Colby Co. Participates in the Trek Across Maine

Brad Van Damm, Ethan Flinkstrom, Allen Saucier, Adam Greenlaw, Calen Colby and Sarah Emily Colby, all Colby Co. employees, participated in the 2014 Trek Across Maine.  The Trek is a 180-mile, three day bike ride across Maine that raises money to benefit the Maine chapter of the American Lung Association.  The Trek started at Sunday River in Bethel, Maine on Friday, June 13th and finished in Belfast, Maine on Sunday, June 14th. The Trekkers spent the first night at UMaine in Farmington and the second night at Colby College in Waterville.  Approximately 2,000 cyclists participated in the 30th annual Trek and the Colby Co. team raised $4,200 for the American Lung Association.  The Trek Across Maine has raised over $20 million dollars in its 30 year history.

Colby Co. Participates in the Trek Across Maine

Brad Van Damm, Ethan Flinkstrom, Allen Saucier and Aaron Sirois, all Colby Co. employees, participated in the 2013 Trek Across Maine.  The Trek is a 180-mile, three day bike ride across Maine that raises money to benefit the Maine chapter of the American Lung Association.  The Trek started at Sunday River in Bethel, Maine on Friday, June 14th and finished in Belfast, Maine on Sunday, June 16th.  The Trekkers spent the first night at UMaine in Farmington and the second night at Colby College in Waterville.  Approximately 2,000 cyclists participated in the 29th annual Trek and the Colby Co. team raised $3,357 for the American Lung Association.

Holiday Outing: Pat’s Game

Colby Co. held its holiday outing at a Patriots Game in November. The New England Patriots played the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Pats defeated the Colts, 59-24, under clear skies to take the Pats to a 7-4 record.

Colby Co. employees were bused from the office in Portland to Gillette stadium where they participated in tailgating and game activities. Spouses and significant others joined the outing as well.

2012 Summer Outing at Flagstaff Hut

Colby Co.’s summer outing weekend was held again at the Flagstaff Hut which is a part of the Maine Huts and Trails system.  Over the course of the weekend, the group participated in water volleyball, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, swimming, and team building activities on or near Flagstaff Lake.

Maine Huts and Trails is a non-profit organization that operates a 30 mile hut to hut system in western Maine.  The Flagstaff Hut is located on the east, undeveloped shore of Flagstaff Lake.  The hut is accessible via a 2 mile hike from the trailhead.

All three huts in the MH&T system are off the grid and utilize a variety of sustainable design features including solar panels, wood gasification boilers, composting toilets, energy efficient lighting, and low flow sinks and showers.  Much of the food at the hut is locally sourced.

Colby Co. Team Participates in New England Tough Mudder 2012

Colby Co. had a team of eight participants for the New England Tough Mudder held at Mount Snow in West Dover, VT on May 5, 2012.  The ten mile, mud-fill course consisted of 30 military style obstacles such as the boa constrictor, electric eel, firewalker, monkey bars and wall climbs.  The Tough Mudder courses are designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie, as stated by toughmudder.com.

The Tough Mudder supports the Wounded Warrior Project and the Tough Mudder participants have raised approximately $3 million to support thousands of warriors returning from the battlefield.

Colby Co.’s “Team Terraphi’d” participants included Calen Colby, Sarah Emily Colby, Brian Beaulieu, Adam Greenlaw, Sam Thomas, Lauren Thomas, Sonia Barrantes and Jake Staub.   Our team trained at Livevital, a physical therapy and performance training center, for six months prior to the event.

The Official Tough Mudder Pledge:

As a Tough Mudder I pledge that:

  • I understand that Tough Mudder is not a race but a challenge.
  • I put teamwork and camaraderie before my course time.
  • I do not whine – kids whine.
  • I help my fellow Mudders complete the course.
  • I overcome all fears.

Maine State Park Pass Distribution

For the second year, Colby Co. distributed Maine State Park Passes to each of its employees.  The vehicle passes allow access to state parks throughout the state for 2012.  According to Maine.gov, Maine State Parks generate $100 million annually for the Maine economy.  The 32 parks cover a wide variety of landscapes including mountains, ocean beaches, and lakes.  Twelve of the state parks offer campgrounds.

Colby Co. employees made great use of the park passes and visited over fifteen of the parks in their spare time including:

• Baxter
• Bradbury Mountain
• Camden Hills
• Cobscook Bay
• Crescent Beach
• Ferry Beach
• Lily Bay
• Penobscot Narrows Observatory
• Popham Beach State Park
• Range Pond
• Reid State Park
• Scarborough Beach
• Sebago Lake State Park
• Two Lights
• Wolfe’s Neck

Mount Desert Island Half Marathon

Laura Clough, Sarah Emily Teaford and Calen Colby, all of Colby Co., ran in the Mount Desert Island Half Marathon in September.  The MDI YMCA’s USATF Certified Half Marathon is the only race of its kind held in a National Park. Nine miles of the course wind through Acadia’s carriage road system which is a unique national treasure that is considered the best example of broken stone roads in America. The proceeds from the race fund the YMCA’s scholarship fund.  Approximately 400 people participated in this year’s race. 
(credit:  http://www.mdiymca.org/index.php?page=half-marathon-5k)

Summer Outing at Flagstaff Hut

Colby Co.’s summer outing weekend was held at the Flagstaff Hut which is a part of the Maine Huts and Trails system. Over the course of the weekend, the group participated in canoeing, kayaking, fishing, swimming, trail riding, and field day activities on or near Flagstaff Lake.

Maine Huts and Trails is a non-profit organization that operates a 30 mile hut to hut system in western Maine. The Flagstaff Hut is located on the east, undeveloped shore of Flagstaff Lake. The hut is accessible via a 2 mile hike from the trailhead.

All three huts in the MH&T system are off the grid and utilize a variety of sustainable design features including solar panels, wood gasification boilers, composting toilets, energy efficient lighting, and low flow sinks and showers. Much of the food at the hut is locally sourced.

Beach to Beacon 10K

Adam Greenlaw, Sam Thomas, Laura Clough, Sarah Emily Teaford and Calen Colby participated in the 14th Annual Beach to Beacon 10K on August 4, 2011. According to beach2beacon.org, the B2B had a record setting 5,876 participants from 12 countries, 43 states and more than 200 Maine towns. The course begins in Cape Elizabeth and winds along the coast before ending at the scenic Portland Head Light.

B2B was founded by TD Bank and Olympic gold medalist and Maine native Joan Benoit Samuelson and it benefits a different charity each year. The beneficiary of this year’s race was Day One, a non-profit agency providing substance abuse prevention, intervention, treatment, and aftercare programs for Maine youth.

New York City Marathon

Calen Colby, President of Colby Co., participated in the 2010 New York City Marathon in November 2010. Calen ran as a member of the Livestrong Team for which he raised $3,500. The Livestrong Team is made up of numerous sub-teams and Calen was a part of the 12-person “Team Fatty” team. The team was named for its captain, Eldon Nelson a.k.a. the Fat Cyclist, a popular cancer fundraiser and author of the fatcyclist.com blog.

The NYC marathon course starts in Staten Island and travels through all five boroughs with a scenic ending in Central Park. One of the largest marathons in the world, the NYC Marathon recorded 45,103 finishers in 2010. The fundraising goal for all charities represented by runners in the 2010 NYC Marathon was $24 Million.