Applications available for Chief Worumbo Androscoggin River Canoe Race

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LISBON — The Androscoggin Land Trust and the Moxie Festival Committee have announced that applications for the 12th annual Chief Worumbo Androscoggin River Canoe Race are now available. The race will be held on Sunday, July 11. Last year’s race attracted 133 racers from throughout New England.

Begun by Faye Brown, a local barber in Lisbon Falls, the race has grown to one of the largest single day events on the Androscoggin River and a major draw for paddlers from Maine and New England to enjoy the wide open corridor and the views of farm fields and forests along the route.

The Worumbo Race is an amateur race competition of approximately six miles, with possible class one rips and easy class two rapids, depending on water levels on race day. The race is planned as a family friendly event and creates an opportunity to experience a section of the river with many other recreational enthusiasts.

Race day registration will begin at 9 a.m. at the Durham Boat Launch on Route 136 in Durham, near the Auburn-Durham line. The race will start at 11 a.m. The race finish is just under the railroad trestle where the Sabattus River joins the Androscoggin on Route 196 in Lisbon.

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The entry fee is $15 each person. Entries received before Friday, July 2, will receive a race T-shirt and lunch. Race day registration is $15 and will include lunch only. No T-shirts will be available for race day registrants, though merchandise will be available for purchase.

For non-participants, lunches will be available for purchase in the finish line area at the Sabattus River boat launch. This year, the land trust is partnering with St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Lisbon to provide the standard lunches of sandwich, chips, drink and dessert, but also, for the first time, a Maine lobster roll.

Register on line at www.androscogginlandtrust.org and for information, call the land trust at 782-2302. For more information about the Moxie Festival weekend of July 9 to 11, visit the Moxie Festival website at www.moxiefestival.com.

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