PRESS RELEASE As published in MyNorth.com January 2019
Contact: Elizabeth Gertz Looze | Phone: 231.582.1186
In honor of its 70th anniversary, Boyne Mountain Resort hosted the 70-Hour Challenge, January 9-12, spinning lifts for 70 consecutive hours and raising $34,500 for Challenge Mountain. The event had over 200 participants who raised funds and 72 skiers and snowboarders that took to the slopes day and night tracking a whopping 7,257 runs. The monies generated were from individual and team pledges, registration fees, and four-day ticket sales donated by Boyne Mountain.
Bill Aten, Challenge Mountain Board president and volunteer ski instructor, said, “One hundred percent of the money raised will be used to provide life enhancing recreational opportunities like adaptive skiing for children and adults living with disabilities.”
Ed Grice, president and general manager of Boyne Mountain Resort, said, “I am proud of the collaborative efforts of the Challenge Mountain and Boyne Mountain teams, as well as all those that pledged support for this great northern Michigan organization. It was a historic event fitting of our 70th anniversary.”
Robert Parker finished the Challenge with 603 runs, the most runs of any adult, and Caleb Dubey tracked the most runs in the youth division with 501. Dan Decker, John Jackubiak, and Lake Street Vets contributed the highest donations at $3,600, $1,214 and $4,749, respectively.