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Annual Race Through the Woods to be held Sept. 28

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Courtesy of Hidden Valley Nature Center
Courtesy of Hidden Valley Nature Center
Lorna Fake and Kami Peasley were proud finishers of last year's 5.5-mile race.

JEFFERSON, Maine — The Hidden Valley Nature Center will host the 4th annual Race Through the Woods trail races, beginning 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at the Hidden Valley Nature Center, Egypt Road. This year, runners can choose between a 13.1-mile half-marathon or a 5.5-mile race.

Are you inspired by the tranquility of running on rustic trails deep in the Maine woods? Do you enjoy the challenge of highly varied terrain, where slippery roots or loose rocks demand your concentration and sharpen your focus? Then you should register for a beautiful fall “Race Through the Woods” at Hidden Valley Nature Center. Explore the exciting mix of single and double-track trails over rolling terrain in this challenging racecourse. Find the race map online at, and start training today.

Racers of all levels are encouraged to participate. Some will be racing the clock and others will be racing themselves. The day will feature local, delicious food at a fair price, beer from Sheepscot Valley Brewing, games for kids and adults, a bon fire, and live music. Come for the race, but plan to stay and celebrate. Each racer will receive an official T-shirt, and prizes will include local food and gift certificates to Lamey Wellehan’s running store.

New this year: kids ages 5-12 are invited to participate in a Kids Race Through the Woods beginning at 9:30 a.m. The race will be a short obstacle course and will be timed. After the official race, the kids course will be open all day. Registration for kids is free.

Registration is $20 for the 5.5-mile race and $30 for the half-marathon. Prices go up $10 after Sept. 1. Registration information is online at All proceeds will support the maintenance of HVNC trails and educational programs.

HVNC is a nonprofit education and recreation center in Jefferson. HVNC hosts more than 40 annual events related to nature-based education, sustainable forestry, and non-motorized recreation. Open to the public 365 days a year, dawn to dusk, HVNC features thirty miles of multi-use trails. For more information, visit, call 200-8840, or write to