Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire,is found at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road. Offering an abundance of outdoor activities for people at all skill levels, the Center has programs and resources for adventure in every season in the White Mountains. For more information, visit www.GreatGlenTrails.com.
Pinkham Notch, NH—Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center will kick off the spring season with the Salomon Spring Trail Running and Walking Series beginning Thursday afternoon, May 12. The Great Glen trail system is also open for trail running, Nordic walking and bird watching.
The Salomon Spring Trail Running and Walking Series, a weekly trail race series for all abilities and ages, will take place each Thursday for eight weeks. Racers can run or walk the long, short or mini courses at their leisure anytime between 3:30 and 7:00 p.m.
Early season hours at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center are in effect beginning Memorial Day Weekend: 9am – 5pm. Great Glen Outfitters also opens weekends for the summer season on May 28 offering the latest in outdoor apparel and accessories for trail running, mountain biking, paddling and more.
The Salomon Spring Trail Running and Walking Series is an 8-week series held every Thursday from May 12 through June 30, 2016. Competitors can challenge themselves on a Mini (1.6k), Short (3.3k) or Long (5.4k) in either the running or walking divisions. Placement prizes are awarded in each category, and the series wraps up with an awards party and prize raffle. Competitors that compete in 6 of the 8 weeks are qualified for the raffle.
For more information about the Salomon Trail Running Series, current trail conditions or Great Glen Outfitters, call 603.466.2333 or visit greatglentrails.com/events/spring-trail-running-series/
CARL JOHNSON MEMORIAL SKI-A-THON, ANNUAL FUNDRAISER FOR ALS, HOSTED BY GREAT GLEN TRAILS, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH
Pinkham Notch NH – The Carl Johnson Memorial Ski-a-Thon to benefit the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Foundation will take place at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center on February 16th from 12:00 – 3 p.m. An entry fee of $20 will include a trail pass with 100% of the proceeds going to the Northern New England Chapter of the ALS Association.
The $20.00 registration fee also allows participants to ski as many, or as few, 5-kilometer laps as they like. Participants may also sign up for an online fundraising page, allowing them to collect pledges electronically to extend their fundraising reach. The event emphasizes having fun, and guests are invited to piece together their wackiest outfits (though it is not required), in homage to Carl’s fondness for colorful, wacky tights. More than $5,500.00 was raised in 2015 for the ALS Foundation.
“My husband Carl loved life and wanted to help everyone he met enjoy it to the fullest.” explained Christine Fleming. “Over the course of his life he had been a boxer, a naval underwater demolitions expert, a logger, a repo man, a machinist and a champion bicycle racer. He ran three marathons. He retired from repairing jet engines for Pratt & Whitney and moved to the Mt. Washington Valley to pursue more “fun” in work.” Fleming continued. “Whether patrolling the waters for the Saco River Recreation Council or the ski trails for first Jackson Ski Touring Foundation, and subsequently Great Glen Trails, Carl made sure people he met were safe and having fun in the outdoors. So it is a fitting tribute, that Great Glen Trails hosts this annual fundraiser in Carl’s memory.”
Prizes will be awarded on event day for the most laps completed and the highest amount pledged. As always, the participant with the loudest and wackiest tights will also win a prize. There is also a benefit raffle, which features (3) wood-turned vessels, made by master craftsman and Great Glen Trails Ambassador Ed Good, Olympic biathlete Sean Doherty, and local triathlete and Great Glen Trails Social Media Director Meghan Skidmore; the material for the wood-turned items, is harvested from the property shared by Christine & the Doherty family. The raffle will also feature a quilt, donated to our event from the Northern New England ALS Chapter. All proceeds will benefit the NNE ALS Association; tickets are 3 for $5.
“Carl was a good friend and co-worker at Great Glen for many years.” explained Howie Wemyss, Great Glen Trails General Manager. “Full of fun, just the right outlook on life and very active, Carl was a wonderful role model for many. He was, for years, the friendly volunteer timer for our weekly Nordic Meisters cross country race series. This ski event is held in his memory – and as he would have liked, it’s all about fun.”
The Carl Johnson Memorial Ski-A-Thon will take place on Tuesday, February 16th, from 12:00-3:00 p.m.; registration will be from 9:00-11:00am. For additional details and to register online, visit the Carl Johnson Memorial Ski-A-Thon page or call (603) 466-2333.