Run of the Royal: Signup, Details and Hints

Run of the Royal Signup, Details & Helpful Hints

Registration is now open for the third annual Run of the Royal Corporate Canoe Challenge on Saturday, May 19, 2018, presented by Maine Beer Company and benefiting the Royal River Conservation Trust.

The race’s relay format, with eight racers paddling four legs (two paddlers/leg) is an amazing team-building opportunity, so don’t let your company be left out in 2018! Though the race is targeted at company and employee teams, 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’ll provide the boat!

Race Fees and Signup

Reserve your spot early to save big! Our early-registration corporate discount ends April 20, 2018. 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.


Team Category



New for 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’ll have 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!

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Rules and Helpful Hints

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Boats and Paddles – If you are bringing your own canoe, the paddles shall be single blade only (i.e no kayak paddles). There are no boat categories.  We’ll provide canoes to all registrants who need them, and two paddles per boat, and coordinate in advance of the race on gear.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Paddlers may paddle as many of the (4) legs as they wish.
  7. Contestants must pass off their boats to team members at the relay transitions without assistance.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 Harrison Middle School (see map). We will NOT have a shuttle bus running this year.
  10. 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).
  11. And most importantly…HAVE FUN!

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Run of the Royal: Sponsorship

Royal River Conservation Trust is proud to announce the third annual Run of the Royal Corporate Canoe Challenge on Saturday, May 19, 2018, presented by Maine Beer Company. Let us help you build your brand by sponsoring this successful and exciting event that has brought together over 120 local professionals and residents during each of the last two years.

The Run of the Royal supports Royal River Conservation Trust’s 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.

Sponsorship Options

We have two available sponsorship levels to accommodate your business needs. Both levels include a complimentary team entry in the Corporate Canoe Challenge (value up to $550). See below for details on sponsorship benefits, or download the Sponsorship Form.

Simply select your sponsorhip level and click the “Run the Royal Donate Now” button.


Sponsorship Level



Sponsorship BenefitsSupporting Sponsor:

  • Logo on back of race T-shirts
  • Company Tent/Booth at Finish Line Festival (tent provided by sponsor)
  • Inclusion in all press releases and communications (as space is available)
  • Free team entry in corporate canoe challenge
  • Logo and link to your website from our RRCT.org website
  • Recognition at Event
  • Year-round listing as RRCT Business Partner, Royal Member on our RRCT.org website

Contributing Sponsor:

  • Free team entry in corporate canoe challenge
  • Logo and link to your website from our RRCT.org website
  • Recognition at Event
  • Year-round listing as RRCT Business Partner, Royal Member on our RRCT.org website

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

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3rd Annual Run of the Royal: May 19, 2018

3rd Annual Run of the Royal 2018: Build Your Team. Protect Our River.

Registration is now open for the third annual Run of the Royal Corporate Canoe Challenge on Saturday, May 19, 2018, presented by Maine Beer Company. 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 an amazing team-building opportunity, so don’t let your company be left out in 2018! Though the race is targeted at company and employee teams, any group is welcome to participate. Additional race information and registration can be found here.

Register a TeamSponsor 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.

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

2018 Race Sponsors:

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.

Give Now! Riverfront Woods Campaign

You can help save Yarmouth’s last remaining 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 are working 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.

Our goal is to raise $200,000 by December 31, 2017.  Please consider a generous gift now!

WAYS TO GIVE: All gifts to the Campaign to Protect Yarmouth’s Riverfront Woods are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. The Royal River Conservation Trust (RRCT) is an IRS 501(c)(3) organization. EIN  010472430

Gifts by check: Checks should be payable to the Royal River Conservation Trust and mailed to RRCT, P.O. Box 90, Yarmouth, ME 04096.  Click here for an easily printed two-page pdf fact sheet and donation form.  

Gifts by credit or debit card: Online gifts for this campaign are easy with this button:




Gifts appreciated stock, or IRA distributions:  A gift of appreciated securities or a gift of IRA distributions can have additional tax benefits for the donor.  Please contact RRCT’s Alan Stearns  at (207)847-9399 or Alan@RRCT.org to discuss, or to get information on RRCT’s broker for any transfer.

Company or Corporate Donations: On campaign materials, we will promote any company that donates $5,000 or more as “Leading Business Donors: Riverfront Woods Campaign.” These donors will also be promoted as Royal River Conservation Trust Business Partners, and will receive one relay team membership for the Spring 2018 Run of the Royal canoe relay race (see www.RRCT.org). Business donations of $7,000 or more will also be promoted as “Supporting Sponsors” of the 2018 Run of the Royal.  Thank you to CCB Construction Services for stepping to the plate as our first Leading Business Donor!

More information online: 

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

CAMPAIGN BUDGET INFORMATION: 

Steve and Greg Dugas have generously agreed to sell this riverfront land for $135,000 below the appraised value. We begin 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:                                                              $200,000.00

*Appraised value is $385,000

More detailed budget information is available, upon request.

Phase 2 Begins: Yarmouth’s West Side Trail

Yarmouth’s West Side Trail is a rapidly expanding network of mountain bike, running, and dog-walking trails that connect neighborhoods, businesses, and conserved lands.  Owned and managed by the Town of Yarmouth, the trail is growing with support from Royal River Conservation Trust, Yarmouth Rotary, private donations, volunteer labor, and many other sources of funding and momentum.

Trail information | Photos | Maps