Accepting a donation from the New Hampshire Marathon last week were representatives of the Mayhew Program. From left to right are program director Jim Nute, Peg Donaldson of Hannafords, this year's major sponsor for the race, Mayhew participants Xavier and Johnny, Joel Lloyd, manager of Bristol Hannaford, Mayhew Outreach Worker Giancarol Negroni, and N.H. Marathon Co-Race Director Bob Watson. Other recipients were Circle Program for girls and Tapply-Thompson Community Center. (Photo by Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
November 07, 2018BRISTOL ¬– The New Hampshire Marathon Race Committee held a reception at the Homestead Restaurant last Sunday afternoon to thank their supporters and volunteers and present checks in the amount of $6,900 to each of the three nonprofit groups the marathon benefits each year, the Mayhew Program for boys, the Circle Program for girls and the Tapply-Thompson Community Center.
"This is huge for us," said Circle Program Director Kathleen Kearns. "This money each year allows us to sponsor a girl to go to three weeks of our summer camp and take part in our year-round mentoring program."
Jim Nute of Mayhew was also grateful for the continued backing of the N.H. Marathon.
"We only exist because of things like this," Nute said.
Camp Mayhew is a tuition-free program for boys, therefore the donation will also help with camp and mentoring for a local boy. And while they appreciate the support of the marathon each year, Nute said they, like the Circle girls, support the marathon each year as well by volunteering with water stations and other details of the races.
"It's a great experience for them to see all that community out there coming together to support kids in general," he said.
Tapply-Thompson Community Center will also be using their portion of the proceeds to continue their youth programs, sports and camp.
Also receiving donations for their assistance in the race were the Newfound Area Chiefs Association (safety and race-day logistics), the Community Emergency Response Team (parking and road safety), Newfound Regional High School Band (pre-race music at the start line), and Carroll Brown, who provided live music at the finish line and served as Master of Ceremonies.
This year, outgoing race director Karen Schaffner was pleased to announce that there were 461 participants who finished the marathon, half-marathon, 10K and the Kids race. A new course record for the Half Marathon was also set by Lindsey Weigel of Charlestown, Mass. Weigel finished the race with a time of 1:22:59, a full minute faster than the previous record.
Other trivia tidbits she and co-director Bob Watson shared were that runners last month came from 32 states and four different countries, including Demark and Brazil, and this year also included a 12-year-old as the youngest runner in the challenging Half-Marathon.
Schaffner said feedback from race participants was wonderful for the 2018 event and read a few of the many emails the board received. Each contained praises for the course, for the beauty of the area, the friendly community atmosphere, the race organization, and the helpful volunteers who made the day a success.
"Such a great race — volunteers are awesome, and it benefits local kids. What could be better? Thanks for putting on such a terrific community event," wrote one pleased participant.
Another said, "From the start to the finish, the staff and volunteers were awesome. Very friendly and helpful. Highly recommend this race for that small town feel and welcome."
Schaffner then looked around the room and said, "Do you recognize a theme here? You are awesome!"
On hand to present the checks to the three nonprofit groups last weekend were Joel Lloyd and Peg Donaldson of Hannafords, this year's Title Sponsor for the N.H. Marathon.
"This race could not happen without the support of our community, our sponsors and the many volunteers that participate. The N.H. Marathon Race Committee want to say we appreciate you all and give you a sincere thank you," Schaffner said.