02/11/2010

The Mad River Path Association and Sugarbush Resort are co-hosting the Sugarbush Adventure Games. The 32nd annual Sugarbush Adventure Games take place April 10 and 11 with the centerpiece four-leg triathlon scheduled for Sunday at 11 a.m. The annual athletic challenge benefits the Mad River Path Association (MRPA), but Sugarbush will continue to promote all aspects of the event and host a volunteer party, the final leg, a three-mile cross country ski and the awards party.

Rob Center founded and managed the event for the first 20 years and relied on volunteers and community support to grow it into a well-known New England triathlon (a unique triathlon with four legs instead of three).

Dori Ingalls, event chair for the path, comments: "Having the Adventure Games benefit the Mad River Path Association is a win-win for everyone. The Mad Dash has given us experience in athletic events and working with the community. Our multi-use path is the perfect beneficiary for this fun multi-sport event. What better way to build awareness and increase fund raising than to have thousands of fans of Sugarbush learn more about the path?"

Laura Brines, president of the MRPA, continues, "This partnership aligns with the path's five-year strategic plan to increase usage, grow membership and connect the path from Warren to Moretown. We are very grateful to Win Smith for this opportunity and confident our partnership will benefit the entire Mad River community."

Win Smith, president of Sugarbush, adds, "We look forward to working closely with the Mad River Path Association on this year's Adventure Games. And we will be happy to see the proceeds of the games support the path, an organization whose recreational trails benefit so many of us in this community."

Most aspects of the Adventure Games will not change. For instance, the course of the triathlon will stay the same and the Kids' Triathlon planned for Saturday, April 10, will move back to the Sugarbush snowmaking pond. Triathlon participants can do the four-leg triathlon as an iron man or woman, with one partner or with as many as five people total on a team (when entering a canoe most teams choose to have two people paddle). Corporate, family, college and high school teams are encouraged and prizes will be awarded at an after-race party at the mountain.

The Mad River Path Association will focus on finding volunteers, sponsorship, and increasing participation. The event committee is currently looking for volunteers. These include venue volunteers for the run, boat, bike and ski segments as well as banners and rescue crews.

A new position is managing "Athletes Without Partners." Sometimes a team has an open slot that can prevent them from participating. This matching service will be done via email so the volunteer can work at a time convenient for them. To volunteer for any aspect of the Adventure Games call 496-7284 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information visit www.madriverpath.com under "events and news." Athletes should go to www.sugarbush.com to register. 

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