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Greenway Challenge

THE UNIBANK GREENWAY CHALLENGE

a Whitin Community Center program


AN ADVENTURE RACE... LIKE NO OTHER!

Saturday September 24, 2016 , 8:30am

The mission of the Unibank Greenway Challenge is to promote the recreational quality of life in the Blackstone River Valley.  A program of the Whitin Community Center, presented by Unibank and supported by other partner organizations, the Greenway Challenge supports clean water campaigns, hiking and biking trails, wildlife projects, environmental education and development of waterway access.

Each year, the Greenway Challenge athletes run, paddle and bike on a course designed to bring you through one of the most beautiful and historic regions of New England, the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor located between Worcester, MA and Pawtucket, RI.

This annual race is quickly becoming one of New England's premier adventure races. Be sure to check out the testimonials!

 

Schedule

Pre-Registration Closes
Wednesday Sept 7
 - rates go up to $65. Registrations after this date are not guarenteed a t-shirt; they are available while supplies/sizes last.

Mandatory Captains' Meeting (team captain or representative) - must attend one
Wednesday Sept 7 at I-295 North Visitors Center in Cumberland, RI (right after Rt 146 and before Exit 10 on I-295 North) at 7pm
Thursday Sept 8 at Millbury Credit Union, 50 Main St in Millbury, MA at 7pm

Registration Closes
Monday Sept 19 - Registration closes for new teams or solo participants.
Wednesday Sept 21 - Registration closes for 2016 race. No additional teammates or new registrations will be accepted after this date.

Packet/Bib Pick-up and Pre-Race gathering*
Friday Sept 23 at Whitin Community Center, 60 Main St in Whitinsville, MA 5-8pm
* Bibs are NOT available for pick-up on Race Day. They MUST be picked up on Friday night.

Race Day
Saturday Sept 24
All Transition Sites "open" starting at 7am for gear drop off
Start on Onley Pond at Lincoln Woods State Park in Lincoln, RI at 8:30am
Estimated first finisher at Whitin Community Center at 2:30pm
Awards Ceremonty at approximately 4pm
 


Awards and Divisions

Teams of athletes run, paddle, and bike an approximate 50-60 mile course as a relay team in one of several divisions. Teams can be comprised of up to nine members in any combination of men, women, and youth (16 or older).  Athletes in our Ironman/woman divisions complete the entire course on their own with the help of one support person who moves equipment between segments.

Awards are presented to the Top 3 finishers in each division.

CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION
If your heart beats purely for the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, this is where your team needs to be.

CORPORATE CUP
Teams competing in this category must be comprised entirely of co-workers from the same organization, either for-profit or nonprofit.

ALL-WOMAN TEAMS
Ladies, here’s a chance to pick up some hardware for your efforts. Teams in this category must by made-up of all female competitors.

THE MASTERS
The Greenway Challenge is an ideal event for senior athletes, and a great opportunity to stand on the award stage with the “kids.” All participants on Masters teams must be 50 or older.

RECREATIONAL DIVISION
Want a day with a lot of fun and a maybe a little competition? Then, this is the division for you. 

IRONMAN/IRONWOMAN
If you have the spirit and determination to do the whole course on your own, then this is the division for you. Ironman/Ironwoman compete with the aid of one support person. 


Race Requirements

While we want you to be competitive and complete the Challenge, we must put the safety of all our athletes first. The race requirements are not flexible. Each transition site team is instructed to notify the Race Official if anything that is questionable. Thank you for your understanding.

  1. Teams must provide necessary maintenance equipment, food, water, supplies, and transportation for team members during the Greenway Challenge from the Start to the Finish Line.
  2. Participants must be age 16 or older. Ages 16 - 18 must have parental permission/signature on Liability Waiver and Photo Release Forms.
  3. Canoe, Kayak, Stand-up Paddleboard, or whatever your paddling craft is, the Greenway Challenge requirements are that you wear personal flotation devices (PFDs). Not wearing an approved PFD means disqualification of the person and their team.
  4. Cyclists are required to wear approved helmets. Not wearing an approved helmet disqualifies the person and their team.
  5. Runners are required to wear shoes. Not wearing shoes will disqualify person and their team.
  6. Pleae refer to the Course tab for the Cut-Off Times for this years race