LEWISTON — The 35th annual Trek Throughout Maine is about for this Friday via Sunday, and for the primary time in 35 years, the occasion will characteristic a brand new route that can take cyclists via different cities and cities — together with Lewiston.
In an effort to offer Trek individuals with one thing to do throughout their downtime in Lewiston, the Downtown Lewiston Affiliation, with the help of metropolis officers, organized a block occasion occasion in Lewiston’s downtown space from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday.
The Trek Throughout Maine is a three-day, 180-mile bicycling route that serves because the American Lung Affiliation’s largest fundraising occasion. Since 1985, it has raised greater than $24 million.
The brand new route for this 12 months’s occasion will begin at Brunswick Touchdown and take cyclists via new cities and cities, together with Augusta, Auburn, Bathtub, Belgrade, Brunswick, Freeport and Lewiston.
Based on the Trek’s web site, about 1,500 cyclists and between 200 and 500 volunteers will arrive at Bates School in Lewiston between 10 a.m. and a pair of p.m. Friday, following the primary leg of the race. They’ll spend the night time on campus.
Michael Dostie, board chairman of the Downtown Lewiston Affiliation, mentioned the first-ever Trek Downtown — Road Takeover! is scheduled for Friday, to coincide with the arrival of the Trek cyclists.
A full metropolis block of Lisbon Road — from Ash Road to Essential Road — will probably be closed from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., based on the Downtown Lewiston web site, and beginning at 2 p.m., cyclists and volunteers will probably be shuttled from Bates School to Lewiston’s downtown enterprise district.
Eating places within the downtown space will probably be providing foods and drinks specials, whereas a number of meals vehicles, together with Tripp’s Farmhouse Cafe, Isuken Co-op and El Rodeo Go, will probably be parked alongside Lisbon Road.
Based on the Downtown Lewiston web site, a beer backyard will probably be arrange in Dufresne Plaza, the place Gritty’s and Facet By Every Brewing Co. will probably be pouring, and at 7 p.m., the band Skosh will carry out.
Dostie mentioned Trek Throughout Maine coordinators reached out to Lewiston metropolis officers and the Lewiston Downtown Affiliation forward of the race to debate a plan to shuttle cyclists and volunteers to totally different breweries and eating places Friday night.
“Town officers had a huddle, turned to us and requested, ‘If we had been to close down Lisbon Road, might you do one thing with that for the cyclists,’” Dostie mentioned.
Dostie mentioned the Trek Downtown — Road Takeover! will mark the primary time in a long time a bit of Lisbon Road has been closed for a single occasion over an prolonged interval.
“The road is yearly closed for the town’s vacation parade, however visitors isn’t shut down for very lengthy,” Dostie mentioned. “This can be a large alternative for the town by way of financial improvement. If we do that accurately, we’ll be placing (the town’s) greatest foot ahead.”
Dostie mentioned the Downtown Lewiston Affiliation has been working with metropolis departments, together with Public Works, to verify the detour routes for Lisbon Road are clearly marked.
He mentioned with out the help of Oxford On line casino and Austin Associates, each serving as sponsors for the occasion, “it wouldn’t have been attainable to prepare this.”
The Trek Downtown occasion is “tailor-made to the Trek participant,” Dostie mentioned, and can function a check to gauge the recognition of closing down Lisbon Road for different occasions.
“If it seems to be a wildly profitable factor,” he mentioned, “right here’s the potential to broaden it subsequent 12 months or to carry totally different facilities in.”
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