Nomad racers post for a post-race photo after a fun 3.1-mile out-and-back run on the Lunch Trail. Photo: Lee Dassler

NORWAY — It’s time to dust off your trail runners and dig out your bug spray! Sign up for the annual Nomad Trail Race series at the Western Foothills Land Trust’s Farm to Town trail system. This monthly 3.1-mile trail running race features a moderately challenging and scenic route along the Lunch Trail, with a span from downtown Norway to Roberts Farm Preserve.

Sponsored by Café Nomad, the races are held from May through October on the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m., with the first race occurring on May 16. Runners of all ages and speeds are invited to sign up for all six races in advance for $50, or to sign up for individual races at $10 each. On-site registration is available for $15 per race. Students in the SAD17 school district can participate for just $5 per race. The top three men’s and women’s racers receive fun prizes each month, including gift cards to Café Nomad.

The Farm to Town trail system was opened in January 2023, providing the local community with convenient recreational trail access in downtown Norway. The system features two trails: the Lunch Trail, named after Maine Beer Company’s iconic Lunch IPA (available locally at Café Nomad), and Jane’t Trail, named in memory of outdoor enthusiast and longtime supporter of the Western Foothills Land Trust, Janet Nichols.

To sign up for the Nomad Trail races, visit

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