofit, outdoor-based mentoring organization that connects young people with caring adults through expeditionary learning, community service and adventure-based education.

To learn more about Trekkers, visit trekkersonline.com or call the Trekkers office by calling 594-5095.

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