Black Fly Blitz – Gee, did we have fun!

A little drizzly, a lot cloudy and even more fun!
The 2017 Black Fly Blitz

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Runners take your mark.

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Get set … go!

 The first man crosses the finish.

 … and the first woman was less than a minute later.

And a whole lot more …
Check your results!

The ladies who walked.

 Twice the fun on the run.
 KRHS Track Team on the run.
 Honeymooners on the run.

Back at the bandstand there were …
BFB_2017_Ann_Davis_01Medals for the winners. A family of winners.
 Every kid was a winner. Man’s best friend carried home the bling.

See you next year!

Thanks a million! Black Fly Blitz a great success!

BFB_2017_KRHS_Volunteers_01Thanks to the work of more than 40 volunteers, the Wilmot Community Association’s (WCA) 13th annual Black Fly Blitz on Memorial Day – Monday, May 29 – was a resounding success. Proceeds from the Black Fly Blitz support the WCA, which owns and operates the WCA’s Red Barn, a community center, and Timothy Patten Park, a beach and playground. The track and cross-country teams at Kearsarge Regional High School (KRHS) receive a portion of the race proceeds.

Several members of the KRHS track and cross-country teams and their coaches assisted with the race. They included: Marliese Baer, Jenna Bears, Mya Dube, Kasey Lipscomb, Trevor Pauling, Avril Prak and David Wallace. KRHS coaches, staff and parents assisting with the event included Peter Angus, Ernie Brake, Brian Pauling and Ed Rehor.

BFB_2017_FAST_01David Zuger, Wilmot police chief, led the nearly 170 runners on course in a police cruiser. Nola Aldrich was the honorary starter. Members of the Wilmot Volunteer Fire Department’s FAST Squad including Ethan Ballan, CJ Brim, Sean Brunel, Scott Carpenter, Storm Connor, Dave Herr, Jonathan Jusczyk, Philip Nicholson and Darren Phipps and were on hand to assist with any medical emergencies. The Wilmot Ladies Aid Society loaned their tables. The Wilmot Highway Department provided road barricades to ensure participants’ safety at intersections along the course.

Janet Baker, Sondra Brake, Lisah Carpenter, Kimberlee Esposito, Mary Kulacz, Margaret Monto, Jan Sahler, Rachel Seamans and De Segerson baked cookies and provided other foods for the people who participated in the race.

BFB_2017_Marc_Davis_01Bill Burris set up his wonderful handmade games. He was ably assisted by Adam Glass. Rosanna Eubank-Long applied temporary tattoos – in a black fly motif – to the delight of lots of children and adults.

Other volunteers included: Jenny Santora, Molly Santora, Will Santora, Jim Santora, Keith Seamans, Trudy Philbrick-Brake and Nancy Large. Marc Davis assisted with sponsor recruitment. Susan Nye photographed the event.

Ensuring the financial success of the Black Fly Blitz were the 51 race sponsors.

Ledyard Bank, Rayno Construction LLC and Rymes Propane & Oil contributed at the super platinum level.

Platinum sponsors included Echo Communications, Gutgsell & Phipps Dentistry, InterTown Record, Kearsarge Property & Landscape Services Inc. and Lakes Region Tent and Event.

Sponsors at the gold level were: A Cut Above Tree Service, Charter Trust Co., Colonial Pharmacy, FloorCraft, Huckleberry Propane & Oil, Jewell Box Storage, Northeast Delta Dental, Perkins Landscaping, Pizza Chef of Andover, Pleasant Acres LLC, Scott Carpenter Construction, Tom Conway Tree Service and Walker Automotive Inc.

Silver sponsors included Barton Insurance Agency, Belletetes Inc., C.A. Miller Plumbing & Heating, Chadwick Funeral & Cremation Service LLC, Cherry Pond Fine Furniture, Clarke’s Hardware, Colby Insurance Group, Cornelio Law Offices, Frank Anzalone Associates, Hubert’s of New London, Kearsarge Veterinary Clinic PPLC, Lake Sunapee Bank, Marathon Landscaping, Marshall’s Garage, Philip Nicholson Builder, Road ID, Spring Ledge Farm, Sugar River Bank, the Terhune Family and Woods Without Gile LLC.

Sponsors at the bronze level were Better Homes & Gardens Milestone Real Estate, Connie’s Classic Coverups, Dr. Donna Reed PPLC, Hannaford, New London, Joan Marie’s Beauty Boutique, McCrillis & Eldredge, Morgan Hill Bookstore and Pleasant Lake Veterinary Hospital.BFB_2017_Ann_Davis_01

Our sincere thanks to everyone who helped make the Black Fly Blitz a fabulous event!

Sincerely,
Ann and Marc Davis, race directors, WCA Black Fly Blitz

The countdown is on to the Black Fly Blitz 5K

Black Fly LogoIt’s going to be a great morning! Once again, the WCA will celebrate Memorial Day with the ever-popular Black Fly Blitz 5K run/walk. A fan favorite for runners and walkers alike, the race steps off at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 29.

Avoid the rush – register today! You can register online or fill in a form and mail it to the WCA. Don’t’ delay; the deadline for pre-registration is Friday, May 26.
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Black Fly Blitz Entry Fees – until May 26
Children – 8 years and younger … free
Youth – 9 to 17 years … $15
Adults – 18 and older … $20

Black Fly Blitz Entry Fees – day of the race – May 29
Children – 8 years and younger … still free
Youth – 9 to 17 years … $20
Adults – 18 and older … $25

BFB_2016_Race_is_on_01Race Day Schedule

7:30 a.m. – sign-in and day of race registration opens on the  Town Green at the intersection of Valley and Village roads in Wilmot.

9 a.m. – and they’re off for a fabulous run or walk around the scenic Wilmot loop.
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10:15 a.m – awards will be presented at the Bandstand on the Town Green.

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Post-race fun includes music on the bandstand with Cloud Duo. They will play classic rock and country music. There will be great games for the kids and temporary black fly tattoos for all.

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The Black Fly Blitz is the WCA’s largest fundraiser. Thank you to all the runners, walkers and sponsors who support this fun and festive morning. A portion of the race proceeds will be donated to the Kearsarge Regional High School track and cross-country teams.

Everything you need to know about the Black Fly Blitz. 

Join the fun at the Black Fly Blitz 5K

BFB_2015_start_01Don’t miss out ! More than a run, more than a walk … the Black Fly Blitz 5K is a celebration!

The 13th annual 5K walk/run will start at 9 a.m. Monday, May 29 at the intersection of Kearsarge Valley and Village roads. Check out the race course! Stick around, after the race there will be music, games and more.

Register by May 26 for the WCA’s Black Fly Blitz and save $5.

Until May 26, race registration is:

free for children 8 years and younger
$15 for youths 9 to 17BFB_2015_1st_man_01
$20 for adults 18 and older.

On race day, registration will be free for children 8 years and younger, $20 for youths 9 to 17 and $25 for adults 18 and older.

BFB_2016_Tatoos_01Advance registration is available online or by mail. Registration is available online  or download the mail-in entry form. Send your form with payment to to the WCA at PO Box 23, Wilmot, NH 03287 or drop it off in the drop box in the front hall of the WCA’s Red Barn at 64 Village Road. Online, mail and drop-off registration must be received by noon Friday, May 26.

BFB_2014_band_03Day-of-the-race registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. The Kearsarge Regional High School track and cross-country teams and their coaches will be volunteering at the race and will receive a portion of the proceeds.

The awards presentation will take place at 10:15 a.m. The Cloud Duo will play classic rock and country music. Activities for children will include temporary tattoos and an assortment of games.

Get ready to run … or walk the WCA Black Fly Blitz 5K

BFB_2016_1st_Man_01Registration is open for the region’s favorite 5K! The WCA’s Black Fly Blitz steps off at 9 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29. Participants who register by May 1 will receive a free T-shirt.

Participants can register online, by mail or on site the day of the race. Online and mail-in registration closes at noon Friday, May 26! Day-of-the-race registration begins at 7:30 a.m. under the tent on the town green at the intersection of Kearsarge Valley and Village roads in Wilmot.

Until May 26, race registration is: 

Children – 8 and younger free
Youths – 9 to 17 $15
Adults – 18 and older $20

On race day, registration for participants 9 years and older will increase by $5.

BFB_2014_KRHS_volunteers_07“For the sixth consecutive year, coaches and members of the Kearsarge Regional High School track and cross-country teams will be assisting the WCA on race day,” said Ann Davis, a member of the WCA Board of Directors. Ann and her husband, Marc, are co-directors of the race. To acknowledge the KRHS volunteers’ time, the WCA will donate a portion of the race proceeds to the teams.
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The 3.1-mile, 5K scenic course is a clockwise loop that starts on Village Road and continues on Shindagan Road, to Cross Hill Road, to Campground Road and then to Village Road.It is a relatively flat race over slightly undulating terrain.


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Water will be available at the race mid-point. Runners and walkers will receive free beverages and snacks after the race.
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Awards will be presented at 10:15 a.m. at the Wilmot Bandstand on the town green. The Cloud Duo will play classic rock and country music. Activities for children will include temporary tattoos and an assortment of games.

Now in its 13th year, the Black Fly Blitz 5K is the WCA’s largest fundraiser. Many thanks to our generous sponsors and to everyone who comes out to walk or run. Money raised at the Black Fly Blitz helps the WCA provide free and low cost entertainment, recreation and educational activities for families, adults and seniors.