Smolt Bolt

Smolt Bolt Start 2015

Register below and join us for the 5th Annual Smolt Bolt and Bloater Bash at the East Machias Fisheries Center on May 20th!  The Smolt Bolt is a spring road race celebrating the migration of Atlantic salmon smolts from their freshwater home to the ocean, where they will embark on their great migration to the North Atlantic feeding grounds.  The race begins across from Dunkin’ Donuts in Machias at the Sunrise Trail parking lot and follows this incredibly scenic section of trail along the river to EMARC.  The 4 mile course is flat the whole way, making it a great race for all abilities.  Registration begins at 7:00am at EMARC and shuttles will begin bringing people to the start at 8:00am.  The race will officially start at 9:00am. Following the race we will celebrate another great migration, the spring alewife run, with a Bloater Bash!  Bloaters are whole smoked alewives, prepared and smoked in the traditional fashion right here at EMARC.  Join us in celebrating the run of this magnificent species and learn about the history and significance of the great bolater!  We will also be running tours of the Peter Gray Hatchery at EMARC throughout the day, so you can sneak a peek at our 300,000+ juvenile Atlantic salmon.  Spring is a wonderful time of year here in Maine, with so much to be grateful for!  Come join us in the celebration!!

You can sign up in person at EMARC, or you can fill out the registration form below and pay online.  If you would rather download the application and send a check, you can do that too.  Please make checks payable to: “The Downeast Salmon Federation” and mail to: 13 Willow St. East Machias, ME 04630.

The registration fee is $15 before May 1st.  After May 1st online registration will close and people can register the day of for $20.


  • To be officially registered, payment must be received (credit card, PayPal, check or cash accepted). Please fill out this form as completely as possible. We will not share your information.
  • Please enter a value between 3 and 125.
    Walkers are welcome, but there is no prize for the fastest walker.
  • Sizing is adjusted from last year, the shirts are unisexed-sized, and longer than last year.
  • By Submitting this form, I agree to the following:

    Waiver: I know that running a road race is a potentially hazardous activity. I understand that this race takes place on a dirt trail where loose surface, puddles and other obstacles and traffic may be present. Though there will be EMS presence, I understand that ambulances may not reach all sections of the trail and distressed runners may have to be transported to an ambulance by other means (such as by all-terrain vehicle). I know that I (or my child) should not enter this event unless I am (he/she is) medically able and properly trained. I am (he/she is) voluntarily participating in this activity and I assume all risks associated with running this event including, without limitation, dehydration, overheating, hypothermia or other weather-related injuries, tripping, slipping or falling on or off the trail, and colliding with other runners or obstacles. Having read this waiver and knowing these facts and in consideration of your accepting my entry fee, I, for myself, and anyone entitled to act on my behalf, waive and release the Downeast Salmon Federation, the towns of Machias and East Machias, Downeast Sunrise Trail, and all sponsors, their representatives and successors, for any and all claims or liabilities of any kind arising out of my (or my child’s) participation in this event. It is recommended that you consult a physician prior to participating in any sporting event. I HAVE READ AND AGREE TO THE TERMS ABOVE, INCLUDING THE WAIVER AND RELEASE, UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE GIVEN UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS BY SIGNING THIS FORM AND SIGN IT VOLUNTARILY.
  • Price: $15.00
  • American Express
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