Down East Sunrise Trail Relay
Maine's first & ONLY all night relay!
2018 • Fifth Edition
The Down East Sunrise Trail Relay starts in Ellsworth, known as the Crossroads of Down East Maine, and finishes in Eastport, the Eastern Most City in the USA.
The extremely scenic route is 102.7 miles in length, with the first 85-miles run along the multi-use, rails-to-trails corridor connecting Washington Junction to Ayers Junction. The relay route continues on MAP206, another rails-to-trail surface. The final miles are paved along scenic Route 190 before finishing in historic Eastport.
Teams of 4 to 8 runners will run thru the night and into the next day in individual relay legs ranging from just under 4 miles to just over 10 miles and finish at our NEW fabulous seaside post race celebration held in downtown Eastport!
NEW FOR 2018!
We are very excited to announce some amazing updates for our 2018 edition!
- Leg 15 has changed!
We are thrilled to have received the blessing of Passamaquoddy Tribe who have granted us permission to run along their Sipayik trail and thru Pleasant Point Reservation.
What this means is as teams exit the DEST trail at Route 1 in Perry instead of turning right and heading up the hill to run toward Eastport on Rt 190, runners will cross Rt 1 and continue on a car free paved trail into Pleasant Point. The Leg 15 hand-off location is in the same spot as all previous editions. For more info click HERE.
- Leg 16 and our finish line has changed!
This is the biggest news of all! We have a new finish line located in downtown Eastport! The new route will still take in a circuit of town (albeit a slightly different loop) before runners finish near the world famous mermaid and fisherman statues overlooking Eastport Harbor!
The overall length of the DEST Relay is still 102.7 miles!
For more info click HERE.
- New fabulous finish line & festival!
Eastport is hosting a fabulous finish line festival and meal. Tickets MUST be purchased in advance (to allow our gracious hosts time to prepare) and MUST be purchased separately from race registration.
You can see menus, details and purchase tickets HERE.
RACE DATE: July 20th & 21st, 2018
START LOCATION: Washington Junction, Maine • 04605
$49 per runner until 11:59pm July 20th
SIGN UP: Click HERE
RACE SHIRTS: Click HERE to view or order. (Note: shirts are optional and must be ordered separately)
NEW! FINISH LINE FESTIVAL: Click HERE to learn more or order. (Note: tickets are optional and must be ordered separately)