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The race that keeps giving back

Representatives from Camp Mayhew, The Circle Program, and The Tapply Thompson Community Center (TTCC) gathered on the steps of the Inn on Newfound Lake immediately after Sunday afternoon’s festive New Hampshire Marathon award reception to bask in the glow of the late autumn sunshine (reflecting off the new fallen snow) and the community’s appreciation for their important youth service work in the Newfound area. Each organization was awarded a donation of $5,000 from the proceeds of the 2011 New Hampshire Marathon. (Marcia Morris) (click for larger version)
November 02, 2011
BRIDGEWATER—The keynote of the occasion was gratitude as the Newfound area's very own "Marathon Man," New Hampshire Marathon Race Director Everett Begor, welcomed guests to the annual awards reception, held at the gracious dining room of the Inn on Newfound Lake Sunday afternoon.

"We want to take the opportunity to thank all of the race sponsors, including restaurant and lodging sponsors from the Newfound area," commented Begor. "They are all absolutely essential to the success of the event every year. This was a particularly hard year to do fundraising, as we can all imagine, due to the difficulties in the economy, but you know what? This area is always very generous with donations. If you are doing something worthwhile, they are going to back you up. It is a very community-spirited place. I've found that consistently as Race Director for the last 12 years."

This year was no exception, allowing the New Hampshire Marathon Committee, with the help of the Bristol Recreation Advisory Committee, to donate a total of $15,000 to youth programs in the Newfound area once again. Camp Mayhew, The Circle Program, with its Camp on Spectacle Pond in Groton, and the Tapply Thompson Community Center in Bristol were each awarded $5,000 from the proceeds of the marathon, half-marathon, 10K and health walk.

Begor reported that turnout was a little "dampened" by the pouring rain that soaked the community, volunteers and runners on Oct. 1, but not by much. There were 507 runners and walkers from 41 states and five countries, including Poland and Russia.

"The runners really seem to like this race," said Begor. "Many of them are now coming back to Newfound year after year."

He also thanked Bristol's Kathleen's Cottage Irish Restaurant for once again hosting the race "after party" for participants, and also the more than 200 volunteers who staffed the event, manning water stations (in the rain) and helping out with all the organizational and logistical tasks required to pull off such a large event.

Importantly, the New Hampshire Marathon Committee this year took the occasion to recognize the hard work of the local police and fire department personnel from the Newfound area who help to ensure the safety of the runners and their fans throughout the whole event. In appreciation, the Marathon Committee donated $500 to the Newfound Area Chiefs Association. The donation was accepted by Hebron Fire Chief John Fischer who said that the money would be used to support all the training and logistical support that the police and fire departments provide to make the race as safe as possible for everyone.

Characteristically, Begor was already looking ahead to next year, when the next New Hampshire Marathon will take place on Sept. 29, 2012. Mark your calendars! He said preparations are already underway for another successful event. He is already looking for runners and volunteers to staff the popular race that draws a large crowd to the Newfound region during fall foliage season every year.

Martin Lord Osman
Salmon Press
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