UPDATE: The race is over. It pains me terribly to report that I did not retain the crown--despite improving over last year's time by almost 5 minutes. I finished 3rd overall. Results here.
I tip my hat to the dastardly duo who toppled my regime by running a remarkable race as well as all other racers who made it a day to remember. I'd also like to thank the Thunderbolt Ski Runners for organizing an amazing race and after-party. I look forward to next year's edition; possibly the deposed king returns seeking vengance.
Lastly, to everyone who donated--THANK YOU! I had no idea if this idea would fly, but your support was inspiring on and off the mountain. YOU ROCK!
This page will continue to accept donations for another week. If you haven't donated yet, please do...the Northern Berkshire United Way and a non-profit TBD thank you.
Last year I had the privilege of competing in the 75th Anniversary Thunderbolt Ski Race on Mt. Greylock in Adams, MA. Details here and here.
It was an awesome race and good fortune was with me as I captured the King of the Mountain trophy. This year I thought I would use this honor to raise awareness about the race and the trail, issue a good-natured challenge, and see if Thunderbolt racers and the surrounding community could use the race platform to raise funds for worthy local non-profits.
I call this escapade Capture the King!, but it's about more than beating me up and down the mountain.
The details are simple:
The KoTM winner can choose to designate 1/2 of the total funds we raise to a local 501c3 non-profit agency of his/her choice--the remainder stays with the Northern Berkshire United Way for local distribution among their 23 agencies.
The non-profit you choose does not have to be local to the Northern Berkshire area; this makes it a good opportunity for your local non-profits to support and benefit from your blazing fast performance.
As you can see reaching the goal I've set will be as challenging as ascending Greylock's 3,491 feet. I know we can get there, but I'll need your help.
Please consider donating to the Northern Berkshire United Way and a non-profit TBD by the 2011 King of the Mountain!
I will update this page and Facebook with more details as necessary in the days leading up to the race.
Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support this fundraising effort.
Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!