Friday, September 17, 2010

Wells Reserve at Laudholm to launch EcoSports Day

The Wells Reserve at Laudholm is launching a new annual event to encourage people of all ages to get active, be fit, and go green while enjoying sports of the land, sea, and sky in one of Maine’s most beautiful locations.
The first EcoSports Day will be held rain or shine on Sunday, September 26, from 10 am to 3 pm at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm. The event is free for Laudholm Trust members, $3 for non-members 17 and older, $1 for those 6 to 16, and free for children under 6.
According to Diana Joyner, president of the Laudholm Trust, attendees should be ready to participate in activities. “This is not just a vendor show where companies simply show products and services,” notes Joyner. “This is an active event where attendees are heavily encouraged to participate by trying out surfboards, paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, yoga or even zumba.”
Joyner notes that paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, yoga, zumba, fitness gear, and golf, are a few of several activities. This will also be an opportunity to ride in the tethered RE/MAX Realty One hot-air balloon above historic Laudholm Farm and the beautiful Little River estuary (additional fee).
The day begins with the second annual Laudholm 5K Run and 2.5K Walk. The run follows a scenic route mostly on the trails of the Wells Reserve at Laudholm. Sign-in starts at 9 am. The 5K Run and 2.5K Walk start at 10. Advance registration is preferred.
“The concept for EcoSports Day originated with our NextGen Council, a committee of young Laudholm Trust members who are taking an active role in planning exciting new events designed to promote active lifestyles and local businesses who share our mission,” says Joyner. “All of our vendors will be encouraging attendees to try out their equipment, experience their sports, and discover new ways to enjoy indoor and outdoor sports. We are hoping to attract people of all ages, especially young adults and families who want to become more involved in the Wells Reserve at Laudholm.”
According to Joyner, members of the Nor’easters Kite Flying Club will be hoping for a good breeze so they can display a variety of spectacular kites, flying techniques, and designs. The reggae group Pressure Points will perform between 11 am and 1 pm. New England Brisketeers will offer fresh-smoked barbecue and Duffy’s Tavern & Grill will serve beer and non-alcoholic beverages.
Vendors on hand for EcoSports Day will include Wheels n Waves, Liquid Dreams, Aquaholics, Sacred Movement Yoga, Purvida Studio, Kennebunkport Bicycle, Mim on a Whim, Hillcrest Golf, HydiGolf, Follow Delaine, Hyperlite Mountain Gear, Quest Fitness, Mountain View Golf, Southern Maine Aviation, Kennebunkport Marina, the RE/MAX Realty One Hot Air Balloon, Prime Toyota, and The Landing Boat School.
EcoSports Day is sponsored by Sevigney-Lyons Insurance Agency and Dietz Associates Inc, creative marketing and design. Proceeds from the event benefit Laudholm Trust, the nonprofit organization that supports coastal research, education, stewardship, and preservation at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve.
The Wells Reserve is located at 342 Laudholm Farm Road, just off Routes 1 and 9 near the Wells-Kennebunk line and just 7 minutes from Maine Turnpike exit 19. The site boasts several historic buildings, excellent exhibits, and seven miles of easy hiking trails through fields and forests to salt marshes and a sandy beach.
For more information, visit or call 207-646-4521.
Photo caption: EcoSports Day offers attendees a chance to try out surfboards, paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, yoga or even zumba. (Courtesy photo)