CALAIS _ Participants paddled, ran and biked more than 20 miles earlier this month during the 8th annual Washington County Community College’s Outdoor Adventure Race.
Each year teams from both sides of the international border take on the grueling task of competing and this year was no exception.
“It was my second year doing it and we saw the team category increase, we had five,” said Chris Woodside, coordinator of the Outdoor Recreation Center. “What was unique, all those who participated in the team portion of the race were from the Saint John, New Brunswick area in Canada.” The Team Challenge consisted of three competitors who ran, biked and paddled and one support person.
There was only one relay team from East Grand School that competed this year; it had four participants and one support person.
Although an individual could have competed, no one signed up for that phase of the race this year.
The 21.1 mile course started at the college with competitors on mountain bikes racing from there through the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge. From there they whitewater canoed from Hayward Lane to the Milltown Bridge. The next leg was a run along the waterfront that ended near the Calais Free Library. The final leg was kayaking back to the school.
“It was interesting because when they were kayaking it was at low tide so they had to carry all of their kayaks through the muck and up over the hill at the finish line,” Woodside said. “The team that finished fourth passed the other team in the muck, but they got in the water 15 minutes behind the other team.”
Three of teams were returning teams from last year and included the Old Bulls, the New And Improved Young Bulls and the Baby Bulls. For the third time in a row, the Old Bulls took first prize. “The Old Bulls crossed the finish only 1/2 minute ahead of the Baby Bulls,” Woodside said. “But the Baby Bulls did not get their orienteering challenge, which is part of the race, so they fell to third place.”
The Old Bulls winning time was 3:07.22. The team members included: Cody MacKinnon, Carl Tremblay, Frederic Bouchard, and Marc-Andre Gosselin.
Second place was won by the New and Improved Young Bulls.
First prize was a $150 certificate to Ski Rack Sports along with a trip for two of whitewater rafting from North Country Rivers.
Woodside praised WQDY/WALZ -FM for broadcasting the race, the Moosehorn National Wildlife and the St. Croix Amateur Radio Club. The club served as a volunteer communication link for the race. “Because cell phone doesn’t always work, they were invaluable to us,” he said.
Additional sponsors included: Alpenglow Sports, Ski Rack Sports, Johnsons True Value Hardware, PCT Communications, Cobscook Hikes and Paddles, Maine Tourism Association, Bangor Savings Bank, Dead River and the WCCC Student Senate.
Woodside said he already was planning next year’s race.