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The Maine Outdoor Wellness Center in Turner, ME was a dream of Roy Varney’s, a place where he could continue to train for nordic skiing and biathlon year-round, all while continuing to help out on the farm.
The Center seeks to preserve the memory of Roy Varney by providing opportunities to access the outdoors for all Turner and surrounding residents of central Maine and New England. The Center plans to provide an extensive cross country trail system on its 300+ acre farm that can be utilized year-round for hiking, skiing, biking, and running. Additional space for events and additional activities will be added as development progresses.
The Center has been incorporated as a non-profit and will be managed by a board of family members, Roy’s fellow ski mates, coaches, and friends.
Updates from the Center
We regret to post that the 2022 Roy Varney Hornet Classic is canceled. It was a painful and tough decision but with the predicted wind chill between -17 and -12 and wind gusts near 28mph, it is too risky. Though the predicted air temp of 6 degrees is raceable, it...
Current Conditions: Updated Sunday, January 9, 2022 Trails freshly groomed on Saturday, January 8th 2022. Comments: The fields were groomed Saturday morning with 5K available in the fields. The woods are still thin but maybe skiable in parts. It is a...
Current Conditions: Updated Thursday, December 23, 2021 Comments: Welcome back to the Maine Outdoor Wellness Center for Nordic skiing! The fields were groomed this morning. There are icy patches with fast frozen granular snow. Be cautious skiing as it is very fast!...
The essence of Roy was laughter, being a shoulder for a friend to lean on, lifting everyone up, figuratively and literally, and bringing energy into any room he entered. Roy lived life to the fullest.