Alewives 5K and 10K Races

Alewives 5K and 10K race to help restore the Damariscotta Fish LadderDamariscotta Mills, Maine is home of Maine’s oldest fish ladder and most productive alewife fishery. The fish ladder was constructed by the Towns of Nobleboro and Newcastle in 1807 at the state’s request after mills had blocked access to the fresh water falls for nearly a century. In 2007, after two centuries of use, the fish ladder needed a major restoration and the project was initiated by the Towns in collaboration with the Nobleboro Historical Society. Restoration of the fish ladder is critical to the health of the Damariscotta River alewife stocks. Come race with us and help restore the fish ladders!

Race Info

Sunday, May 28, 2017
5K and 10K Races at 8:00 a.m.
Benefits the Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration


Awards for first place male and female finishers

Entry Fee

  • 12 and under run free
  • 13 - 20 years old $20.00. On race day add an additional $5.00
  • 20 years old and up $35.00. On race day add an additional $5.00
  • Preregistration - There will be a $2.75 processing fee per runner added at check out.
  • Day of race registration 7:00 - 7:45 a.m.

First 100 participants will receive a race shirt.

Packet Pick-up

Day of race 7:00 - 7:45 a.m.

Race Policy

If race is canceled due to extreme weather conditions, there will be no make-up date and no refunds.

About Alewives

Alewives are an important part of the food chain and they contribute to the health of the marine environment and to the lakes and streams where the fish spawn. In the spring, alewives serve as a source of fresh bait for local lobstermen who are setting out gear after a winter ashore. The Towns of Newcastle and Nobleboro have harvested alewives since the 1700s and, by balancing conservation and economic goals, they have carefully tended the Damariscotta River alewife stocks. Today, all funds received for harvested alewives are spent to maintain and restore the fish ladder and harvesting area. For more information visit their website Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration