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12th Annual Climb Against Cancer, Sept. 19 at Cranmore


Hike, run or bike up Mt. Cranmore



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Members of the White Mountain Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association are ready to take on the trails at Cranmore Mountain Resort for the Clkimb Against Cancer on Saturday, Sept. 19. Courtesy Photo. (click for larger version)
August 27, 2009
Although hikers have participated in this major fund-raising event since the first Climb in 1998, the addition of bikers and runners is relatively new.

"We always look for opportunities to increase participation," commented event manager Deborah Jasien. "So when these two groups approached us, we were delighted. Now people have the choice of how they want to get up that mountain and raise money for local cancer patients."

Members of the White Mountain Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association (WM-NEMBA) will once again participate in the Climb Against Cancer. "Everyone's been touched by cancer," explained John Barley when asked about the group's involvement for the third year.

Those biking will have a choice of two trails — beginner or advanced — and each ride will be a "led ride," with two sweepers pulling up the rear. Even if you are not a member of this group, you are welcome to join the other bikers on Sept. 19. Register online and raise pledges at www.firstgiving.com/ jensfriends.

Last year, Paul Kirsch, race director for White Mountain Milers, brought back the old Cranmore Hill Climb as part of the Climb Against Cancer. "It's a fun race and this way we get to help raise money for a great cause," Kirsch explained.

Once again, the Cranmore Classic Hill Climb will be a no-frills, self-timing event, without race T-shirts. If you have questions about the Hill Climb Run, contact Paul at pkirsch@roadrun ner.com or 367-8676, and if you plan to participate, register online as all participants do.

Check-in for the Climb Against Cancer begins at 8:30 a.m., and the hike — held rain or shine — begins at 10 a.m. for hikers and bikers. Runners will begin at 10:30 a.m. Summit entertainment will be from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch and more live entertainment beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Started in 1998, Jen's Friends Cancer Foundation gives non-medical financial support to cancer patients in the greater Mt. Washington Valley area of N.H. and Western Maine. Since 1998 Jen's Friends has helped over 165 families by paying basic living expenses such as rent and mortgage, utilities and groceries.

For more information on the Climb Against Cancer, on requesting benefits, or becoming a volunteer, visit www.jensfriends.org or call 356-5083.

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