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Runners turn out in force for Morbid Mountain 5K

Team Gunstock for the Special Olympics gears up for the third annual Morbid Mountian 5K race. (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
October 12, 2011
The Gunstock Mountain Resort staff hosted their Third Annual Morbid Mountain 5K race Sunday, Oct. 9 to benefit the Gunstock Adaptive Sports Program as part of their Morbid Mountain Scream-Fest.

Jake Jakobsen, Gunstock's Director of Business services, and co-coordinator Robin Rowe came back again for 2011 with a new course, post-race food from Fiddlehead Farms, and a list of sponsors in hopes of raising more than $1,000 for the Adaptive Sports program, their program of choice for the past three years.

According to Jakobsen, they change the course every year. This year, he said, the course was primarily on wooded cross-country trails which loop around Cable Mountain. Other changes included the addition of a walker class which allowed for more participants.

Jakobsen estimated about 140 participants, with 120 people signed up online and an additional 10 to 20 participants signing up on site. He said this was a welcome increase from past years.

"We have so much going on this year. It's one more event to bring people together for a great cause," said Jakobsen.

Jakobsen said he and Rowe had participated in other 5K races and triathlons, and were inspired to host their own event.

"We have beautiful scenery and beautiful trails," said Jakobsen. "It's a great venue for this kind of race."

Top finishers received pumpkin trophies hand painted by Rowe, prizes, and all participants were welcomed to the post-race food frenzy from Fiddlehead Farms.

Fiddlehead's Business Manager, Jennie Halstead, said they joined up with the Gunstock crew to get involved with the community after they moved into the area with the opening of their Alton location. She said this was the second year they helped support the 5K, and they are involved with a few other Gunstock fundraisers.

"It's a fun event," said Halstead. "Every year, there are more people, which is great."

According to Halstead, her staff was preparing some favorites from last year, such as steak tips and coffee rolls.

"We have the best post race food ever," announced Jakobsen to the crowd of racers awaiting the 10 a.m. start.

He urged racers to try Fiddlehead's giant nine-inch coffee rolls.

Racers also received goodie bags, which included free scenic chairlift rides and discount tickets for the Morbid Mountain haunted houses.

Jakobson thanked the event's sponsors, which included Greystone Builders, Christian Party Rental, Patrick's Pub and Eatery, Shibbely's at the Pier, MC Cycle, Burrito Me and Road ID. He attributed much of the success of the event to their generosity.

The top three racers this year were Paul Durfee of Belmont with a time of 19:14, Aidan Dean of Laconia with a time of 19:52, and Rayan Lafrance of Gilford with a time of 20:09.

The Morbid Mountain haunted attractions are open Friday and Saturday from 7 to 10:30 p.m. until Oct. 29.

For more information, visit their Web site at www.morbidmountain.com or call 293-4341, ext. 164.

Salmon Press
Martin Lord Osman
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