BARTLETT — This year’s Red Parka Challenge Cup raised more money than any other in the event's 46-year history.
The dual giant slalom race held in March at Attitash Mountain Resort had 106 racers compete this year, raising $21,000 for the Eastern Slope Ski Club Junior Program.
"Our efforts keep going up, with this year’s fundraising total exceeding last year's record year of $15,245," said Laura Lemieux, the newly appointed committee chair for the Red Parka Pub Challenge Cup. "Racers are doing a great job at doing fundraising on their own, something we started for the 2018 race year."
Racer registration fees all go to the Eastern Slope Ski Club and racers can also raise additional money by registering using PledgeReg, which ties into the online race registration.
Those efforts, along with the infamous $20 “full wing span” raffle held at the bib draw and awards ceremony, helped meet the race committee’s fundraising goal of $20,000.
“ESSC is so grateful for the Red Parka Race and all of its support for our cause,” said Stefan Karnopp, who is both a Challenge Cup Committee member and a board member for ESSC. “These funds go directly to assisting the 600-plus elementary-aged students that participate annually in the junior program.”
At the conclusion of this year’s race, Terry O’Brien, owner of the Red Parka Pub and longtime chairperson of the race committee, announced she was stepping down from the race.
At the committee’s wrap-up meeting, members elected Lemieux to take over for the 2020 race.
Lemieux, director of marketing for Settlers Green, has been a committee member since 2013.
Next year’s race is scheduled for March 20, 2020, at Attitash Mountain Resort.
The Red Parka Pub Challenge Cup Race is considered the longest-running dual giant slalom in the nation. It is held annually in March at Attitash Mountain Resort. For more information go to redparkapubchallengecup.com.