Press Release

Viles Arboretum to hold 5K run

AUGUSTA, Maine — Mark your calendars and register early for the officially timed and sanctioned September 8  “Run for the Trees” – cross country race through the  fields and forests of the Viles Arboretum.

 Walkers are also welcome and daycare will be provided with nature activities for the for children while parents take the 5K challenge.

 Run for the Trees is in memory of Nathaniel Chauncy MacConnell.  MacConnelll was born and raised in Portland, the eldest child of Chip and Rebecca MacConnell, who were co-owners of the well known pub, The Great Lost Bear. He was a senior at Deering High School at the time of his untimely death in a very tragic accident on Tukey’s Bridge in Portland on 13 January 2002, which also took the lives of Crystal Young and Jason Carr. Nathaniel loved Maine and he loved the outdoors so having a run in his memory at the Viles Arboretum is fitting.

 Official timing is provided by New England Timing. Registration opened as of June 1st at www.runreg.comChef DesMeules will cook Smoked Maple chicken for a post run feast. There will be music,  a silent auction and  prizes for all leading times in each class.

 The Viles Arboretum, centrally located in Augusta on 224 acres of fields, forests, wetlands and botanical collections offers an ever-changing selection of programs for the general public and for schools. We focus on interactive, creative and hands-on teaching with a focus on natural history and unlocking everyone’s natural ability to understand the nature of our world through your own eyes and by using your own intellect.

 You can learn more about the Arboretum and its programs, or how to become more involved by checking our website at, checking our Facebook page or simply by stopping in or calling us at 207- 626-7989.


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