Wicked FIT Run raises $6,000 in support of Hope House
By ELISSA PAQUETTE
Granite State News
October 5, 2017
The First Congregational Church of Wolfeboro team was called forward for a photo at the conclusion of the Wicked FIT Race/Walk on Saturday, Sept. 30. The team raised the highest total for Hope House, transitional housing for homeless families within the Governor Wentworth Regional School District.
WOLFEBORO — Saturday was a very good day for the nonprofit Families in Transition – New Horizons (FIT) organization and the community at large. The Wolfeboro Wicked FIT Run in support of Hope House and the families within the Governor Wentworth School District it will serve, netted $6,000 in registrations and donations.
The 5K course ran up and down over hill and dale and through the woods of the Abenaki trail system beginning and concluding at the Abenaki Lodge.
FIT Executive Director Maureen Beauregard gathered 90 runners and walkers together at the starting line for the first annual Wicked FIT Run in Wolfeboro. The Rev. Gina Finocchiaro of the First Congregational Church of Wolfeboro (FCCW) primed the crowd with a rousing rendition of the National Anthem and they were off!
Route Marker sponsors provided volunteers at water stations throughout the well marked course to slake thirst and offer encouragement. Sponsors included All Saints Episcopal Church, the Blodget/Holberton Family Fund, First Congregational Church of Wolfeboro, Huggins Hospital, Pastor Bill and Kay Petersen, Paul G. Tessier, PGA Golf Professional, and the First Christian Church.
The top five women were Molly Ellison, Jen Do’Carmo, Kate Ess, Valerie Gordon and Melody Pitman. Brewster Academy Headmaster Craig Gemmel was the top finisher overall. The next four males were Jaden Thomas, Colyn Pineo, Mark Hensel and Scott Ellison.
The FCCW team was the top fundraiser. Lynne Slocum of the All Saints Episcopal Church team was the top fundraiser.
Hope House is off to a good start.
An owl lady and a jelly bean lady won prizes in the costume category.
Bev Davis, tops in her age category, collects her prize.
Colyn Pineo, age 16, placed third overall, coming in just behind Jaden Thomas of New Durham and overall winner Craig Gemmel, Brewster Academy Headmaster.
Left to right: Hugh and Peg Crawford and Kathy Barnard greeted participants at the Registration Booth on Saturday.
Lynne Slocum (left) was the event’s top fundraiser.
Charlotte Ling flies along the Abenaki Race Trail on Saturday, September 30, in support of Families in Transition – New Horizons.
Jen Do’Carmo placed ninth overall and was the second female finisher.
Volunteers Phoebe VanScoy-Geissler and Meg Geoghegan took cover from the rain with their party themed umbrella.
Costume prize winners —-Rock and Roll!
Photos by of Elissa Paquette