Registration open for 2023 Thrill of the Hill trail race at Beech Hill 

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ROCKPORT — “Coastal Mountains Land hosts the most exciting, most scenic trail race of the year: Thrill of the Hill,” said CMLT, in a news release.

This community-friendly race takes place Saturday, Oct. 7, beginning at 9 a.m., at Beech Hill Preserve.

Runners of all levels and speedy walkers are welcome.

The 3.7-mile trail race begins and ends atop Beech Hill at the stone hut. Runners will start downhill on the gravel Farm Road Trail, then turn onto the new Extension Trail. Runners will continue onto Erickson Fields Preserve and its trails and make a small loop before returning to the same route, with a steady climb uphill. All trails are 6-10ft wide with gravel or dirt surfacing and minimal roots and rocks.

Sign up as an individual or register as a team of 3-5 runners with your final times averaged together. Prizes will be given to the top three individual and team finishers.

“Bring your family, challenge your friends, experience one of the Midcoast’s most magical places, and run on a bold, but accessible course at the 2023 Thrill of the Hill Race,” said CMLT.

Race sponsor is Maine State Credit Union; participant registration will directly support the improvement of Beech Hill and its trails.

Visit to register.

Contact for more information.


Coastal Mountains Land Trust has worked since 1986 to permanently conserve land to benefit the natural and human communities of the western Penobscot Bay. The Land Trust has protected over 13,000 acres, offering 50 miles of trails for public recreation. 

Event Date: 

Sat, 10/07/2023 - 9:00am

Event Location: 

Beech Hill Preserve


316 Beech Hill Road
Rockport, ME 04856
United States