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Our archive of more in-depth news articles and reports (running back to the 1990's) can be found here. You can also search for past articles using the search function in the left hand side column

The Maine Lighthouse Ride Gets More National Attention!!

The MLR was included in a recent list of the 12 best upcoming rides of 2015 across the country. The list is put out by Active.com, the national leader in online event registration for races and cycling events.

"This must-do ride...is sold out every year. The 100-mile century route tours nine lighthouses and includes a quick jaunt through Old Orchard Beach and the quaint village of Kennebunkport, the summer home to George Bush."

This is the third year in a row! Active.com also gave the same steller recognition to the MLR both last year as well as in 2013.

ET’s 2014 Economic Impact Study

Breaking news! An economic impact study and survey conducted along portions of the off-road ET during the summer of 2014 has just been published and is now available for reading. Go here for some insight into the economic benefit of the trail to its host communities.

Giveback Tuesday - Consider a Donation to Help the Eastern Trail

OK, Giveback Tuesday has passed, but we ask you to still consider giving back - donating to a good cause. Please consider a donation of money (tax-deductible!) or time (sign up aas a volunteer!) to the Eastern Trail Alliance.  If the trail has become an important part of your life, consider helping to expand and improve the trail. Contact us for more information. Thanks, and have a great holiday season!!

Video: Eastern Trail in Three Minutes

Check out this cool video - Time-lapse video of a ride on Eastern Trail from Cascade Road in Old Orchard Beach, Maine to the Nonesuch River on the Scarborough/South Portland border.. View it on our Videos page

Maine Lighthouse Ride a great success!!

We had a wonderful Maine Lighthouse Ride this past Saturday, September 6. Over 1000 riders came out the enjoy the trail and to help support the Eastern Trail Alliance. Thanks so much to all the riders, the many volunteers, and also to the trail users who shared the trail that day. will be very busy in many areas. Funds raised by the ride will be used to continue our efforts to build and to promote the Eastern Trail in southern Maine.

Pictures of the 2014 ride can be viewed here - all pictures by Jim Bucar, our fantastic and long-standing volunteer photographer!

USGC "Tom's Run" Memorial Relay on the Eastern Trail

Recently we heard news of this year's running of Tom's Run, a 200 mile relay that memorializes the life of Chief Warrant Officer Tom Brooks, a Coast Guardsman who inspired those around him in his fight against ALS.

We're so pleased that this small, heartfelt memorial event was made easier by the use of the Eastern Trail. Many thanks to these members of the Coast Guard for sharing the following words and photos with us:

See full story and pictures here

Deirdre Fleming: Eastern Trail on the road to further expansion

Great article in the Maine Sunday Telegram/Press Herald.  Key Quote: "Andrews and his band of bicyclists have proven relentless. And this summer they’re not slowing as they fan out across this trail that now covers 20.7 miles to conduct an economic-impact study to help build support to expand the trail to Wells, South Berwick, Eliot and Kittery." - click here to read the article

May 19, 2014 — 10th Anniversary of Groundbreaking for First Eastern Trail Segment

May 19 marked the tenth anniversary of the groundbreaking ceremony that began construction on the first section of the Eastern Trail. The project was managed under the direction of the 12-town Eastern Trail Management District in partnership with many organizations including the Town of Scarborough.  That section, crossing Scarborough Marsh, soon demonstrated amazing public support for the Eastern Trail.

Could anyone with their groundbreaking shovels in hand have imagined what would be accomplished in the following ten years?

Congratulations and many thanks to the hundreds, and thousands who believed in and supported the Eastern Trail vision and have worked so hard to continue building the first 21 miles of our off-road trail. Since that historic day, we have truly demonstrated that "if you build it, they will come."

Click here to see some pictures of Eastern Trail leaders and visionaries gathering on the Scarborough Marsh Bridge on May 19 to commemorate the anniversary

Good News for the Community Bicycle Center

Our good friends at the Community Bicycle Center in Biddeford are moving to larger space. Read the good news here.

Arundel adds parking spots for ET

The town of Arundel will be adding some parking spaces along the Limerick Road portion of the Eastern Trail. Two news articles can be read here

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