Procrastinator’ s New Year Resolution

For all you procrastinators out there, the Y is running a special promotion to get you moving this February. We will be offering Free Classes, prizes and special promotions all month long. Win a Membership for a Year! Fill out a Goal Sheet for February and post it on our Accountability Board. If you meet[…]

2017 Winter Newsletter

DEFY Swimmers

Our 2017 Winter Newsletter has been published and we a ton of new programs to help you and your family start the year off right. The Winter Session for swim lessons and adult fitness classes runs from January 2 – February 18. New progtams in 2017 include: Recreational Indoor Soccer, Country Heat Instructor’s Workshop, Middle School[…]

Fall Programming begins September 12th

Just after the kids get back to school the YMCA will start their Fall program schedule. Swim lessons, fall soccer, aerobics, and much more, begin the week of September 12th. A few programs, including any Aqua Aerobic classes, begin September 6th. Our Fall newsletter includes a ton of new programs and upcoming events, like: Pickleball[…]

Facility closures

From August 22 through August 28th the YMCA will be closed for renovations. We will be cleaning the pool, replacing lighting, painting, refinishing the gymnasium floor, replacing the men’s lockers and aggressively cleaning the entire facility. Our members may use the Blue Hill YMCA, Bangor YMCA, MDI YMCA or any other convenient YMCA location, free[…]

Echo Lake Results 2016

Sam Alvarado completed the Bill Reeve Echo Lake Swim sweep on Saturday, finishing first in the 500 yard swim and the 1.5 mile swim. Alvarado completed the 500 yard swim in 5:31.57, just ahead of Talor Hamilton and Brim Peabody, who finished in 5:41.72 and 5:43.74 respectively. Kristy Barry was the first female to finish[…]

2016 Echo Lake Swim

The 22nd Annual Bill Reeve Echo Lake Swim will take place on Saturday, August 13th. This year the swim is returning to Camp Beech Cliff. The Echo Lake Swim offers a 500 yard and a 1.5 mile swim/race. This year we are including a 2 person relay for the 1.5 mile swim. Last year competitors[…]

Bo Lewis Memorial Golf Tournament

The Annual Bo Lewis Golf Tournament for Camp Discovery will take place on Friday, July 8th at the Bar Harbor Golf Course in Trenton. The scramble format tournament raised over $15,000 last year to support sending kids to the Y’s summer camp on Webb Pond. The tournament offers cash prizes, a lobster dinner  & a[…]

Main Street Memorial Mile Results

225 participants ran, walked or strolled down Main Street for the Annual Main Street Memorial Mile. Sara Spenser kicked off the event with a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem.  Many of the participants wore race bibs with the names of loved ones who they were racing or walking in memory of. Perry LeBreton, 41,[…]

DEFY Press Fest

Registration is now open for the Semi-Annual DEFY Press Fest. The first DEFY Press Fest was held in January. More than 30 lifters competed in that event. This year the event is scheduled for Sunday, August 14th from 8:00am – 7:00pm. All competitors will participate in squat, deadlift, and bench press events. The competition will[…]

Iron Dolphin Triathlon Results

The early morning showers tapered off just in time for the beginning of the 1st Annual Iron Dolphin Triathlon on Sunday. 73 participants participated in the inaugural race, competing as individuals or teams in one of the 3 race distances offered. The Triathlon is a fundraiser for the DEFY Swim Team. Max Triathlon: 525 yard[…]

Main Street Memorial Day Mile 2016

Join us on Monday, May 30th for one of the most exciting events in Ellsworth! Run, skip, walk or stroll your way down Main Street in memory of loved ones during the Annual Main Street Memorial Mile. This race is part of EDEN ATHLETICS and SUB 5 race series! The 1st 100 registered will receive[…]

Kaufman 5K results

Over 130 runners & walkers participated in the 9th Annual Jerry Kaufman Memorial 5K on Saturday. Andrew Kephart, 31, of Ellsworth crossed the finish line first with a time of 17.37. Kephart was followed by 4 other runners who finished the 5K in under 20 minutes. Bob Ciano, 65, Victor Skorapa IV, 21, Andy Pereira,[…]

Iron Dolphin Triathlon

Sunday, May 15th On Sunday, May 15th the DEFY Swim Team will be holding the 1st Annual Iron Dolphin Triathlon. Finisher Medal for each participant. Swag Bags & T-shirts for first 100 registered. Free Childcare provided onsite for children aged 2 1/2 and older. Registration ends May 14th, no-day of registration. Each race will be[…]

Annual Dinner & Awards Night

HEROES AMONG US The Down East Family YMCA’s Annual Meeting and Awards Night will be held on Tuesday, March 29 at the Bryant E. Moore Community Center. The evening is principally a shareholder’s report for the community. The Y releases its financial statement from the previous year and recognizes the individuals who have supported the[…]

Jerry Kaufman Memorial 5K Run/Walk & Fun Run

The 9th Annual Jerry Kaufman Memorial 5K Run/Walk & Fun Run will be held on Saturday, April 23rd. Proceeds from the race benefit the ALS Maine Collaborative, Hancock County Home Care & Hospice and the YMCA. 7:30am Registration 8:30am 5K Walkers start 8:45am Kids Fun Run 9:00am 5K Runners start Registration Form

February Break Week Schedules

We have a ton of options to stay active over February Break. We have over 50 fitness programs, from Zumba to Tabata, offered throughout the week. Did you hit a lull with your New year’s Resolutions? Get back on track over February Break! Want a chance to see some of the fastest swimmers in the[…]

Share the Health

Give the gift of FUN, FAMILY & FITNESS with a Y Gift Certificate. What better way to show someone you care than by purchasing them the gift of health! YMCA gift Certificates are available in any size and can be redeemed for any Y program or membership. Give you friend a Personal Training session, your[…]

Breakfast with Santa

Santa Claus is coming to town! Join Santa for a delicious breakfast on Saturday, December 19th at the Moore Community Center from 8:00-10:30am. Enjoy a hot breakfast with live entertainment provided by the Libitzki School of Dance! Bring your camera to get a picture with Santa and the Nutcracker along with Clara. Kids are encouraged[…]

Shop online & support the Y!

The Y has registered with’s Smile Campaign which allows people to contribute to the Y while they shop online. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Support your charitable organization[…]

Veteran’s 4 Miler Results

More than 150 runners & walkers participated in the 2nd Annual Veteran’s 4 Miler on Sunday, November 10th. The race, sponsored by The First, takes place on the Sunday closest to Veteran’s Day each year. Louie Luchini finished first with a time of 21.06. Louie was followed by Perry LeBreton, Rob Shea and Phillip Niggemann[…]

Veteran’s 4 Miler & The Summit Project

On November 8th we are hosting the 2nd Annual Veterans Remembrance 4 miler. This Event is sponsored by the FIRST and a portion of money raised will go to WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT. This year we are thrilled to announce that we have partnered with the Summit Project. The Summit Project is the brainchild of Major[…]

Halloween Parade & Trunk or Treat

Halloween Activities for Saturday, October 31 3:00 – 5:00 pm: Trick or Treat at participating businesses on Main Street. 3:45 pm: Halloween Parade Line-up at Main Community Foundation (next to Angelo’s Pizza). 4:00 pm: Halloween Parade begins, ends at City Hall Parking Lot. 4:30 pm:  Trunk or Treat, sponsored by WNSX, at the City Hall[…]

Roger Willey Road Race Results

More  than 90 runners and walkers participated in this year’s Roger Willey Road Race last Saturday. The Roger Willey, sponsored by Willey’s Sports Center, features a 5K and 10K race. Andrew Kephart, 30, of Ellsworth won Saturday’s Roger Willey 10K in 37 minutes and 31 seconds. Chris Holt, 53, of Ellsworth placed second in 40:07;[…]

Fall Festival for Friends and Family

Fall Festival for Friends and Family Friday, Sept. 25th 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. FREE EVENT! Held at the General Bryant E. Moore Community Center A collaboration of the Down East YMCA Early Learning Center and Friends In Action List of Scheduled Events: •    Craftland in the Friends In Action cafeteria led by senior volunteers:  5:00 p.m.&[…]

Wilbur’s Run Results

The 3rd Annual Wilbur’s Run took place on Saturday, September 5 at the Blue Hill Fair. Phil Lebreton, 43, of Blue Hill placed first overall in the 5K with a time of 17 minutes and 48 seconds. Photo credit: Jennifer Smith Photography Haley Harwood, 26, of Portland was the first female finisher (22:08). Division winners[…]

Echo Lake Swim

The 21st Annual Bill Reeve Echo Lake Swim will take place on Saturday, August 15th. This year the swim is returning to Camp Beech Cliff. The Echo Lake Swim offers a 500 yard and a 1.5 mile swim/race. Last year competitors aged 6 to 80 participated in the event. This is a great event for[…]

Bo Lewis Memorial Scramble Golf Tournament

Golfers wanted! Spend an afternoon on the links to help send kids to camp! The annual Bo Lewis Memorial Scramble Golf Tournament & Auction is Friday, July 24th at the Bar Harbor Golf Course in Trenton. Proceeds from the tournament and auction benefit the Bo Lewis Camp Scholarship Fund. Great Prizes: A Hole in One[…]

Main Street Memorial Mile Results

Memorial Day Mile

More than 270 people, aged 3-88, participated in the Main Street Memorial Mile on Monday. Brayden Beardsley, 18, finished first in a time of 4:22.16. Brayden ran in memory of his Uncle, Marshall Dutton. Brayden was followed by Ty Ordand, 18, with a time of 4:26.69 and Ian Fraser, 31, with a time of 4:31.07.[…]

Kaufman Race Results

Over 200 people were on hand for the 8th Annual Jerry Kaufman Memorial 5 K Run/Walk and Fun Run. Andrew Kephart, 30, was the top overall finisher with a time of 17:14.29. Kephart was followed by Sarah Mulcahy, 29, with a time of 18:22.07, Chris Holt, 53, with a time of 18:54.27 and Bob Ciam,[…]