The University of Maine at Farmington plans to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the UMF Fitness & Recreation Center with a Tri-fecta of outdoor events on Saturday, April 30.

Events include canoe/kayak, mountain bike and running races, followed by a reception on campus, according to a news release from the university.

Registration for all events is open to campus and community members. To register for just the canoe/kayak race, people can go to that event’s registration form at All others can register at Races are scheduled at staggered times so participants can take part in one, two or all three Tri-fecta events.

Participation details and cost can be found at

30th anniversary events:

• Sandy River Canoe/Kayak race and Tri-fecta, check in begins at 8:30 a.m., the race starts at 9 a.m. The 10-mile race is a flat water course with some Class I and II whitewater. Participants will meet at a ball field in Strong where Route 145 meets Route 4. Finish at the Little League ball field in Fairbanks on Route 4. Rental canoes and kayaks are available.


• Mainely Outdoors Two-Wheel Grind Mountain Bike Race, check in at 11 a.m., the race starts at 11:30 a.m.
The 10-mile race starts from the UMF Fitness & Recreation Center on road, dirt path and trails. Precise course will be determined as the event approaches.

• Beaver Dash 5K, check in at 12:30 p.m., the race will start at 1 p.m.
A hilly 5K road race starting from the recreation center through campus and local neighborhoods.

• The reception begins at 4 p.m. in the parking area behind the recreation center.

Community sponsors include The Better Living Center, Foothills Management, University Credit Union and Devaney, Doak & Garrett Booksellers.

For more information, contact Ben White, director of UMF Fitness & Recreation, at 207-778-7494 or

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