Celebrating 20 years of the Unibank Greenway Challenge
WHITINSVILLE – The Whitin Community Center is pleased to announce that registration is underway for the 20th Anniversary 2021 UniBank Greenway Challenge, New England’s premier adventure race that promotes the recreational quality of life in the Blackstone River Valley. The first Greenway Challenge was organized and run in 2001. It was an offshoot of “Expedition 2000,” sponsored by the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. Expedition 2000 comprised a group of men and women who, by canoeing the entire length of the Blackstone River, put a spotlight on the emerging recreational opportunities in the Blackstone Valley, which stretches from Worcester, to Pawtucket, RI. The mission of the UniBank Greenway Challenge is to promote the recreational quality of life in the Blackstone River Valley.
This year’s milestone event will be held on Saturday, September 25 (rain date October 2), and will feature fun and exciting run, bike and paddle segments which will take athletes from Lincoln Woods State Park, Rhode Island up through the Blackstone Valley with transition sites in Douglas State Forest and Riverbend Farms to the finish line at the Whitin Community Center’s Whitin Park, in Whitinsville, over 50 miles later. This adventure race includes street running, trail running, paddling, street bike, and mountain bike segments, that is designed to bring you through one of the most beautiful and historic regions of New England, the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. Teams can be made up of 1-8 people with team members doing just 1 or 2 segments each, up to individuals conquering all of the segments themselves! Athletes can compete in any of the following categories: Individual Participant (Male or Female), 2-4 Person Team (Male, Female & Co-Ed), and 5-8 Person Team (Male, Female, Co-Ed & Corporate). Whether you’ve been with it since the very beginning, or just joining in on the fun now, there has never been a better time to get involved with the Greenway Challenge.
The Greenway Challenge, is also looking for volunteers to staff the start and finish lines, our transition sites, and photographers to take pictures on the course. If you are interested in volunteering at this incredible historic event, please visit www.greenwaychallenge.org/volunteer or contact, Monique Boucher-Adams at 508.234.8184 ext 121 or [email protected] for more information.
Thank you to our incredible sponsors for supporting this event: UniBank, Koopman Lumber & Hardware, Osterman Propane, NEDT, Inc., Ski With Charlie, Massachusetts DCR, and Rhode Island D.E.M. Please contact Sarah Lawson at 508.234.8184 ext 122 or [email protected] for more information about sponsorship opportunities.
A program of the Whitin Community Center, presented by UniBank and supported by other partner organizations, the Greenway Challenge supports the development of new programs, purchase of additional equipment, and facility renovations for the members and guests of the Whitin Community Center (WCC). The WCC is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to enhancing the health and well-being of individuals and families and to building a strong community in the Blackstone Valley.
Head on over to www.GreenwayChallenge.org to register yourself, your team, or volunteer for this milestone event.
For any questions regarding participation please contact the Greenway Challenge team at [email protected] or 508.234.8184 ext 132 for more information.
The Whitin Community Center is committed to enhancing the health and well-being of individuals and families and building a strong community in the Blackstone Valley. We offer social, recreational, educational, and outreach programs that bring community members of all ages and backgrounds together. The Whitin Community Center is the Blackstone Valley’s most complete family and recreation center with two swimming pools, a gym, fitness center, early learning programs, summer camps and a seven and a half acre park. For more information call 508.234.8184 or visit www.WhitinCommunityCenter.com.