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Goupee and last year’s Double Trouble winner, Aaron Long

A record 78 runners turned out for this year’s Wildlands Trail Race Sunday, October 26. The first race in the 2014 Downeast Double Trouble Trail Race Series saw some solid performances and left a lot to be determined at next week’s run in Sullivan. In this year’s Double Trouble Race standings, Jennifer VanDongen of Bar Harbor, last  year’s overall female champion, is once again in the lead for the title after running the 6.3-mile Great Pond Mountain Wildlands course Sunday with a time of 48:26. The men’s winner, Andy Goupee of Dedham, leads several strong contenders, including last year’s men’s overall champion Aaron Long. Goupee, 33, led the pack with a time of 47:30. Here is the overall results table: Wildlands2014_OVERALL_11052014_UPDATED. Here are the awards by age category: Wildlands2014_AWARDS. To see photos of the race, CLICK HERE.

Runners enjoyed a pleasant fall day, beautiful views, a delicious chili and cornbread lunch donated by MacLeod’s Restaurant, and some great door prizes.

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VanDongen crosses the finish

Sunday, Nov. 2 is the second race in the Downeast Double Trouble series—Frenchman Bay Conservancy’s Autumn Trail Run. This 4 mile course starts and finishes at 11 am at Sumner Memorial High School in Sullivan. Steep climbs, granite ledges and gorgeous views are the reward. Cost is $25 to register on race day. Those who run both races are eligible for special prizes, and earn a Double Trouble Trail Race tee.

Both races are sponsored by land trusts and proceeds benefit local land conservation and public trails in Hancock County.FBC-Trail_Race_Logo_2013

Thanks to our sponsors: Awards, Signage & Trophies; Stanley Subaru; Nicholas Vachon, DPM; Penobscot Bay Yacht Exchange; MacLeod’s Restaurant; Tradewinds Market of Blue Hill; Cadillac Mountain Sports; Curtis Family Shoe; Woodland Studios; Morton’s Moo, Hannaford of Bar Harbor.

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