The Recorder – Great River Challenge breaks fundraising record in 2021

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Posted: 10/19/2021 11:05:59 AM

NORTHFIELD – In its sixth year, the Great River Challenge triathlon broke fundraising and participation records on October 9.

With the exception of 2020, the Great River Challenge has been held annually since 2012. The event aims to highlight the area’s outdoor recreation opportunities while also raising money for the Outdoor RV program. air from the Northfield Kiwanis Club.

“Fundraising, registrations and donations topped all previous levels this year, making summer campsites available to Northfield families thanks to a grant from lead sponsor Northfield Kiwanis in the city’s recreation department,” Joan and Steve Stoia of the Northfield Area Tourism and Business Association (NATABA), a sponsor of the triathlon, said in a press release of the race. “Attendance exceeded expectations, the event attracted generous sponsors and advertisers and was universally well received by attendees and their supporters. ”

Race director David Thomas estimated that between donations from sponsors and race registration fees, organizers raised almost $ 9,000. After setting money aside for the purchase of running infrastructure and planning for the 2022 event, he said this year’s run would donate nearly $ 3,500 to youth initiative programs. of the Northfield Kiwanis Club.

Thomas said this year’s triathlon had a record number of participants and 75 percent of runners returned from previous years. About 100 participants and their supporters came from Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island, with one from as far away as Tennessee, according to the press release. Nine runners completed the short solo course of just over 13 miles, and the rest were split into teams of two, three and four.

Memorial glasses were co-branded with The Brewery at Four Star Farms, another sponsor of the race. Other sponsors were: Greenfield Savings Bank, FirstLight Hydro Generating Co., Northfield Kiwanis Club, Northfield Area Tourism and Business Association, Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, Northfield Golf Club, Viles Insurance, Centennial House Bed and Breakfast, Franklin County’s YMCA, King & Cushman Insurance and Stellar Kayaks.

According to the release, the success of the triathlon depends on a large group of volunteers, including committee members who start planning as early as January. During the race, a hot lunch was provided by members of the Northfield Kiwanis Club, another team of volunteers helped participants get in and out of the water at the docks, and other volunteers manned the tent. ‘Home. Race committee member Bill Johnson of Bicycle World took to the trails to offer help with any broken gears or chains, while others swept the trails towards the end of the race for latecomers.

In addition, members of the Fire and Police Department, the Northfield and Gill Dive Team and Northfield EMS were on hand to provide security. The statement said junior Northfield firefighters have equipped water stations on the mountain for runners and cyclists.

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