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.