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Newry, Maine Fire Department Wins 23rd Annual Firefighters’ Giant Slalom Race at Sunday River Resort
Weekend activities help raise funds for Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation
B-roll video: Video includes close up and long shots of the 23rd Annual Firefighters’ Race and Chili Cook Off festivities. http://www.sundayriver.com/Corporate/Media/Video_BRoll.html
Newry, Maine (March 24, 2013) – The Newry Fire Department edged out 13 other teams from around New England to take first place in the 23rd Annual Firefighters’ Race at Sunday River today. Meanwhile, proceeds from this afternoon’s race, as well as the 21st Annual Eat the Heat Chili Cookoff and the 28th Annual Ski-A-Thon, helped raise more than $330,000 for Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation.
Newry’s winning time was 38.71 seconds. The margin of victory over second place finishers from the Jay (Maine) was only 1.16 seconds; the margin between the second and third place team from Bethel (Maine) was 1.19 seconds.
Other fire departments who raced today include teams from Livermore Falls, Farmington, Rumford, Rochester, Gorham, Hopkington, Jay, Falmouth, Lewiston and two teams from Auburn.
For the event, teams of five firefighters in full gear raced down a giant slalom course on the Tempest trail toting 50 feet of fire hose. Teams were composed of skiers and snowboarders.
Following the race was the Eat the Heat Chili Cookoff. This event included chef teams from Sunday River Resort and surrounding Newry and Bethel area and was judged by a panel of media celebrities including Jeff Peterson of WGME, Steve Minich of WMTW, Robert Witkowski of Portland magazine, Lori Voornas of WJBQ, outdoor writer Tim Jones, and special guest and Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation ambassador, Herb Gross.
Judge’s scores combined to award first place to the Shipyard team from Newry, Maine. The runner up awards went to the Grid Iron (Hot) team from Lewiston and third place was awarded to Roosters Roadhouse located in Bethel, Maine.
For more information on Sunday River’s Fire Fighter’s Race or Eat the Heat Chili Cookoff, visit www.sundayriver.com. For more information on Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation’s Ski-A-Thon, visit www.maineadaptive.org.