The mission of the Mount Desert Island YMCA is to develop community, character, personal growth and wellness in spirit, mind and body for the greater MDI community.
The MDI YMCA, as an Acadia Centennial Partner, will link both our Spring and Summer half marathons with the Centennial Celebration of Acadia National Park. The course of our Acadia Half Marathon in early June and the Fall Half Marathon in September are both 75% within ANP, including the stunning Ocean Drive section of the Park Loop Road and the iconic carriage roads. Working with the Mount Desert Island Historical Society, we will include a one-page Run Through History! orientation to ANP and its history for all participants of both races.
We will also include a hard copy orientation to the Acadia Centennial events of the month with a link to the Acadia Centennial Website in the packets for both half-marathons.
Again, in collaboration with the Mount Desert Island Historical Society, we will also dedicate space in our building for at least a month or more to show case the park and it’s history, with an orientation to youth and multi-generational enjoyment of the park.
The MDI YMCA also seems like a good fit with the now-forming Youth Engagement Working Group. We hope to participate on that team, if appropriate. Talking with other Acadia Centennial Partners, I’m sure that we can figure out more ways for us to collaborate through our childcare and camp programs as well.