Team DeLorme to Trek Across Maine with American Lung Association

(May 30, 2013)

On Father’s Day weekend, the American Lung Association of the Northeast will celebrate the 29th annual Trek Across Maine, with more than 2,000 cyclists taking off from Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry and finishing up at Steamboat Landing Park in Belfast. The event is the largest fundraiser for the nonprofit organization nationwide, raising $1.8 million in 2012, with a goal of $2 million for 2013.

For the ninth consecutive year, Chip Noble, of Gray, will ride in the Trek with Team DeLorme. Noble serves as team captain. Team DeLorme is a corporate team comprised of employees, friends and family of long-time innovation leader in mapping and GPS solutions Delorme, headquartered in Yarmouth. The company has been responsible for creating the route maps for the Trek Across Maine since 1998, a job handed down to Noble when the original mapmaker left the company.

Noble creates the maps for the entire three days of the Trek, which are posted to the website and published for Trekkers to use throughout the weekend. He also creates posters that are present at each start line and rest stop throughout Trek weekend. In recent years, the company has also signed on to create the maps for Cycle the Seacoast, the American Lung Association’s one-day Trek in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

This year, a handful of cyclists will ride in the Trek Across Maine equipped with GPS tracking units, according to Noble. These select few are top fundraisers and team captains of some of the larger Trek teams. Friends and loved ones of the selected trekkers can track their progress and also send them messages and emails throughout the weekend. The trekkers will also be able to send messages back to friends and loved ones, people who have donated, or sponsors, for example.

“The services provided to us by DeLorme are a great asset to the American Lung Association and the Trek Across Maine,” said Jeff Seyler, President & CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast. “Mapping our ride is such a crucial element to keeping trekkers safe and on track throughout the weekend. We are grateful for DeLorme’s commitment to both the Trek Across Maine and Cycle the Seacoast in May.”

Chip Noble DeLorme
Chip Noble with daughter Emma in 2012 and Amy Noble with Abby, 4

For Noble, riding in the Trek Across Maine has become a tradition for him and several members of his family. His wife’s brother Kenny Volock and his wife Tammy typically ride in the Trek alongside Noble. Chip’s wife, Amy, has also been a part of the cycling team a couple of times, before their two children were born. Now, Amy and their two daughters, Abby and Emma, are there to greet Noble and the rest of the time at each finish line on Trek weekend. “I have been riding in the Trek Across Maine longer than I’ve been a father, so this has always been our Father’s Day tradition,” explains Noble. His oldest daughter, Abby, will turn five on June 5. “She is almost old enough to start riding in the Trek with me,” continued Noble. He looks forward to the day when all four members of his family can ride in the Trek Across Maine together, as part of Team DeLorme.

On Friday, June 14, more than 2,000 will leave from Sunday River Ski Resort and make the 180-mile Trek to Belfast. Cyclists come from all over the country to be a part of the weekend. All proceeds benefit the American Lung Association and help fund valuable research, education and advocacy.

To learn more about the Trek Across Maine, to register, or to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit Biketreknewengland.org. Route maps are also available for viewing, courtesy of DeLorme. You may also visit the website to learn more about the American Lung Association of the Northeast’s other bike treks in Cape Cod and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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