Run for the Trees Race open for registration

Posted Aug. 28, 2012, at 12:17 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Registration is open for Run for the Trees, a cross country race through the fields and forests of the Viles Arboretum on Saturday, Sept. 8. The event also is open to walkers. Child care services will be provided. Race day also will include food, music, a silent auction and prizes for the leading times in each class.

Run for the Trees is in memory of Nathaniel Chauncy MacConnell, son of Chip and Rebecca MacConnell, co-owners of the Great Lost Bear pub in Portland. MacConnell and two of his friends, all teenagers, died in an accident in January 2002.

The overall winner with the best time in the race will be presented with an oak Irish harp hand-carved by master carver Peter Smart of Balleykelly, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Smart is a longtime friend of Nathaniel’s aunt, Syndi Holmes, who volunteers at the arboretum. When Smart heard about the run he asked if he could create the trophy. He is known for his intricate carvings of Celtic knot designs and Celtic crosses. He often donates the crosses for charity fundraisers in the United Kingdom and the United States.

The oak from which the race trophy is carved was donated by Henry Smyth, also of Balleykelly, Smart’s friend and neighbor.

To register for the race online, go to runreg.com or stop by the arboretum office to obtain a regisration form. Registration fee is $30 to benefit the arboretum.

For information, call 626-7989.

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