2015-08-28 / Community

Lighthouse ride full, but volunteers encouraged

Against a backdrop of historic lighthouses, rocky coast and sandy beaches, avid cyclists from all over North America will ride in support of the Eastern Trail Alliance in the 12th annual Maine Lighthouse Ride on Saturday, Sept. 12. Participants will set out to cover 25, 40, 62 or 100 miles, beginning and ending at Southern Maine Community College.

“With the event full at 1,200 riders, the Maine Lighthouse Ride is clearly one of the most popular rides in New England,” said Bob Bowker, the ride’s founder and spokesperson. “The combination of scenic Maine coastline, plenty of good food, and dozens of friendly volunteers keeps ‘em coming back for more.”

In recent years, riders have hailed from more than two-dozen states, but this year Iowa will bring something special to the event. Team in Training Iowa, a sports training program that benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, brings a field of nearly 70 riders.

All registered Maine Lighthouse Ride riders are provided with maps, cue sheets, multiple rest stops, hot food, portable restrooms and a hand washing station, plus on-call support vehicles. Special offerings this year include Shipyard beer and Portland Pie pizza after the ride.

To volunteer, visit http://easterntrail.org/index.php/join-us/ volunteer-with-us.

Users of the Eastern Trail in South Portland and Scarborough should be advised of possible temporary congestion during the first few hours of the ride, which gets underway at 7 a.m. on Sept. 12. Drivers are also encouraged to be mindful of extra bicycle traffic on local roads between South Portland and Kennebunkport throughout the day.

All proceeds from the 2015 Maine Lighthouse Ride benefit the Eastern Trail Alliance, an organization dedicated to building a 65-mile greenway from Kittery to South Portland as part of the East Coast Greenway.

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