Trek Across Maine Announces Plans and PSA for 2019

Posted by: MBR on Wed May 8th, 2019 6:53 am
Nearly 2,000 cyclists to travel to Brunswick, Lewiston, Waterville and beyond AUGUSTA, Maine - The Trek Across Maine and the American Lung Association have announced several new elements and detailed map of the new route for the annual bike ride that will take place June 14-16. The Trek is the largest fundraiser in the country for the American Lung Association. For the event's 35th anniversary, the ride will have a new route that will showcase more Maine cities and towns, plus a virtual option. Since 1985, the annual event has raised more than $24 million and is the largest fundraising event in the country for the American Lung Association. Final preparation and planning is underway by organizers who have unveiled a detailed map showing the roads and streets that will see nearly 2,000 cyclists leading up to the event in June. The new map is available at trekacrossmaine.org and includes specifics on roads and streets that will be used and an elevation chart for cyclists to plan their training rides. The registration for the event is open until May 20 at 11:59 p.m."We have seen a big spike in interest in the ride this year because of the new route starting in Brunswick, but we also know some of our new trekkers might not realize you have to register before May 20. We have people registered from age 7 to 79 and from as far away as Alaska. We are really excited about how the new communities have rallied around the event ranging from downtown organizations to corporate sponsors. We also have seen a great response from volunteers in our new communities, but we can always use more," said Kim Chamard, manager of development for the American Lung Association. The new route will start at Brunswick Landing in Brunswick and take cyclists throughnew cities and towns that include Augusta, Auburn, Bath, Belgrade, Brunswick, Freeport and Lewiston. The route still includes the popular tradition of Team Tent City at Colby College in Waterville between days two and three, but includes new rest stops, including at L.L. Bean in Freeport. There is also a virtual Trek enabling more friends and family to participate and rewarding participants for exercise options that are equivalent to the Trek experience.The three-day event is expected to have a positive economic impact for several new regions and draw more cyclists from the southern part of the state and across New England. For the first time, Brunswick will host the start and finish line at Brunswick Landing. Local businesses like Flight Deck Brewing are expecting an increase in customers. Flight Deck will host a pre-Trek dinner on June 13 and welcome visitors and supporters of the riders for happy hour.Lewiston is also one of the new cities welcoming cyclists this year and is planning Trek Downtown, a block party event on June 14. For the first time in nearly 25 years, the city will close a full city block of Lisbon Street (Ash Street to Main Street) to vehicle traffic for community members to come cheer on the cyclists, eat, drink and visit local businesses. In addition to restaurants offering food and drink specials, there will be food trucks and a beer garden in Dufresne Plaza and music including live music at 7 p.m. from SKOSH."This is a huge opportunity for our city to showcase everything Lewiston has to offer. We have a lot local businesses ranging from shops to restaurants that will see a spike in customers. With nearly 2,000 people coming to our city we want to welcome them and give them an experience that will leave a lasting impression so they come back time and again. The positive economic-impact ripple effect of this event will be beneficial for our entire community," said Mike Dostie, board chair of The Downtown Lewiston Association and event chair of Lewiston's Trek Downtown - Street Takeover.With an increase in bicyclists on the roads and to help communities across Maine that will see more cyclists, leading up to the event local American Lung Association of the Northeast has released a new public service announcement for television and radio to highlight that more cyclists will be on the road and encourage people to drive safe and look out for cyclists. Participants can register for the 2019 Trek Across Maine at trekacrossmaine.org until May 20, 2019. ###About the Trek Across MaineThe Trek Across Maine is a three-day, 180-mile cycling event in Maine. The event is the largest fundraising event of its kind in the nation for the American Lung Association. The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. Learn more at TrekAcrossMaine.org.About the American Lung AssociationThe American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.