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Hit the Track for Black raises $4,500
Saturday's first annual Hit the Track for Black 5K run/walk drew 253 runners in a fundraiser that brought an estimated $4,500 to support Black Mountain of Maine. From left, across the top, are top finishers Tyler Jasud and Ryan Nicols for the men, and Lauren Jacobs and Natalie Bolduc for the women. (Times photos by Bruce Farrin)
RUMFORD -- Families from as far away as Colorado gathered at the Hosmer Field track Saturday morning to demonstrate their support for the Black Mountain of Maine in the fundraiser Hit the Track for Black.
The 5K run/walk attacted 253 participants, most of them were families and according to Marie Gauvin, about a hundred of them were from out of this area.
And while the final tally is still being worked on, she guessed that the fundraiser will top $4,500.
The event was the brainchild of her 14-year-old son, Curtis, and fellow skiers Avery and Riley Sevigny. All three children wanted to do something for the mountain after learning it did not get funds from the town this year, said Gauvin.
She said they used the online site Active.com for pre-registrations and collected 207 names. They also got sponsorship from local businesses to purchase the dry fit t-shirts given to those who signed up early.
The Mexico Explorers also assisted on the race course, with members of the Chisholm Ski Club timing the runners and posted the race results on their website.
Gauvin said the event will likely be held again in 2014, with Curtis, Avery and Riley again taking a lead role, with the hopes that other youths will join them in this fundraiser.
In addition to the 5K race on Saturday, Black Mountain also announced a series of events to help reach its $200,000 goal.
On Saturday, Sept. 7, the ski teams at Dirigo and Mountain Valley high schools and Mountain Valley Middle School will hold a bottle drive. According to a recent news release by Black Mountain, the ski teams are asking residents to save their bottles and on Sept. 7 the teams will pick them up.
The release also said “you can also deposit bottles yourself at the Waldo Street Bottle Depot in Rumford, or the Mexico Bottle Depot on Route 2 near Rowe's Ice Cream, by just mentioning the Friends of Black Mountain.”
There will also be a live auction at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 at Black Mountain, led by auctioneer Mike Brennick.
According to Black Mountain's GoFundMe Web page, $34,914 has been raised by 199 people in the past month.