Thanks to almost 200 runners and walkers as well as the efforts of our hardworking volunteers and support of our generous sponsors the WCA’a 12th annual Black Fly Blitz was a resounding success. As always, the 5K run/walk took place on Memorial Day – Monday, May 30.
Proceeds from this important fundraiser supports the WCA’s programs and activities at the Red Barn and Timothy Patten Park. In addition, it provides funds to help keep the facilities in top condition.
The WCA donates a portion of the race proceeds to the track and cross-country teams at Kearsarge Regional High School (KRHS). Several members of the KRHS track and cross-country teams and their coaches assisted with the race. They included: John Cunningham, Tim Cunningham and David Wallace. KRHS coaches and staff assisting with the event included Peter Angus and Ernie Brake.
David Zuger, Wilmot police chief, led the nearly 200 runners on course in a police cruiser. Members of the Wilmot Volunteer Fire Department’s FAST Squad including Joe Bucchieri, Scott Carpenter, Storm Connor, David Herr, Darren Phipps and Tom Scully were on hand to assist with any medical emergencies.
After the 5K, the runners and walkers received a delicious welcome with homemade cookies baked by Janet Baker, Deb Beerman, Sondra Brake, Lisah Carpenter, Margaret Monto and Jan Sahler. In addition, Bill Burris set up his wonderful handmade games. He was ably assisted by Bill and Margaret Doody. To the delight of children and adults alike, Rosanna Eubank-Long applied temporary tattoos. In a black fly motif, of course.
Other volunteers included: Molly Santora, Will Santora, Jim Santora, Gerry Cole, Serenity Cole, Trevor Pauling, Brian Pauling, Phil McCrakin, Rachel Seamans, Keith Seamans, Nancy Large and Trudy Philbrick-Brake. Lindy Heim and Marc Davis assisted with sponsor recruitment. Susan Nye photographed the event.
Ensuring the financial success of the Black Fly Blitz were the 46 race sponsors.
The InterTown Record and Ledyard Bank contributed at the super platinum level.
Platinum sponsors included Echo Communications, Gutgsell & Phipps Dentistry, Kearsarge Property & Landscape Services Inc., Lakes Region Tent and Pleasant Acres Property Maintenance.
Sponsors at the gold level were Colonial Pharmacy, FloorCraft, Huckleberry Wilmot Holding LLC, Lake Sunapee Bank, Moulton Lawn & Landscape Inc., Northeast Delta Dental, Perkins Landscaping, Road ID, Scott Carpenter Construction, Walker Automotive Inc. and Woodcrest Village.
Silver sponsors included Barton Insurance Agency, Belletetes Inc., Cherry Pond Fine Furniture, Clayton A. Miller Inc., Kearsarge Veterinary Clinic PPLC, Marathon Landscaping, Mascoma Savings Bank, Michael Cornelio Attorney at Law, Mountainside Racquet & Fitness Center, Old Hampshire Design, Park N Go Market, Pizza Chef of Andover, Spring Ledge Farm, Sugar River Bank, the Terhune Family, Walco Mechanical Co. Inc. and Woods Without Gile LLC.
Sponsors at the bronze level were Apple Tree Opticians/Dr. Donna Reed, Chadwick Funeral Home & Cremation Service LLC, Clarke’s Hardware, Coldwell Banker Milestone, Country Houses, Hannaford, New London; Marshall’s Garage, McCrillis & Eldredge, Morgan Hill Bookstore, New London Hospital and Pleasant Lake Veterinary Hospital.
Our sincere thanks to everyone who helped make the Black Fly Blitz a fabulous event!
Ann and Marc Davis, race directors, WCA Black Fly Blitz