East Grand Adventure Race

10th Annual 20 Mile East Grand Adventure Race
Saturday, May 9, 2015, Danforth, Maine, 7:30AM- 3:30PM, Teen & Adult Divisions, Relay Teams welcome in the open division.
Over $1,000.00 in Youth Prizes
Results of 2015 Race (View or Download file Below)

Andrew Latvis

This year's race is in Memory of Mr. Latvis who was a teacher at East Grand School for 25 years. 
Andrew loved the outdoors. This years t-shirt design includes a picture of Andrew during an early morning paddle down the Baskahegan 
last May to check out an island where he ran safety for the race that year.   

Course Changes Yearly, is about 20 miles, includes an off trail compass run approx. 1 mile, 10 miles of mountain biking on woods roads and trails, 7 miles of canoeing/kayaking and challenges along way which  will include a TOUGH MUDDER CRAWL, TOMAHAWK THROWING, LOG ROLLING AND TWO PERSON CROSSCUT SAWING. Challenges along the race course are optional and can earn minutes off your overall course time. 2014 Results Listed Below

Divisions: High School: Boys, Girls, Mixed, Adult: Men, Women, Mixed, Other: Jr./Sr., Open (Jr./Sr. minimum age is 13 and must compete with an adult). Open division can be solo, kayakers, race boats, relay team.....a relay team can be any number of people splitting up the different legs of the race anyway they want. Example, with a team of four one can do the compass run, one can bike and two can canoe or two run, one bike and one kayak or whatever you come up with. Note: Kayaks are welcome in the open division.

34 Mile Flat Water Race: From the headwaters of the Baskahegan Stream in Kossuth to Bancroft. This runs in conjunction of the Adventure Race as a paddle only option. (min age is 16 unless accompanied by an adult).Pre-Registration required, checkin is 7:00AM sharp then load and go! Questions? Contact Dave Conley, Phone 207-551-8729, Email dave@canoethewild.com Forms available to download at the bottom of the page.


Adventure Race Sign Up is by Pre-Registration: Entry fee is $20.00 per person which includes lunch, adventure race t-shirt, and attractive trophies to the top three finishing teams in each division. Please make checks payable to East Grand School.  



Scroll Down to the Bottom of the Page to Download Forms : Be sure to scroll down and download Registration, Race Details Page and Release/Waiver Forms. Your completed forms and payment will need to be in by Friday, May 9th.



Registration the day of the Race is $30.00 per person
Mail completed forms and checks to:
Jennifer Bergman Gilman
East Grand Adventure Race
31 Houlton Road
Danforth, ME 04424
Checks are payable to East Grand School Adventure Race
Adventure Race Day Schedule: 7:30-8:30 check in at the East Grand School Gym. Leave your boats on your vehicles upon arrival, enter the gym to checkin, turn in any incomplete paperwork, (signed waivers & registration forms) and receive your racing map and bib number. Next, drive to the boating landing (1/3 mile from the school) and drop off your numbered boat (left and right front). Be sure to place your paddles, life jackets and an extra bag with a layer and outer shell/rain coat for the paddling portion (especially if it is a cold/rainy day) Upon returning to the school, number and load your bikes and any loose gear needed at checkpoints (numbered) onto the appropriate vehicles & trailers in front of the school. Pre race meeting is 8:45AM, load buses for the starting line at 9AM. After the outdoor course is completed, race participants and canoes/kayaks are shuttled (ongoing shuttle) back to the school's gym for lunch and awards. Showers are available in the gym. We are aiming to done by 4PM


Safety and organization: Danforth Fire Department, Dirigo Search and Rescue of Old Town, Downeast Ambulance, and 50+ local volunteers will be assisting with the race.




$1,050.00 in Prizes with $300.00 to the top three finishing pairs in the High School Divisions

1st Two $75.00 gift Certificates to Ski Rack Sports, Bangor

2nd Two $50.00 gift Certificates to Ski Rack Sports, Bangor

3rd Two $25.00 gift Certificates to Ski Rack Sports, Bangor

In an effort to encourage youth to take part, prizes in the form of gift certificates to Ski Rack Sports in Bangor will awarded to high school students including the Jr. entries in the Jr./Sr. division. A traveling trophy will be presented to the winning high school boys and girls team to keep at their school for the year.


Level of difficulty: While the race will be physically challenging. It is not beyond the reach of those who are in reasonably good physical condition. We highly recommend a routine of training, well before the race that includes biking, jogging/running and canoeing. There will be a mandatory five minute break between each element to take a short break, eat a snack, and take a drink before heading out on the next leg of the race. Drinks and snacks provided at checkpoints.

Breakfast: Eat a good breakfast prior to arriving at East Grand. (The Millyard Cafe serves breakfast and is located 1/3 of a mile north of the school. Rt. 1 on the left).

Racing Numbers: Each team will be issued a number to place on the right front of your canoe, on loose gear needed at transitions points such as paddles, life jackets and extra clothing and to pin on outer clothing for the compass run and mountain biking legs of the race.
Racing Order: 1 mile compass run, 10 miles off road mountain biking on woods roads, trails, obstacles, and 7 miles of mostly flat water with some riffles and class I canoeing.


Equipment & Clothing


Bikes: Mountain bike (any style of mountain bike is fine), Helmets required.


Canoes: Recreation canoes-16% at the 4" waterline, min. weight-6LBs plus 3LBs per ft. of length. These canoe are usually made of ABS, Royalex, and Polyethylene materials. Example, Old Town Discovery Series 169 and 174, Penobscot Series 17 & 18.5). Race boats are permitted in the open division. Two proper fitting type III PFDs and these must be worn during the race. At least three paddles (one being a spare.), baler. Optional: a farmer john style wet suit in case of cold, rainy weather or if a canoe upsets.

Map: You will be given a waterproof map with starting and ending points (A to B) for the compass run. You will need to take into account for declination (see PDF of map and compass basics below). The bike and canoe routes are clearly marked on the map. The bike route is marked by yellow direction of travel signs.



Compass: You will need a basic compass with lanyard that includes a base plate with direction of travel arrow. Know how to use your compass with a map! While point A to B is given for the compass run. It is your responsibility to become familiar with how to align a map taking into account for declination and following a bearing. Be sure to download 'How to use your map & compass' below.



Clothing: Racers should have proper clothing and footwear. Clothing should be of synthetic materials (fleece & Polypropylene) used with an outer shell such as a wind breaker. You may want to place a spare set of clothing in your canoe in a waterproof bag to change into in the event of an upset canoe and or a cold/rainy day.



Need to rent equipment? Contact Dave well in advance to check on availability. Gear for rent: 169 Old Town Discovery Canoes: $20.00, Life Jackets $5.00, straight shaft aluminum/plastic paddles $3.00 or $30.00 for canoe, two life jackets and three paddles. Note: East Grand will not have extra Mountain bikes to rent out.



Staying overnight: If you are coming a long distance and prefer to come the night before. Options range from pitching a tent on East Grand Lake, to lodging in the area.

http://firstsettlerslodge.com/  (breakfast served)





Showers Available in the gym: You may want to take a shower after completing the outdoor course.


Directions To East Grand High School: When coming from central and southern Maine, take 95 north to exit 227. In Lincoln, take a left onto Rt. 6. Follow Rt. 6 through town and east to Springfield. In Springfield, take a left onto Rt. 169, bear right twice over the next 20+ miles for Danforth. In Danforth, cross over the train tracks go up over the hill and take a left onto Rt. 1 north, the school is on the right. From the Houlton area and points north, take Rt. 1 South to Danforth, the school is on the left. From Down East Maine, take Rt. 1 north, Rt. 1 makes a right turn in Danforth, turn right and the school is on the right.


Questions? If you need more information, please contact Dave Conley, Home Tel. 207-448-2743, Cell 207-551-8729 Email: dave@canoethewild.com 


Sponsored in part by Sun Edison, Ski Rack Sports of Bangor, Woodie Wheaton Land Trust & Machias Savings Bank


Sponsor Links:

Woodie Wheaton Land Trust: (Conserving Land's and Water's for Future Generations) http://woodiewheaton.org/

Ski Rack Sports of Bangor: http://www.skiracksports.com/

Sun Edison www.sunedison.com

Adventure Race 2014 on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/94885301

In The News:

2011 Adventure Race Coverage by WAGM TV 8 News: http://wagmtv.com/newssource8/story/2011-05-18-adventure-race
2010 Bill Green's Maine Outdoor Show:  http://www.wlbz2.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=87747256001 
2010 Maine Sunday Telegram featured story on the event: http://www.pressherald.com/life/outdoors/race-ya__2010-05-30.html



Registration Form (use same registration form for both races), Race Details Page, Release & Waiver Forms, How to Use a Compass, 

34 Mile Race Map  

 NOTE: Minors will need parent/guardian signatures on release & waiver forms in order to participate. Race director reserves the right to change the course without notice.
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