Midcoast Conservancy will host the eighth annual Race Through the Woods at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson on Sunday, September 30. Registration is open, and racers are encouraged to sign up early. The race is run on rustic trails in the woods, with highly varied terrain, where slippery roots or loose rocks demand concentration and focus.

Racers have two course options to choose from: a 13-mile half-marathon, and a 5.5-mile race. 

This race is open to beginners, novices and experienced trail runners alike. The atmosphere is not competitive. After the race everyone is encouraged to stick around and enjoy a bonfire, hot cider or a beer from Oxbow Brewery, and a lunch of corn chowder, sides and dessert. Prizes will be awarded for different age classes at the end of the day.

Kids 10 years and under can participate in an obstacle race starting at about 10:30 a.m. Registration for the kids’ race is free. The course will feature small hurdles, jumps and mazes. After the official race, kids are welcome to enjoy the course at their own pace.

Race fees are $30 for the half-marathon, and $20 for the 5K. Prices go up after September 1. Each racer in the half-marathon and the 5.5-miler will receive a Race Through the Woods T-shirt with registration. Additional prizes will be given to first-place finishers (men and women) in age categories. Prizes will include local food and goods donated by businesses and volunteers. To register, go to www.midcoastconservancy.org. For more information, call 389-5150.