CONWAY — Motivational speaker and former college hockey star Travis Roy is once again scheduled to be the celebrity guest at the tee-off of the 36th annual Merlino's Steak House Invitational Golf Tournament, set for the North Conway Country Club, June 1 and 2.
Registration is now under way for the tournament, set for the North Conway Country Club, June 1 and 2.
The field is limited to 180 players.
Proceeds benefit the Travis Roy Foundation for those with spinal injuries and research, and the Ham Arena Youth Skating Program.
Once again, Roy is scheduled to be there for the start June 1, according to tournament board member Bob Murphy of Madison.
One of the oldest golf tournaments in the region, the tourney over the past 35 years has raised more than $1 million to help local charities.
The tournament will once again feature a $1 Million Shoot Out and $10,000 Cash Hole-in-One both days.
The $225 entry fee includes:
• two days of golf - 36 holes;
• two-day continental breakfast;
• lunch Saturday and Sunday;
• Friday night reception at Merlino's;
• dinner Saturday evening with a live auction (fees for guest diners: $25 Saturday and $10 Sunday);
• straight drive contest and longest drive contest;
• closest-to-the-pin contest;
• weekend skins game;
• 50/50 raffle (prizes galore);
• souvenir team photos;
• tournament raffle; and
• putting contest.
According to tourney chair Rick Luciano, those who attended the 2012 tournament may want to discount their rate to $190 due to the rain which canceled play on Sunday, or they may pay the full rate, should they so choose.
The Travis Roy Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the life of individuals with spinal cord injuries and their families by providing adaptive equipment and to finding a cure through increased funding of research, resulting in self-reliance and the ability to be as independent as possible.
The foundation was established in 1997 to help spinal cord injury survivors and to fund research into a cure. Inspired by Travis’ own story, the lifeblood of the Travis Roy Foundation has been the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations across North America. This generosity has made an immediate impact on the lives of many individuals.
Roy was a promising 20-year-old hockey star who moments into his first collegiate game as a Boston University freshman in October 1995 suffered a freak accident which drove him into the boards. A cracked fourth vertebra left him paralyzed from the neck down.
That fateful night signaled the death of one dream — but also the eventual rebirth of a special kind of hope. For, though imprisoned for months in a hospital bed, then confined to a wheelchair, Roy gradually found the grit and the will to reclaim for himself a fulfilling and productive life.
From the very start of his ordeal, Roy enjoyed the support of a close-knit family; a legion of friends; his coach, Jack Parker; and his girlfriend Maija, who, despite the crippling effects of his injury never wavered in her devotion to his recovery and well-being.
Ultimately, as his struggle became national news, an entire country became his fan club – cheering him on as he adjusted to daily life and rooting for him when he established the Travis Roy Foundation, which is dedicated to research and one-on-one assistance for spinal injury cases.
In addition to his work with the foundation, Roy has become a motivational speaker who makes frequent appearances in and around New England and across the country.
He shared his story, hopes and insights in his 1998 book with E.M. Swift, “Eleven Seconds: A Story of Tragedy Courage and Triumph.”
“(Travis Roy’s story) is a story about America’s love affair with sports and the people who embrace its never-die spirit. Most of all, it is the story of one young man who surrendered to no limits and defied all odds, both before and after the tragedy that ended his game,” notes E.M. Swift in “Eleven Seconds.”
For further information, visit www.travisroyfoundation.org.
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Timothy Ahearn, of Woodstock, Conn., riding in the Veteran 35-44 Age Group, posted the overall fastest time on the day, covering the course in 58:02 to shattering the old record by Dave Burnett of Wenham, Mass., riding for Burnett MG, in 2010 who finished in 1:01:11.
Eric Follen, of Sanford, Maine, also broke the hour barrier, finished second in the Veteran 35-44 Age Group in 59:06. Dereck Treadwell, of Topsham, Maine, also broke the previous mark, finishing in 1:00:37 while placing third in the Veteran 35-44 Age Group.
Stephanie Wetzel, competing in the Senior 18-34 Age Group, was the fastest female of the day, crossing the line in 1:09:38. Heather Voison, of Montpeilier, Vt., was the second fastest women, winning the Veteran 35-44 Age Group in 1:10:42. Andrea Cox, of Boxford, Mass., was the third fastest female rider, placing second in the Veteran 35-44 Age Group in 1:10:42.
Crystal Anthony set the new women's course record in 2011, finishing in 1:07:27.
Kudos go out to the youngest finisher, Maria Goodwin, of Chocorua, who tested her own endurance, character and physical ability on the course.
Maria, age 11, is the daughter of Ron and Linda Goodwin of Chocorua. she covered the course in two hours and 13 minutes with her dad, a previous winner of the event, riding with her.
Age group winners on Saturday included:
Male Older than Dirt (age 75 and older): Peter Murphy, of Glastonbury, Conn., 1:31:12.
Female Super Grand Master (65 and older): Manya Hult, of Madbury, 1:43:49.
Male Super Grand Master (65-74): Bob Green, of Boston, 1:23:32.
Female Grand Master (55-64): Nancy Thurrell, of Meredith, 1:28:24.
Male Grand Master (55-64): Phil Oviatt, of Concord, 1:09:35.
Female Master (45-54): Christine Bengtson, of St. Johnsbury, Vt., 1:18:54.
Male Master (45-54): Erik Vandenries, of Chestnut Hill, Mass., 1:06:28.
Female Veteran (35-44): Heather Voisin, of Montpelier, Vt., 1:10:42.
Male Veteran (35-44): Timothy Ahearn, Woodstock, Conn., 58:02.
Female Senior (18-34): Stephanie Wetzel, 1:09:38.
Male Senior (18-34): Lucas Pozzetta, of Merrimack, 1:10:54.
Female Super Junior (14 and under): Maria Goodwin, of Silver Lake, 2:13:22.
Tandem: Nicholas Howard, of Bedford, Mass., 1:23:00.
Singlespeed: Doug Reid, of Raymond, 1:19:08.
Time Trial Teams: Old, Older & Skinny (Derek Hilton, of Kennebunk, Maine; Matt Lord, of Kittery, Maine; and Jason Bailey, of Portsmouth), 1:12:10.
Local finishers included: Steve Piotrow, of Jackson, 1:09:37; Martin Boucher, of Wolfeboro, 1:17:11; Richard John, of Wolfeboro, 1:19:33; Charlie Hanlon, Intervale, 1:19:44; Michael Brunson, of North Conway, 1:20:08; Meredith Piotrow, of Jackson, 1:21:15; Jennifer Marts, 1:22:18; Jan Newhouse, Center Lovell, 1:23:24; Jim Soroka, of North Conway, 1:24:27; John Huntley, of Berlin, 1:26:06; Daniel Coons, of Wolfeboro, 1:32:27; Jeffrey Marts, of Sandwich, 1:32:37; Lynn Lyman, of North Conway, 1:33:33; Tom Geisler, of North Conway, 1:35:02; Jerome Dorman, Intervale, 1:36:28; Suzanne Young, of Conway, 1:38:51; Peter Donohoe, of North Conway, 1:39:09; Judi Gagnon, of Conway, 1:44:06; Dick Devellian, of Jackson, 1:45:03; John Higgins, of Glen, 1:45:55; Al Hospers, Conway, 1:50:29; and Ron Goodwin, of Silver Lake, 2:05:40.
For complete results visit: http://www.nebikes.com/?PageName=10
Once again registration for this perennial cycling favorite filled up quickly.
"We were full within 20 minutes," Phil Ostroski, event organizer, said.
All proceeds from the event go to support the Kennett High School mountain bike team and the MWV Bicycling Club Youth Development Cycling Fund. The Youth Development Cycling Fund supports local mountain bike racers, from the college level to World Cup; the annual Kids' Bike Safety Day held at Story Land; youth mountain bike teams in the 24 Hours of Great Glen and the Mount Washington Hillclimb and Newton's Revenge; and the Kiwanis Angel and Elves program.
The MWV Bicycling Club, Fire 21 Pizza in Conway, along with Jetboil, manufacturer of hi-tech portable outdoor stoves, continue to be main sponsors of the event.
The Crank the Kanc has been held in all weather conditions — rain, snow, and even a sunny day, now and then. The course starts just west of the Saco Ranger Station, and climbs 2,300 vertical feel in 21 miles, finishing at the top of the Kancamagus Pass, elevation 2,860 feet.
A three-person team time trial was introduced in 2007. Team members are allowed to draft off each other but must finish at the same time. Last year, the team of "Slouch'n It" set a record with a time of 1:07:53. Team members included Kris Dobie, Thomas Martin and Nicholas Kirsch.
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Harrigan covered the course in a blistering 16 minutes and 50 seconds.
Second place honors went to Fryeburg Academy Senior Silas Eastman, 17, of Chatham, who finished in 17:34 while Kyle Conforte, 56, of Bridgton, rounded out the top three in 18:43.
Leslie Beckwith, 37, of North Conway, was the top female finisher crossing the line in 19:22, good enough for fifth place overall. She was followed by Cerise Humphrey, 23, of Cornish, 21:05 (ninth overall); and Tammi Celso, 46, of Intervale, was the third woman to finish.
RE/MAX Country Living of Fryeburg sponsored the race with special thanks to New Balance of North Conway who donated a pair of running shoes to the male and female winners and to Clyde Watson who allowed parking on his Fair Street property for the race and to Judy Reilly, The Race Director.
"The weather was perfect for racing and the new rail trail is a great place to hold a footrace," Bill Reilly, race director, said. "This year's race broke 100 for registrants and had 97 finishers. Dave Kinsman who has worked for years to get the rail trail here in Fryeburg rode his bike as the lead pace vehicle for the race. A great time was had by all and next year's race should be better than ever as the race will expand to a five mile race encompassing all the beauty of the area in a loop course with a classic second half finish 2.5 miles down the rail trail."
All proceeds from the race go to benefit the Fryeburg Academy Boy's and Girl's Cross Country Teams.
Other finishers in the race were: Floyd Lavery, 9:18; Jonathan Burk, 19:42; Leo Scheidl, 20:21; Clint Myers, 21:03; Jim Carty, 21:06; Sullivan Briggs, 21:10; Arthur Viens, 21:11; Allan Whitely, 22:08; Sandra Iacozili, 22:14; Scott Johnson, 22:30; Laura Pulito,22:34; Jens Hansen, 22:44; Reed Wales, 22:54; Gordon Wentworth, 22:58; Karen Pringle, 23:16; David McDermott, 23:20; Walt Grzyb, 23:22; Cliff Graves, 23:30; Kevin McDonald, 24:02; Tracy Burk, 24:05; Manny Baptista, 24:26; Ryan Fowler, 24:33; Michelle Myers, 24:34; Darin Celso, 24:36; Joe Chisari, 24:45; Miles Anderson, 24:54; Jodi Lajoie, 25:03; Dan Dyer, 25:12; Sheryl Galligan, 25:14; Sonia Frye, 25:17; Matthew Bell, 25:20; Ben Woodman, 25:37; Stephanie Morin, 25:51; John Howe, 25:52; Harrison Kanzler, 25:54; Melanie Harriman, 26:02; Emily Carty, 26:07; Kristina Stevens, 26:13; Stacy McAllister, 26:15; Emily Grzyb, 26:19; Danielle Rowland, 26:50; Amy Saunders, 26:50; Diane Day, 26:51; Bart Bachman,26:54; Ray White, 27:04; Sherry Towle, 27:05; Scott Redman, 27:45; Sarah Boucher, 27:50; Leslee Borrelli, 28:10; Stephen Paddick, 28:13; Robyn Call, 28:19; Catherine Kyle, 28:25; Bruce Taylor, 28:41; Bob Kinnarney, 29:03; Kim Cutler, 29:05; Danielle Hayden, 29:06; Chris Kanzler, 29:08; Jordanna Belle-Isle, 29:16; Delaney Whitley, 29:17; Lisa Carper, 29:18; Justine McAfee, 29:19; Carol Viens, 29:32; Elle Burbank, 29:43; Bob Payne, 29:44; Cheryl Battles, 29:50; Kelly Parrot, 29:54; Heidi Belle-Isle, 30:27; Michelle Hartshorn, 30:51; Lauri Courtney, 30:57; Christian Hansen, 31:32; Cheri White, 31:33; Elly Walker, 31:38; Whitney Nelson, 31:56; Jamie Bouchey, 31:59; Debra Taylor, 32:59; Colen Johnson, 33:17; Rachel Hutchins, 34:02; Marcia Uhl, 34:29; Samantha Wedgewood, 34:35; Erin Wiggin, 34:42; Mellissa Rohan, 35:17; Nicole Bouchey, 36:30; Debbie Howe, 37:42; Kista Dimock, 37:48; Susan Dionne, 37:49; Jennifer Sims, 38:06; Kylie Day, 39:20; Sean Wedgewood, 43:16; Kyra Day, 43:18; Rayleen Lajoie, 46:20; and Jordan Wedgewood, 53:00.
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Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 04:05
Attracting many more would-be entrants than the 152-year-old Mt. Washington Auto Road can accommodate, the "Run to the Clouds" is filled each year partly by invitations issued to elite mountain runners but primarily by a computer-generated random selection process open to all comers. The lottery will be held on March 15, and all applicants will be notified the following day as to whether or not they have gained the opportunity to run 7.6 grueling miles to the summit of the highest peak in the northeastern United States.
The race web site provides all necessary information for registering. A runner may register individually or as part of a team. In the latter case the team's captain registers the team as a unit, and the lottery then either accepts or rejects the entire team. The entry fee is $80 per person. Registrants enter their credit card numbers on line; the $80 fee is charged to the cards of all accepted applicants.
Increasingly popular despite – or perhaps because of – its ultra-steep grade and Mt. Washington's notoriously bad weather, the Northeast Delta Dental Mt. Washington Road Race is the premier uphill running event in the eastern U.S. It regularly attracts top American and international mountain runners along with a hard core of seasoned marathoners, track and cross-country runners, Nordic skiers, snowshoe racers, triathletes and others. Former six-time World Mountain Champion Jonathan Wyatt of New Zealand holds the men's course record, 56 minutes 41 seconds, set in 2004. The women's record was set in 2010 by the young Ethiopian runner Shewarge Amare, who made the ascent in one hour eight minutes 21seconds.
Runners whose recent performances indicate that they may be contenders for top places, or whose past participation in the race has contributed particularly to the event's charisma, can bypass the lottery and enter the race as invited runners. Entry is also guaranteed for runners who have completed the six other races in the New England "Mountain Goat" race series. All previous winners of the race may enter automatically, and the previous year's age-group winners are entitled to bypass the lottery.
The race begins at the Auto Road base on Route 16 near Pinkham Notch and climbs to the 6288-foot summit at an average grade of 12 percent and a net altitude gain of 4650 feet. The runners battle not only each other but the sheer force of gravity and Mt. Washington's famously severe winds.
Based in Concord, Northeast Delta Dental has sponsored the race up the historic Mt. Washington Auto Road since 2001. The dental insurance company's President & CEO, Tom Raffio, has run the race in a personal best of one hour 50 minutes and 51 seconds. On the occasion of the 2012 "Run to the Clouds," Northeast Delta Dental increased its already strong support for the event, making it officially the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race.
Fifty percent of all proceeds from the race will be donated to the of the dental programs Coos County Family Health Services. Based in nearby Berlin, this community-based organization provides innovative, personalized, comprehensive health care and social services to everyone, regardless of economic status.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 05:23