FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 9, 2016
Thousands of racers to join Portland Trails for 17th Annual Trail to Ale 10K and celebrate 25 years of trails and community
Portland, ME – Portland Trails has many reasons to celebrate this September. All year, Portland’s non-profit land trust has been celebrating its 25th birthday, and this month the 17th Annual Trail to Ale 10k Race/Walk kicks off on Sunday, September 18. Over 1800 runners and walkers flock to the race start at the Eastern Promenade to support the trails many of them use every day.
The race is a local favorite. Participants enjoy waterfront trails in their peak season, and look forward to sipping a cold beer and dancing at the Eastern Promenade after party following the 6.2 mile course. Pizza, healthy snacks, yoga, kinesio taping, and massages are provided complimentary to runners as well.
“As an organization, we’re turning 25 this year, and working to serve the community better than ever. The Trail to Ale has been going for 17 years, and it grows in new ways each year” Portland Trails Executive Director, Kara Wooldrik said. “Runners and walkers know how important it is to support the trail network that provides their free daily exercise. And, our corporate sponsors understand how important the trails are to Portland’s way of life.”
Unique to Trail to Ale is the option for runners to compete as “6-Pack Teams”. Many local businesses send teams to participate, and many teams return every year as an annual tradition. Awards are given to top three male and female finishers in each age category, the top three Portland Trails members, and to the three top teams.
Roads will be closed surrounding race course starting around 8:30am, including: Eastern Promenade from Congress St. to Washington Ave including side streets, as runners pass through until 9:15am.
Entry to Trail to Ale and after-party is $35, with registration online at www.trails.org/t2a, or in person 9/16 and 9/17. Proceeds for Trail to Ale support Portland Trails and the trail network used and loved by visitors and locals alike.
Portland Trails thanks the following Trail to Ale sponsors: Lead Sponsors, Cigna, MaineToday Meida, and Health Maine. Gold: Shipyard Brewing Company, Fleet Feet Sports Maine Running, Jade Integrated Health, WCLZ, The Maine Magazine, Portland Pie Company. Silver: Benchmark Realty, Martin’s Point Health Care, Poland Springs, SMRT Inc., Bronze: Orange Theory Fitness, Whole Foods, Sunrise Guide, Spectrum Medical Group, Double Tree, CBRE Boulos Company, Verrill Dana.
About Portland Trails
Portland Trails transforms Greater Portland into a healthier community for people-powered transportation, conservation and recreation by creating and maintaining a network of trails and green spaces. Join Portland Trails on Facebook, Twitter.
To learn more, please contact:
Communications & Outreach Coordinator
305 Commercial Street
Portland, Maine 04101