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

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

Stay tuned for details on the 3rd Annual Run of the Royal 2018, on Saturday, May 19th, 2018.

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 designed as a team-building opportunity.

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.

We had a strong turnout for the 2017 race. We had 17 teams of eight paddlers registered from Brentwood, Aging Excellence x 2, LL Bean x 2, Maine Beer, TJD&A, Scott Dugas Trucking & Excavating, Stantec, Fluid Imaging, Yarmouth Boat Yard, Garmin, Alexander & Schmidt, Air & Water Quality, Planson International, Hancock Lumber (Anchor Bolts), Brookside, and more.

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 runoftheroyal@gmail.com

2017 Race Results:  With great weather and amazing enthusiasm, the 2nd Annual Run of the Royal presented by Maine Beer Company 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 race results and splits.

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 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.

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