Wow! What an incredible weekend for the Southern District YMCA! Community members, runners, walkers, volunteers, and staff came together in a major way last week to put the finishing touches on this year’s Fall Challenge 5K Trail Run. Many local businesses helped us advertise for the event by posting flyers and encouraging customers to participate. YMCA staff members and volunteers hiked the course, measured distances, and cleared brush; and volunteers from PrimeAsia Leather Corporation joined us after Hurricane Sandy to clear the trail again, cut through fallen trees, rake the entire course, and flag the trail. Generous prize and food donations were given by Thrive Fitness, Seacoast Science Center, Good Karma Cafe, On The Vine Marketplace, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Coca Cola, and race-day volunteers gathered early on Saturday morning to prepare the Camp Lincoln pavilion with food platters, give-aways, and propane heaters. Unsure of how many runners would really come out for the race, we waited patiently, and before the fog could roll off Kingston Lake, runners, walkers and supporters arrived by the dozens.
Each person I met at the Fall Challenge came with a story about their incredible experiences and opportunities with the YMCA. Two runners had visited Camp Lincoln with their school earlier this fall to participate in team-building activities, and test their limits on the high ropes course. A volunteer currently teaches Outdoor Education for the Y, and is developing skills in leading groups on the challenge course, and in orienteering and archery. (Her mother volunteered too!) Another volunteer’s granddaughter attended Camp Lincoln last summer, and he was thrilled to learn more about the Y’s beautiful property on Kingston Lake. A few runners attended summer camp, and others worked as counselors, or counselors-in-training at Camp Lincoln. The Fall Challenge proved a wonderful venue for YMCA and outdoor enthusiasts to share our passion for our Y.
All proceeds from the Fall Challenge were committed to the Scholarship Fund that provides financial assistance to the families who need it most for their children to attend summer camp at Camp Lincoln and YMCA programs throughout the year. Orange Leaf Exeter offered 10% discount to runners who presented their bib on November 3, and Orange Leaf also donated 10% of their November 3 profits back to the Southern District YMCA. A huge thank you for your abundant support!
Congratulations to all runners!
Top Male Adult: Nathan Huppe
Top Female Adult: Andrea Sweet
Top Male Youth: Ethan Johnson
Top Female Youth: Elley Smith
[Note: Unfortunately, finish line camera lost all photos. If you took photos, please share them by emailing photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.]
Until next time,
Development Director & Race Coordinator