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Brookie's Challenge a smashing success

by Tara Giles
Sports reporter - Coos County Democrat and Berlin Reporter

Judy Ramsdell of Whitefield ran to honor her daughter Brooke at Sunday's Brookie's Challenge at WMRHS on June 11. Ramsdell had just completed her first half-marathon seven days prior to this race. Courtesy Photo. (click for larger version)
June 19, 2017
WHITEFIELD — It was a hot, beautiful day to take on Brookie's Challenge, a 5k trail run that is not for the faint of heart. The race took place on June 11, where more than 70 people of all ages took on the rocky, hilly yet scenic course.

The race was first developed by members of the Mountain View Academy class as a fundraiser to benefit David's House, which is located on the campus of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. David's House provides a home-away-from-home and support for families with children receiving treatment through the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

Brookie's Challenge honors the memory of Brooke Ramsdell, a 2011 graduate of White Mountains Regional High School who passed away after a courageous battle with Angio-sarcoma.

The event, which previously had taken place at the Mountain View Grand Resort, has evolved over the years and this year the decision was made to utilize the amazing trail system at White Mountains Regional High School. Brooke's family also requested that the proceeds benefit the Brooke Ramsdell Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships to graduating student athletes who exemplify excellence, leadership in the athletic realm and assists in building a positive school climate at WMRHS.

Sunday's event was driven by student organizations including the National Honor Society, The Life of an Athlete group as well as members of Student Council. Students flanked the course providing direction, water stations and words of encouragement to racers.

The event was generously sponsored by local businesses, including the meat for the barbecue luncheon catered by the WMRHS culinary art students. The food was donated by Sysco Foods and the tick and insect repellent for each participant was donated by Tender Corporation out of Littleton.

Prizes to the top runners were donated by the Lancaster Fair association as well as Santa's Village.

Race organizer Steph Glidden said, "I was so pleased with the turnout of both staff and student volunteers who really made the day possible. I received a ton of positive feedback and we look forward to keeping the tradition of the even going year after year."

The top ten finishers were as follows

1. Sam Call, 20:07

2. Josh Valentine, 20:16

3. Leah Dutkewych 22:48

4. Sam Heyliger 22:52

5. Jason Call 24:22

6. Payton Giles 24:28

7. Hallie Chancey 24:30

8. Tristin Silva 25:58

9. Tara Giles 26:15

10. Miles Wharton 28:23

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