Down East Sunrise Trail Relay

The Down East Sunrise Trail Relay starts in Ellsworth, known as the Crossroads of Down East Maine, and finishes in Eastport, the Eastern Most City in the USA.

Teams of four to eight competitors will run thru the night and into the next day in individual relay legs ranging from just under 4-miles to just over 10-miles. The extremely scenic route is 102.7-miles total in length, with the first 85-miles taking place along the multi-use, rails-to-trails corridor connecting Washington Junction to Ayers Junction. The relay route continues on MAP206, a classic Maine off-road, back-woods ATV trail. The final miles follow the paved Sipayik Trail along the Pleasant Point, Passamquoddy waterfront, before joining scenic Route 190, and finishing along the seawall in historic Eastport!

RACE DATE: July 19th & 20th, 2024

START LOCATION: Washington Junction, Maine • 04605

IMPORTANT INFO: Please see our FAQ Page and Race Handbook <<printed copies MUST be presented at race check-in to pick up team bib numbers

: Register early and save!

  • $50 per runner (reg open – February 29)

  • $60 per runner (March 1 – May 31)

  • $65 per runner (June 1 – June 30)

  • $70 per runner (July 1 – reg close)


  • Start location—  Washington Junction, 2 Railroad Siding Road on the Ellsworth / Hancock town line.

  • Start times— Team start times will be staggered based on anticipated pace information submitted at the time of registration. Race officials anticipate the various start times to range from as early as 3:30PM Friday until as late as 1AM Saturday.

    • Staggering start times allows all teams to finish within the same approximate 2-hour window on Saturday. (i.e., Slower teams will take longer to cover the distance, while faster teams will arrive at the finish line in fewer total hours.)

    • Start times will be emailed to Team Captains in July.

    • Race officials reserve the right to adjust start times by one hour if the weather forecast is predicting extreme heat. Teams will be notified accordingly. (Raise your hand if you ran the oven that was 2019!)


  • Finish location— Overlook Park & Sutherland Amphitheater, Water Street in Eastport.

  • Approximate finish times— Based on the pace information submitted at the time of registration by each runner, race officials anticipate teams finishing between about 10AM and about 12PM. However, some teams may finish before or after these times.

For more information, please check the event website!

Event Details


July 19 - July 20, 2024

Venue Address

Washington Junction, Hancock, Maine 04605