MOUNT DESERT — A local varsity coach and biathlete is set to attempt an arduous athletic endeavor for a good cause.
Aaron Long, head outdoor track coach and assistant cross-country coach at Mount Desert Island High School, will be attempting what he is calling the “Acadia Ponds and Trails Swim Run” this weekend. The roughly 19–mile journey will take Long across Mount Desert Island to raise money for the Mount Desert Nursery School.
On Sunday, Long, who is also Mount Desert Nursery School’s executive director, will run the first leg of the trip from the MDI High School track to Mount Desert Campground. From there, he will traverse a stretch that includes Somes Sound, Somes Pond, Long Pond, Camp Beach Cliff on Echo Lake and Mile Rock before concluding his journey in Seal Cove.
Long had originally planned for the “swim run” to be held as the