Trail Run

Glenn Gordon, Race Director, Dee Dee’s Swift River Trail 5K Run and Walk

5 Tucker Street

Mexico, ME 04257



August 2022 – Sandee and Glenn Gordon are hosting the fourth annual Dee Dee’s Swift River Trail 5K Run and Walk on Sunday, September 25, 2022 at the Mexico Rec Park.  The proceeds of the race go to support Telstar and Mountain Valley Seniors going into the healthcare field through the Dee Dee Palmer Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Dorothy Dawn (Dee Dee) Palmer was a junior at Telstar High School when she was killed in an automobile accident in November 2007.  Dee Dee lived in Andover and had many friends and family in the Bethel and Rumford-Mexico areas. Dee Dee was active in music and theater activities, field hockey and cross-country running. She was the historian for the Future Business Leaders of America.  Dee Dee aspired to pursue higher education and a career in nursing.

The first Dee Dee Palmer Memorial Scholarship was awarded in June 2008 to a Telstar senior from Andover pursuing higher education and a career in a healthcare field.  The fund has awarded 20 scholarships ($13,000) since its inception.  

The 2021 recipients were Telstar senior, Bailey Fraser and Mountain Valley Seniors, Haley Coulombe and Lauren Pepin.

The race start will be at the band stand at the Mexico Rec Park. Online registration opened in August at Run Sign Up website Registration on the day of the race will open at 8:00.   The race starting at 9:00.  The first 100 registrations will receive an exclusive t-shirt to commemorate the event.  The tax-deductible registration fee is $25.00 for all participants prior to September 22.  Registration is $25.00 the day of the event.

This is a 5K trail run or walk starting at the Mexico Recreation Center along the Swift River.  It is a mostly flat course on maintained 4-wheeler trails. It is an out and back course.  It is suitable for runners and walkers of all abilities.  This event is designed for the whole family to participate and enjoy.  There will be refreshments, drawings and awards following the race.

All proceeds from the registration after expenses will go to sustain the scholarship fund.  You can make donations by mail.  Make checks payable to the Dee Dee Palmer Memorial Scholarship fund and send them Dee Dee’s Trail Run c/o Sandee Gordon, 5 Tucker St., Mexico, ME.  

There are many opportunities to for you or your group to volunteer for this event.  If you are interested, contact Glenn Gordon at (207)418-2946 or by e-mail