4th Annual Run of the Royal: May 18th, 2019

Build Your Team. Protect Our River.

The fourth annual Run of the Royal Corporate Canoe Challenge will be held on Saturday May 18th, 2019. This four-leg, flatwater canoe relay race supports the Royal River Conservation Trust and our plans to acquire and improve public paddling access points and shoreline habitat up and down the river, its tributaries, headwater ponds, and on Casco Bay.

The race’s relay format, with eight racers paddling four legs (two paddlers/leg) is a great team-building opportunity. Though the race is targeted at company and employee teams, any group is welcome to participate. We focus our race culture on teamwork, safety, and community.

Team and Paddler InfoSponsor the Race

The relay race course begins and ends at Yarmouth History Center on East Elm Street in Yarmouth (see map below). The Yarmouth History Center bustles with live music, food vendors, art show, raffles, and the History Center’s excellent exhibits. New in 2018, we were able to track your team’s position on the river, courtesy of Garmin’s InReach technology.

For questions, contact Race Director David Truesdell at runoftheroyal@gmail.com

2018 Race Sponsors included Maine Beer Company (presenting), Kennebec Savings Bank, Scott Dugas Trucking & Excavating, L.L. Bean, CCB Construction Services, Gorham Savings Bank, Summit Natural Gas, Stantec, Garmin, and Maine Magazine.   Thank you!


2018 Race Results:  For the 3rd annual race in 2018 we had 21 teams (more than 150 paddlers) from companies and groups including Summit Natural Gas, Scott Dugas Trucking & Excavating, Planson, Hancock Lumber, L.L. Bean, Garmin, Stantec, Maine Beer, Maine Magazine, CCB Construction Services, and more. Congratulations to our winners Gedakina (long course) and Yarmouth Boatyard (short course). View full 2018 race results and splits!

2017 Race Results: With great weather and amazing enthusiasm, the 2nd Annual Run of the Royal was a huge success. Congratulations to our winners: 1st place L.L. Bean (Aquatic Flying Sircus), 2nd place Scott Dugas Trucking & Excavating (Royal River Muskrats), and 3rd place Garmin. View full 2017 race results and splits.

2016 Race Results: The First Annual Run of the Royal in 2016 attracted 16 teams.  Congratulations to the winners: 1st place L.L. Bean (Aquatic Flying Sircus), 2nd place Scott Dugas Trucking & Excavating, and 3rd place Cascon! View all 2016 race results and splits.


Course map showing shorter and longer options. Learn more about this section of river, part of the Royal River Water Trail.

Run of the Royal: Signup, Details and Hints

Run of the Royal Signup, Details & Helpful Hints

The fourth annual Run of the Royal Corporate Canoe Challenge will be on a Saturday May 18, 2019, all proceeds benefiting the Royal River Conservation Trust. The race begins at 10:00 am. Pre-race meetings are at 9:30 am. The race starts and ends at Yarmouth History Center, East Elm Street, Yarmouth. LL Bean will host a paddlers’ clinic Wednesday evening May 15, 2019 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at Yarmouth History Center. Maine Beer hosts paddlers, guests, and others at Maine Beer in Freeport at 3pm on Saturday after the race.

The race’s relay format, with eight racers paddling four legs (two paddlers/leg) is an amazing team-building opportunity. Though the race is targeted at company and employee teams (with their friends, kids, others), any group is welcome to participate.

Can’t find eight paddlers? A single paddler may paddle as many legs as they wish. For example, pull together a team of four and have each paddler do two legs. Family members and guests are also invited to join company or organizational teams; we’ve welcomed lots of young girls and young boys as paddlers. We’ll provide the boat and paddles, if you don’t have them!

Last year we had more than 20 teams (more than 100 paddlers) registered from companies including Summit, Dugas, Planson, Hancock, Bean, Garmin, Stantec, Maine Beer, and more.

Race Fees and Signup

Reserve your spot early to save big! Our early-registration corporate discount ends in April 2019.  Any team who wishes to reference a sponsoring business should sign up for the Corporate Team category.  Simply select your team option and click the “Run the Royal Signup Now” button.

(If a check is easier for your company, and avoiding credit card fees for us, mail a check to RRCT, P.O.Box 90, 04096.)

Team Category

New since 2018: Longer and Shorter Race Options; Paddling Clinics

Some teams in 2017 found the 2.7-mile out-and-back loop too long, so we are offering a shorter 1.7-mile loop option (see the race course map below). The top three team finishers in both lengths will receive awards. The longer loop took anywhere from 30 to 55 minutes per leg depending on your team’s skill and effort level, and the shorter loop should take 20 to 35 minutes. We recommend the shorter loop for less experienced paddlers and teams looking for a more recreational experience.

Also in 2018 we began practice paddling sessions and paddling clinics in the days leading up to the race, with support from LL Bean and Maine Beer.  Stay tuned for details. Current plans for the clinic is the Wednesday prior to the race.

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Rules and Helpful Hints

  1. Paddling Clinic: Wed May 15th  at 5:30 pm.  Let us know (racers/paddlers) if you did not get the clinic information.
  2. Pre-Race Meeting, 9:30am at the boat ramp – A representative from each team must attend a pre-race meeting immediately before the start to review the course, potential hazards, medical emergency procedures, communications and safety procedures. This information must be distributed by the representative to all team members.  The race starts at 10:00 am.
  3. Life Jackets – Maine law requires life jackets to be worn by all paddlers on the water. Whistles are provided at race start and must be affixed to life jacket of one jacket per team. For teams using canoes provided by RRCT, we will provide you with two life jackets and two paddles. Therefore you will need to pass them on to the next leg, or bring more life jackets or paddles of your own. If you are bringing your own canoe, you will need to provide your own paddles and life jackets. No need to pass on the jackets to the next leg as long as everyone paddling is wearing one.
  4. Boats and Paddles – If you are bringing your own canoe and paddles, the paddles shall be single blade only (i.e no kayak paddles). There are no boat categories.  We’ll provide canoes (16′ Discovery or equivalent) to all registrants who need them, and two paddles per boat, and two PFDs, and coordinate in advance of the race on gear.  Plan to use just one canoe, and swap the canoe with each relay leg.  Some folks bring racing boats or personal recreational boats; the boats we provide are recreational boats.  We aim for fun, more than competition.
  5. Race Lengths – Teams must select one of the two race lengths available before beginning the race, and may not switch during the race. Teams that do not complete their assigned length will be disqualified.
  6. Each boat will have its assigned number affixed to both sides of the bow. The team captain will receive the stickers at the registration table.
  7. Paddlers may paddle as many of the (4) legs as they wish.   We encourage friends, family, young girls, young boys, as paddlers.
  8. Contestants must pass off their boats to team members at the relay transitions without assistance.
  9. Possession or consumption of alcohol during the race, at the start or at the finish is against Maine law and prohibited. Consumption of alcohol at the Yarmouth History Center (YHC) or at Royal River Park is strictly prohibited.
  10. Competitors are responsible for their own transportation. Parking is at a premium and carpooling is highly recommended. There will be no parking in the YHC lot during the event, and the Royal River lot across the street will also be closed to race competitors. We have access to roughly 60 spaces at the Masonic Lodge on Main Street, as well as the lot at William H. Rowe School. We will NOT have a shuttle bus running this year.
  11. The awards ceremony for the shorter course option will be held at approximately 12-12:30pm, and the awards ceremony for the longer course option will be held at approximately 2-2:30pm (pending weather and results).
  12. Maine Beer is hosting everyone and their friends at 3:00 pm in Freeport after the race. Join us!
  13. And most importantly…HAVE FUN!

Here are two forms 2019 Rules and Information and 2019 – Team Details with more details, distributed to team captains in advance of the race.

Return to the Run of the Royal’s main web page.

Featured Preserve: The Intervale

Our expanding Intervale Preserve in New Gloucester is largely comprised of lush, meandering oxbows. It provides some of the Royal River watershed’s most valuable habitat for migratory birds, waterfowl, and game birds. The forested trail at the Intervale Road parcel provides views of the river’s flood plain marsh and vernal pools and is a popular destination for birders and anglers. The marsh is an outstanding vantage point for observing migrating birds especially in May of each year. Additionally, the stretch of the Royal River from the Intervale Preserve at Penney Road downstream to Wescustogo Park is a wonderful 8.1 mile high-water paddling trip.

More information | Map | Conservation History

The Forecaster: Yarmouth trust hits funding goal for Royal River shoreline purchase

By Jocelyn Van Saun

YARMOUTH — Last year was big for the Royal River Conservation Trust.

Highlights included a 50-acre acquisition at Runaround Pond in Durham, a 427-acre easement on Waterhouse Farm in New Gloucester, and a 70-acre addition of non-contiguous land with 2 miles of shoreline at Intervale Preserve in New Gloucester.

View the rest at http://www.theforecaster.net/yarmouth-trust-hits-funding-goal-for-royal-river-shoreline-purchase/

We did it! Riverfront Woods Campaign

We are indebted to more than 100 families, business, foundations, and other funders that donated and helped us reach our $200,000 campaign goal by December 31, 2017.   Thank you!  It will take us a few more months of due diligence before the Town of Yarmouth takes ownership of the parcel at a planned closing.

Together we are helping save one of Yarmouth’s last remaining pieces of unfragmented habitat and shoreline along the Royal River: In Yarmouth the Royal River’s undeveloped shoreline and habitat is rapidly disappearing as our community grows. The Royal River’s shoreline from East Elm street upriver to North Yarmouth still remains mostly undeveloped and naturally supports beavers, otters, deer, and a variety of bird species and distinct flora. This environment creates a surprisingly remote experience for paddling in the summer and skating, snowshoeing and skiing in the winter.  

Only our generation can save the remaining land before it is too late: The Royal River Conservation Trust and the Town of Yarmouth worked in close partnership to raise the necessary funds to purchase 24 acres of riverfront land that is owned by Steve and Greg Dugas, Yarmouth residents. The Dugas riverfront property abuts the 22 acre Town-owned Hilda Barker Preserve and the 35 acre Town-owned Sligo Road Preserve directly across the Royal

Scroll below for easily printed versions of this map.

River. The connection of these preserves will create a corridor for trails and will protect one half mile of shoreline. This new Riverfront Woods Preserve creates a lush sanctuary that is also accessible from growing neighborhoods. These lands are part of a nearly 1,000 acre multi-town unfragmented habitat.

We met our goal to raise $200,000 by December 31, 2017.  Thank you!

Thank you to CCB Construction Services for stepping to the plate as a Leading Business Donor! Other business funders include Kennebec Savings Bank, Estabrooks, cowles studio | landscape archicture, and more. Grant support comes from many including the Land for Maine’s Future program and the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership.  

More information online: 

Recent press articles on the campaign

Click here: Campaign overview and donation form (two pages).

Click here: Local and regional maps of the planned preserve (four pages).

Click here: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), and campaign fine print.

For questions or information about the campaign, please contact:

Alan Stearns, Executive Director, RRCT: Campaign Co-Chair, Alan@RRCT.org cell (207) 215-8315

Beth Sturtevant, Yarmouth resident, Campaign Co-Chair, BSturtevant@CCB-inc.com cell (207)831-0420

For questions or information on the Town’s role, please contact: Karyn MacNeill, Director of Community Services, Town of Yarmouth, KMacNeill@yarmouth.me.us  (207) 846-2406


Steve and Greg Dugas have generously agreed to sell this riverfront land for $135,000 below the appraised value. We began the campaign with funds for more than 40% of the discounted purchase price of the land already identified, as the Town Council plans to commit $110,000 in available land acquisition reserve funds toward the $250,000 purchase price.  Please contact us for more specific budget information beyond this summary:

Dugas riverfront property discounted purchase price:                            $250,000.00*

Private funds for town trails, signs, and land management:                     $20,000.00

Conservation easement (Barker + Dugas):                                                   $20,000.00

Due diligence, transactional, and campaign costs:                                     $20,000.00

Total Needed to Acquire Land, others costs & due-diligence:                $310,000.00

Less … Town of Yarmouth committed funds:                                           ($110,000.00)

Riverfront Woods Campaign Goal (now complete):                                 $200,000.00**

*Appraised value is $385,000

**The Land for Maine’s Future program awarded $110,000 toward this $200,000 goal.  The Casco Bay Estuary Partnership contributed $8,000. The remainder was met by donations from more than 100 families, businesses, and foundations.

More detailed budget information is available, upon request.