This year will mark the 6th Annual 9/11 Memorial Mt. Grant Challenge. As the day of the event approaches committee members and volunteers are working out the details of quite a few enhancements to this year’s event.
Although the event is not a “timed” event, those who are the first (2nd or 3rd) to make it up the mountain typically earn “bragging rights.” This year, in honor of the late Cliff Cichowlaz, medals will be awarded to the top three men and women who complete the full challenge and arrive at the finish line first. This award recognizes the competitive spirit of participants who train to race against the clock. It is recognized, however, that for many this is not a race, and all finishers will be awarded coins at the top.
Again this year a “half” challenge will be offered for those who prefer not to tackle the full 17-mile hike on Saturday, Sept. 10. Those who enter the “half” challenge will be transported to a designated starting line where they will tackle 9.11 miles of the route and ascend to the top. Participants of the “half” challenge will also receive a finisher’s coin, t-shirt and support and encouragement along the way. This route includes numerous switchbacks and elevation climbs and offers those great “views” that bring entrants to the event each year.
Once again a Main Street parade is being slated to include flag raising and a memorial service at the Veteran’s Park on Friday evening. Proceeds from this event are earmarked for the Veteran’s Memorial Park and help defray the cost of maintaining the big American Flag that welcomes everyone at the entrance of the community. In addition to a 911 remembrance, registrants will be able to pick up their packets and enjoy refreshments and entertainment on Friday evening.
Since 9/11 falls on Sunday morning, organizers are hoping to hold a memorial breakfast to remember and honor those who lost their lives on 9/11 and to allow participants time to gather to recap the prior days’ events.
For those who would like to participate, volunteer or assist in some way there are plenty of opportunities. Kirk Bausmann is heading up the volunteer forces and Kathy Trujillo will be coordinating the parade. If you have questions regarding this event you can send an email to the group’s website http://911mt.grantchallenge.org.
Registration details can be accessed through the website or active.com.