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On Deck, a sports calendar for Oct. 4, 2018|


ORLAND — Wildlands Adventure Challenge Saturday, Oct. 6, sanctioned by the United States Adventure Racing Association; offerings include a three-hour beginners race for people who can walk or jog a 5K or paddle a mile and involves hiking and kayaking; and eight-hour race, which includes hiking, kayaking and mountain biking. All proceeds benefit event host, Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust. Race entry includes a swag bag, postrace pizza and drinks, kayak rental, prizes and giveaways. The eight-hour race is $80 per adult, $40 under 18; the beginner race is $40, $20 under 18. For information or to register, go to or search for the The Wildlands Adventure Challenge on Facebook. Cliff White, Wildlands Adventure Challenge Co-Director, 207-650-8698, . Contact: Shawn Mercer, Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust, 207-322-6725, .


BANGOR — Bangor High School varsity basketball coaches Brad Libby and Joe Nelson will conduct a five-week, 10-session program open to both boys and girls from any town in grades 5-8, 6:30-8 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 8-17, at the Bangor High School gymnasium. This program will help players work on skills and learn game situations; $10 per session; register at


ORRINGTON — The 7th annual Muskrat Scramble Canoe/Kayak/SUP race, Oct. 13, 1 p.m., on Sedgeunkedunk Stream, near Kozy Korner store, noon registration; beginners welcome, experts expected; choose a 2.5-mile or a 4.5-mile course, all flatwater, out-and-back race is free; trophies, cider and doughnuts; call Larry at 825-4577 or


BREWER — Registration is open for Brewer Youth Hockey’s Bruins Academy program, for all new players and players ages 4-9 who participated in Learn to Skate or Learn to Play last season. Players who played on a team, such as Mini Mites, or participated in Bruins Academy last year, are not eligible. Spots are limited; $100 includes full set of equipment to keep and four on-ice sessions with Brewer Youth Hockey coaches. Children who do not know how to skate will be taught. Visit .

BREWER — Brewer Youth Hockey is accepting registrations for its Learn to Skate and Learn to Play Hockey sessions at Penobscot Ice Arena, 90 Acme Road. There will be two 12-week sessions and participants can sign up for one session or both. Sessions will be held at 12:40 p.m. starting Oct. 28 and cost $75 each. Three-year-olds skate for $33. The second session starts in mid-January. Registration is open for all other teams including Mites, Squirts, Peewees, Girls U10-U12-U14, and Bantams, plus the new “Inferno Unified Girls Program.” Contact Kevin Nilsson at, Paul Pangburn at or George Bishop at Rental gear and scholarship funds available. To register, go to:


Weekly Schedules

HAMPDEN — Armstrong Tennis Center, 60 Mecaw Road; Tuesdays and Thursdays: Open play, 5-8 p.m., Wednesdays: Open “Experienced” play; Saturdays: Open “All Levels” play, 10 a.m. to noon

OLD TOWN — Old Town-Orono YMCA, 472 Stillwater Ave.; Mondays: Open “All Levels” play, 9 a.m. to noon; Fridays: Open “All Levels” Play, 9 a.m. to noon


SULLIVAN — Autumn Trail Race 9 a.m.-noon Sunday, Nov. 4, in Sullivan. Run for a good cause at the scenic Baker Hill and Long Ledges Preserves. The 4-mile course is single track trail and the 8-mile course includes some dirt road, online preregistration $20; Part of the Double Trouble Trail Race Series with Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust’s Wildlands Race on Oct. 28. Preregister for both Frenchman Bay Conservancy and GPMCT races for only $35. Online registration closes one week before each race. Race-day registration closes 30 minutes before the start. Visit Find more races at

GARDINER — The Gardiner 5-Mile Road Race returns, 8 a.m., Monday, Oct. 8, beginning and finishing at Maine General’s Gardiner campus, which is located at 150 Dresden Avenue. Proceeds of the race will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Kennebec Valley’s capital campaign. A 1-mile time split, refreshments, and Tt-shirts will be provided. Registration forms are available by contacting the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Gardiner at 582-8458. Race directors are Orm Irish ( and Mark Johnston (

BAR HARBOR — Running for Rides Mary Parker Memorial 5K Race, 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, at Bar Harbor Pat’s Pizza at 6 Pleasant Street, race goes through a portion of the Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park. All proceeds benefit Island Connections.

Pete Warner

Pete graduated from Bangor High School in 1980 and earned a B.S. in Journalism (Advertising) from the University of Maine in 1986. He grew up fishing at his family's camp on Sebago Lake but didn't take...