The nearly 2,000 riders who participated in this year’s Trek Across Maine bike ride — the 27th consecutive installment of the fundraiser for the American Lung Association — completed their journey in Belfast Sunday, June 19, under sunny skies and with support from people lining the streets.

The three-day, 180-mile bike ride started at Sunday River in Bethel on Friday, June 17. Riders stopped at the University of Maine Farmington the first night, then rode from UMF to Colby College in Waterville on the second day. Sunday saw riders traveling from Waterville to Belfast Common. Each leg of the Trek is about 60 miles, according to the Trek’s website.

Trek participants collect pledges to raise money for the Lung Association, and according to a press release from the group, this year’s event was expected to raise about $1.8 million.

“The Trek has become more than just an annual bicycle ride and fundraiser, said Jeffrey Seyler, CEO of the American Lung Association of New England (which is part of the American Lung Association), in a press release. “The individuals and businesses who participate in the Trek as riders, sponsors and volunteers become year-round advocates and partners in the work we do to protect lung health and promote healthy air in Maine.”

That same press release noted that the Trek means different things to different people. For some it is a family tradition on Father’s Day weekend, for some it is a fundraising competition for a good cause, and for others it’s a tribute to family members of friends who have lived with — and in many cases, died from — lung disease.

Teams of riders with ties to the Midcoast included a team from athenahealth — nearly 50 members strong — which collected pledges totaling $28,344, according to the Trek website. A 14-member team from Bank of America raised $7,696, according to the website.

For more information about the Trek Across Maine or the American Lung Association of New England, please visit, or call 1-800-499-LUNG, ext. 0312.