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Red Parka Challenge Cup
Friday, March 15
Red Parka Challenge Cup is back for its 46th annual showdown in March
February 5, 2019 (Bartlett, NH)- Sharpen those edges and get ready for another legendary day on the slopes at the 46th Annual Red Parka Challenge Cup Race, taking place on March 15, 2019 at Attitash Mountain Resort. The race, considered the longest-running dual giant slalom in the nation, is also the second largest fundraising event for the Eastern Slope Ski Club, a nonprofit that provides ski equipment and helps in ski development programs in the Mt. Washington Valley.
In 2018, the Challenge Cup committee successfully rallied its racers and supporters to “bump it up,” beating a set goal of $15,000 for fundraising totals, up from $10,000 in 2017. That 50 percent increase was thanks in part to a new initiative that challenges racers to fundraise using PledgeReg, an online fundraising system that racers can opt-in for when they register for the Challenge Cup. When a racer hits $300 in fundraising efforts, the registration fee is waived. There are also grand prizes for individuals and teams that raise the most money.
“This race is all about coming together for a day of friendly competition with a single goal in mind, which is to raise as much money as possible for ESSC,” said Terry O’Brien, long-time Challenge Cup event director and owner of the Red Parka Pub. “PledgeReg has enabled us to get support and awareness beyond our racers, sponsors and event attendees, which in turn helped us raise $15,245 last year.”
The Red Parka Pub Challenge Cup Race is a 21+ race and features top racers from throughout New England. The registration fee is $70 and includes a full day lift ticket, guaranteed two runs on the course, an official race hat, a raffle ticket and a buffet dinner at the Awards Ceremony served by the Red Parka Pub in Ptarmigan’s Pub after racing concludes.
Registration is now open at skireg.com/red-parka-challenge-cup-race. Online registration closes on Wednesday, March 13. Race day registration is $80 and takes place in the South Wing of the Attitash Main Base Lodge. Only racers that register online will be assigned starting positions at the annual live Bib Draw.
The Bib Draw Night takes place on Thursday, March 14 at 6 p.m. at the Red Parka Pub. The evening includes a live Bib Draw for all racers registered by the March 13 deadline, a live auction for Bib No. 1 and No. 2, raffles from our many sponsors and supporters, and Hall of Fame Inductions. This event is open to the public.
The race would not be possible with its major sponsors including Attitash Mountain Resort, Budweiser, Crest Auto World, Hurricane Racing, Kittredge Food Service & Equipment, Locust Street Dental Center, Marblehead Graphics, P1 Timing, Pepsi, Settlers Green, SkiChair.com, Southern Wine & Spirits of New England, Sport Thoma, Story Land, and Valley Originals. If your business is interested in becoming a sponsor or donating an auction item, please contact Terry O’Brien or Cindy Schwartz at the Red Parka Pub at 603-383-4344.
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