Run of the Royal: Corporate Canoe Challenge

Run of the Royal 2017: Build Your Team. Protect Our River

Registration is open for the second annual Run of the Royal Corporate Canoe Challenge on Saturday, May 13, 2017, 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 2017! Though the race is targeted at company and employee teams, any group is welcome to participate. Additional race information and registration is here.

The relay race course begins and ends at Yarmouth History Center on East Elm Street in Yarmouth. The Yarmouth History Center bustles with live music, food vendors, art shows, raffles, and the History Center’s excellent exhibits.

Registration starts:  9am

Race starts:  10am

Race ends:   2pm or earlier

After party:  2pm at Otto (Handy): corner of East Elm & Main, with Maine Beer on draft

2017 Registration Open Until May 3rd!

We already have strong turnout for the 2017 race. We have teams registered from Brentwood, Aging Excellence, LL Bean (Wharf Rats), LL Bean (Marketing), Maine Beer, Maine Magazine, TJD&A, Scott Dugas Trucking & Excavating, IDEXX, Cascon, Stantec, Fluid Imaging, Yarmouth Boat Yard, Garmin, Alexander & Schmidt, Air & Water Quality, Planson International, Hancock Lumber (Anchor Bolts), and more.

  • Registration is open now. Click here to register.  Pay by credit card, on that site, or save us money and send us a check by first class mail to RRCT, P.O.Box 90, Yarmouth 04096.
  • Final Registration Deadline is May 3, 2017.

A map of the race course is below. Learn more about this section of river, part of the Royal River Water Trail.

For questions, contact Race Director David Truesdell at

2017 Presenting Sponsor:


2017 Exclusive Media Sponsor:


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Other sponsors:

Gorham Savings Bank

2016 Race Results

The First Annual Run of the Royal in 2016 attracted 16 teams and raised more than $10,000 to fund our work. Thank you to all of the teams and companies who pitched in.  Congratulations to our winning teams, Aquatic Flying Sircus (L.L. Bean), Scott Dugas Trucking & Excavating, and Team Cascon! See all 2016 results.


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Featured Trail: 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


Featured Preserve: Yarmouth’s Spear Farm Estuary Preserve

The Spear Farm Estuary Preserve is a scenic 55-acre property with diverse habitats, ranging from stately oaks and pine forest to the open salt marshes of the Royal River estuary, and a small freshwater pond with a fringing marsh. There is an excellent picnic spot and overlook on the pond’s northern shore.  Owned and managed by the Town of Yarmouth, the property was acquired with the leadership of the Royal River Conservation Trust which holds a conservation easement.  Funding for the conservation project included the Land for Maine’s Future program, many private donors, and many other public and private funders.

More information | Map | Conservation History | Birding