Trekkers, a local youth mentoring organization, hosted its fourth annual Pedal to the Port bike ride on Saturday, June 9th. All funds raised during the event will directly support the Trekkers’ core programs.
Eighty-five riders, including 18 current students and 11 alumni Trekkers, participated in this year’s family-friendly event. Participants chose one of three routes, which took them from Oceanside High School West down 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. This year’s 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 complementary bicycle tune-ups. Joel Fishman from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine shared safety suggestions to all 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.
Twelve local businesses sponsored this year’s event. The primary Pedal to the Port 2012 sponsors included 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 & 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. Café Miranda and the Market Basket provided gift certificates for the event prizes.
Sharing his appreciation for all the community volunteers and local sponsors, Trekkers Executive Director, Don Carpenter, commented, “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. We are so grateful for the way this community comes together to support Trekkers and local youth.”
Trekkers is a non-profit, 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, please visit www.trekkersonline.com or contact the Trekkers office by calling 207-594-5095.