To the Editor:
The 22nd Annual Maine State Triathlon and Kids’ Triathlon went off “without a hitch” this past weekend, due to the tireless efforts of the Chamber staff (especially Julia Reuter), the generous support of sponsors and prize donors, and the incredible energy and enthusiasm of the following list of volunteers:
Cindy Aadland, Joe and Alison Aloisio, Ellie Andrews, Nancy Babcock, Martha Berry, Dave Berry, Carol Bourque, Shelley Bowen, Rick Churchill, Mac and Nancy Davis, Paul Duclos, Carole and Richard Duplessis, Dave Freiday, Robin Gilbert, Norm, Izaac and Dylan Greenberg, Sara Hemeon, Tera Ingraham, Ed Kennett, Maggie Kroenke, Rosemary Laban, Jim Largess, Robert Lowell, Belinda Macri, Irene McGrew, Matt Mills, Amanda Moran, Cynthia Moran-Laux, Bob O'Brien, Emily O'Donnell, Ken Pease, Callie Pecunies, Diana Petrakos, Bonnie Pooley, Jim Reuter, Karen Saito, Ron Savage, Sally Sawyer, Martha Siegel, Robin Smith, Kelly, Zach and Gabi Stone, Nancy Stowell -White, Bill Strauss, Lloyd Sweetser, Tracyn Thayer, Kyler and David Walker, Dan, Paula, Zachary and Travis Wheeler, Bill White, and the logistics volunteer that the event depends on, Doug Zinchuk.
Huge thanks to the Bethel Outing Club for doing such a fantastic job with the Kids’ Triathlon and especially to Beth Clarke who coordinates the event and gathers the volunteers for it. They were: Jonathan Goldberg and True North, Kirk, Martha and Andrew Siegel, Suzanne Newsome, Hannah Pierce, Ana Rossow, Livy Clarke, Carlie Casey, Brad Clarke, Andee Alford, Cathy Heffernan, Chris Trefethan, Kristen Kimball, Lorrie Hoeh and family, Katy Crooker, Stacy Rossow, Norm and Isaac Greenberg and Callie Pecunies.
Our gratitude to Oxford Networks, the Presenting Sponsor; Norway Savings Bank, the Amenity Bag Sponsor; Coca-Cola of Northern New England, Beverage Sponsor; Leg sponsors: New Balance, Bethel Bicycle and Rosemary Laban, in memory of Denny Bunn; Host-hotel Sponsor River View Resort; and prize sponsors: Mt. Abram Resort, The Bethel Inn Resort, Bethel Nordic Ski Center, Great Glen Trails, Mallard Mart and New England Runner. Beautiful custom mugs, designed and created by Sara Hemeon from Elements Gallery, were presented to the winners of each division.
Additional thanks to the Oxford County Sheriff and Bethel Emergency Ambulance and Rescue Service for their safety support; to the Town of Bethel for the use of barricades and cones; to Gould Academy for use of tables, to our event hosts, The Bethel Inn Resort Lakehouse and Mac and Nancy Davis and to all who were inconvenienced by road detours and delays, for helping us create a safe and fun event for all!
Photos of the Sunday event can be obtained at www.carolsavagephotography.com and at the Kids’ Triathlon at the Bethel Outing Club website. Results can be found at www.mainestatetriathlon.com. We invite anyone who has ever dreamed of participating in an event of this type to consider registering for the 2014 event! With our finishers’ times ranging from the overall winner at 1:11.31 to the final finisher at 2:18.08, competitors of all abilities are welcomed! Whether you are super-competitive, or just seeking to complete a triathlon, the Maine State Triathlon offers a beautiful course and lots of supportive encouragement along the way.
Thanks to all!
BACC Executive Director