AUGUST 12-14 AT GREAT GLEN TRAILS, FEATURING ‘DOWN ON THE FARM’ THEME’-VOLUNTEER SIGN UP NOW OPEN
PINKHAM NOTCH, NH – The one of a kind, uniquely challenging 24 Hours of Great Glen Mountain Bike race is returning to the Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center August 12, 13 and 14th. Now in its 16th year, this event brings some of the nation’s top racers together for a contest that requires equal parts endurance and strategy. RealTime scoring will add to the moment by moment competitive action, all set at the base of the Presidential Range on Route 16 in Pinkham Notch.
In the festival area, this year’s theme is “Down on the Farm” a cowboy hat and overalls style, which will add a colorful country feel to the setting, as well as with the race teams and volunteers who staff the event. There are many additional activities planned as part of the 24 hours of Great Glen Family Festival. These will include a Marshmallow Stuffing contest, 24’s Quacky Duck Race, Best Team Costume and Best Campsite Award contest. Also taking place will be:
The 24 Minutes of Great Glen Kid’s Race
This mini course with obstacles is set up in the field by the festival tent. Ages 0-5 ride a modified course. Ages 6-7 complete 1 lap. Ages 8-9 and 10-12 complete 2 laps but race in separate categories. Prizes awarded to top three in each age group
Free Kayaking: Saturday – 10:00am – 4:00pm & Sunday – 9:00am – 12:00pm
Face Painting for Kids: Saturday – 12:30pm – 4:00pm
Kids’ Movie Night: Saturday, 8:00pm
The Expo Area will feature the latest in cycling gear and outdoor apparel. It will be open Saturday, 9:00am – 6:00pm; Sunday, 9:00am – 3:00pm and the Festival Tent will include the Great Glen Outfitters and Glenview Café.
“What started as an endurance team bike race 16 years ago has evolved into a real family festival weekend. It increasingly seems like the families participating in the festival games and camping areas are having as much or more fun than the racers on the course!” observed Howie Wemyss, general manager of Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center and the Mt. Washington Auto Road.
The call for volunteers is now officially on, as well. Various times are available to be a part of this Great Glen weekend. All volunteers receive a 24 Hours of Great Glen event shirt, a pass for Great Glen Trails and a meal ticket. To volunteer please contact Kelly Evans at 603-466-3988.
Sponsors for the event include: Eastern Mountain Sports, Light & Motion, The Bike Shop, Mountain Valley Mall Cinema 7, Dakine, Red Jersey Cyclery, SRAM, Felt Bicycles, Cannondale, Michelin, Coca-Cola, Maui Jim, Hammer Nutrition and Precision Endurance.
For more information about any part of the 24 Hours of Great Glen Bike Race and Festival Weekend, contact Great Glen Trails at 466-3988 or visit the website: www.24hoursofgreatglen.com