Pedaling for Clean Air, Healthy Lungs

Photo caption: 2010 Mid Coast Hospital Trek Across Maine Team

Mid Coast Hospital fielded its largest cycling team yet in this year's 180-mile American Lung Association (ALA) Trek Across Maine. The team raised $15,000 for the ALA.

While eight members of the team set out early, 20 cyclists packed bikes, gear, and themselves onto a school by at the hospital Thursday evening, June 17, for the ride to the starting line at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry.

The first leg of the three-day Mountains to the Sea journey took the team to the University of Maine at Farmington, and the second to Colby College in Waterville. The Trek ended at Steamboat Landing Park in Belfast.

In total, ALA raised more than $1.5 million in pelages from the event. The cycling event raises awareness and funds for research to fight lung disease, as well as for clean are projects to improve air quality in Maine and throughout New England.