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Bob Gilman Fun Run

Where: McIntyre Ski Area, 50 Chalet Way, Manchester
When: Sunday, Jan. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon
Cost: Two timed runs included with $38 lift ticket
Visit: mcintyreskiarea.com or bobgilmanfunrun.com




Fun Run returns
Ski race for a good cause at McIntyre

01/18/18
By Ethan Hogan



 A family legacy continues at McIntyre Ski Area with a day of ski and snowboard races that will honor Bob Gilman, who in the late 1980s helped protect the ski programs for Manchester’s high schools.

With the city’s ski programs in danger of being cut from the budget, Gilman decided to fund the programs and coach the kids himself. Gilman remained the champion of the ski program from then until he died of cancer at age 47 in 1995.
His daughter, Laura Gilman, organized the Fun Run last year to commemorate her father’s work, share her love of skiing with others and raise money to help those affected by cancer. 
“I always wanted to ski race in college and my father knew it was important that I ski for my high school team so [he] went to the school board and said he would volunteer his time as well as fund all three Manchester city ski teams in order for them to continue on,” she said. “He was responsible for single-handedly keeping the Alpine ski racing program in the city of Manchester.”
Last year, 40 racers pre-registered online and another hundred showed up the day of the event, Laura Gilman said. The event’s success prompted her to add separate snowboard runs this year.
Racers will do timed runs from 10 a.m. to noon, and their times will be averaged.
At the end of the races, awards for first, second and third are given out in more than 20 age categories ranging from 2½ to 75.
During the races, raffles and auctions will be held to raise money for two cancer programs: the Mary & Elliot Charitable Foundation petty cash fund, which is used to help patients pay for transportation to Elliot Hospital to get treatment, and New Hampshire Oncology and Hematology, which is one of the biggest chemotherapy dispensaries in southern New Hampshire. The event raised just under $6,000 last year, according to Laura Gilman.
“I think it is important that people have the opportunity to get life-saving treatments, and sometimes [they] just can’t afford the means to be there or to get the medication they need that will help save their life,” she said. 
Ski lessons, tubing, and the cafeteria in the lodge will be open the day of the races. Depending on the weather, there might be a bonfire and an outdoor tiki bar. 
“McIntyre Ski Area is a place that’s near and dear to my family and a lot of people in the city of Manchester. It’s kind of a hidden treasure. A lot of people don’t even know it exists, but it’s very cool that we have a learn-to-ski mountain in our city,” Laura Gilman said.
She is still an avid skier, skiing every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at McIntyre.
After Bob Gilman passed away, a couple of his friends picked up his role as coach. Shortly after, the city began to fund the program and hired coaches. The program still runs today. 





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