Horseback Trail Ride Offers New Way to Fight Back Against Cancer


Each year, Mainers of all ages walk, run, and ride bicycles and motorcycles at EMMC Champion the Cure Challenge so that someday, nobody will have to hear the words “you have cancer.” In 2018, for the first time ever, horseback trail riders will be able to take the challenge by participating in an event created specifically for them.

The inaugural EMMC Champion the Cure Challenge trail ride is scheduled for October 13. The trail ride will augment the signature walk/run/ride event, which will take place on August 18 at EMMC Cancer Care in Brewer.

Breast cancer survivor and City of Brewer employee D’arcy Main-Boyington pitched the idea of a horseback trail ride after being contacted by EMMC Champion the Cure Challenge event organizers to discuss holding the paddle event on the Brewer Waterfront. She views the trail ride as an opportunity to give back while doing something she loves.

“This year, Champion the Cure Challenge became personal for me,” she said. “I developed breast cancer just about a year ago. One of the things that made it hard for me was not being able to ride my horse. But it also has given me a reason to push really hard physically, so when the riding season comes around I’ll be ready for it. Being able to make a difference and do something that is really important to the community makes me really happy.”

The location of the trail ride is 99 White Road in Corinna, on the property of Rita Brooks. Event organizers expect around 100 riders and their horses to participate.

Also this year, for the first time ever, paddlers will be able to take to the water to support local cancer research. The EMMC Champion the Cure Challenge paddle event is scheduled for September 15 on the Brewer waterfront.

For a video sneak peek of the trail ride or to sign up for any EMMC Champion the Cure Challenge activity, please click here.