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Cycling and pedestrian poker run returns

Poker run winner Caleb Guy proudly displays his prize money on Monday, June 27, 2016 outside the Fort Kent Municipal Building. (Courtesy of Cindy Bouley)

FORT KENT, Maine — A hand of three aces propelled then second-grader Caleb Guy to victory last year in a poker run which the Fort Kent Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee sponsored.

The committee is hosting the event again this year on Saturday, Sept. 23 in an effort to encourage physical activity and to highlight the available trails in Fort Kent.

Walkers, runners and bicyclists are welcome to join in the fun which guarantees a $200 prize for the top poker hand. Other prizes include memberships or passes to local outdoor recreation activities, valued between $36 and $90, and caps and T-shirts depicting  the Fish River Greenway Logo.

Participants will pick up their first and fifth playing cards at the Riverside Park Gazebo, where the race begins and ends. The other three destinations are the levee at the mouth of Island Trail, the train trestle and Lonesome Pine Trails.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. The cost to register is $5 per hand or $15 per family of walkers, runners and cyclists.

There will be a free hotdog roast for participants and volunteers after the race.

For more information, contact Steve Pelletier, Fort Kent’s Director of Planning and Economic Development and a member of the bicycle and pedestrian committee, at (207) 834-3507.

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