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1st annual Bob Gilman Fun Run

When: Sunday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m. to noon; awards ceremony at 1 p.m.
Where: McIntyre Ski Area, 50 Chalet Way, Manchester
Cost: Free with the purchase of a lift ticket (weekend rates range from $29 to $38 depending on age group and length of day)
Visit: bobgilmanfunrun.com




Ski spree
McIntyre hosts ski and snowboard race

01/26/17
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 In honor of longtime Manchester native Bob Gilman — who took it upon himself back in the late 1980s to fund and coach all of the city’s high school ski racing teams when they were almost cut from the city’s budget — McIntyre Ski Area will host a ski and snowboard race for all ages and abilities.

The first annual Bob Gilman Fun Run will be held on Sunday, Jan. 29, and all skiers, snowboarders and snow tubers who buy a lift ticket to McIntyre that day can participate at no additional charge.
The race trail will be open from 10 a.m. to noon, during which time participants will have the chance to take two 20- to 40-second runs that will each be officially timed. Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in more than a dozen age categories during an award ceremony that will follow at 1 p.m. An outdoor tiki bar with chances to win raffle prizes is also planned.
McIntyre will be open to the public for the duration of the race and will be offering equipment rentals for an additional charge to participate, but you can also bring your own equipment for the race.
“We’re mainly doing this to bring attention to McIntyre and to the skiing community here in Manchester,” said Bob’s daughter Laura Gilman, who organized the event. “It was always a second home for my family in the wintertime, so we’ve always had a good relationship with them.”
Gilman said her father continued to coach the high school skiing teams until he died from cancer in 1995. But even after his death, a few of his friends continued to keep the ski teams alive after taking over for him. She said the idea to have an event at McIntyre in his memory has long been in the works but was delayed for family reasons.
“They were basically going to take skiing out of the athletic program altogether, so he opted to not only fund all three schools, but he also rented the buses, he rented the hill at McIntyre, and he paid the students’ fees to participate,” she said.
Anyone who visits McIntyre can register to run in the race that day or ahead of time online. Gilman said a portion of the funds raised from racers who purchase a lift ticket will benefit local cancer care facilities like the Elliot Regional Cancer Center and New Hampshire Oncology and Hematology.
“The money will go toward cash funds they have there that help pay for small things like medications,” she said. 





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