Have you ever hiked the 26 peaks of Acadia? Or maybe you’ve been thinking about it, and it’s on your Acadia National Park hiking bucket list?
Now there’s a way to earn a medal for bagging the peaks, or even for virtually “climbing” them, by signing up for the 2020 Acadia to Katahdin Virtual Race, which runs from Aug. 9 through Dec. 31, 2020. Register now. See details below.
List of Acadia National Park mountains
Here’s a list of the 26 peaks in Acadia National Park. The list includes the old names for 11 of the mountain peaks and the height of each of the mountains. This list is hard to find. It used to be prominent on the park Web site, but we found it most recently at the Cadillac Summit Gift Shop.
Two of the peaks listed below do not have maintained trails on them, and there are two popular mountains that were not included, for whatever reason, in the park’s original list.
So for the Acadia to Katahdin Virtual Race route, we have added Kebo Mountain and Conners Nubble, but left out McFarland and Youngs Mountains.
Hope to see you on the trails of Acadia in real life – or in virtual reality!
Acadia to Katahdin Virtual Race – climb Acadia peaks, earn medal
The virtual race helps support Friends of Acadia, Millinocket Memorial Library, Our Katahdin and Mount Desert Island Marathon, all 501(c)(3) charities.
Start by virtually climbing all 26 peaks of Acadia, move on to virtually run the Mount Desert Island Marathon and Half, then criss-cross the state, covering some or all of the real-life routes of such races as Bridge the Gap, Down East Sunrise Trail Relay and Millinocket Marathon and Half, before ending with a marathon up Katahdin.
Along the way, you’ll get to virtually visit Isle au Haut and Schoodic, the more remote parts of Acadia National Park, stops along a Stephen King tour, and other scenic spots along the coast of Maine.
And in a special detour, you’ll get to virtually run the route of the Boston Marathon, also cancelled this pandemic year, and the setting of the 17th annual New Years Boston Run slated for Jan. 1, 2021 (crowathletics.com/boston-new-years-run).
(This virtual race is not officially affiliated with Boston Marathon or any of the other real-life races, other than as the virtual edition of the Maine Sea to Summit Series, co-sponsored by acadiaonmymind.com and runmdi.org.)
Wherever you are in the world, you can participate virtually by running or walking and logging your miles. Watch your avatar move along on a map from Acadia to Katahdin, jumping from segment to segment.
You have 145 days, until December 31, to complete the segments. To ensure you cross the finish line and to take into account any mileage rounding issues, be sure to log a few extra tenths of a mile. And if you opted in for special finisher’s medal(s), they will be mailed beginning in mid-October, upon your completion. Everyone is a winner, with final medals mailed soon after December 31, whether you completed the segments by then or not.
Acadia to Katahdin Virtual Race medal options, and gift giveaways
Below are the medal options available in this race, ranging from the new “Maine STRONG” medal ($18 each) to two special fundraising medals, ($12 each), plus three classic medal options ($10 each), to help raise funds for the Acadia -area and Millinocket charities. Make your choice when you sign up for the virtual race. All virtual racers automatically are entered into a gift giveaway, details of giveaway to be announced once the list of gifts is finalized.