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A silver anniversary for the Ammonoosuc Amble!

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Ammonoosuc Amble Turns 25!February 01 2018 - Press Release

It’s hard to believe, but its been a quarter of a century since Ammonoosuc Health Service’s premier fundraising event – the Ammonoosuc Amble– has begun. What started as a small fundraiser has now grown to become one of the region’s signature races, hosting 200+ people on its five-mile course through picturesque Franconia and Bethlehem, NH. ONLINE REGISTRATION is NOW OPEN!!

Held annually in April at the Profile School in Franconia, the “Amble” as it’s affectionately referred to, has benefited a variety of health and wellness initiatives over the years. Since 2015, funds have gone directly to ACHS’ Miles for Smiles program which provides financial assistance to patients who need dental assistance and are unable to afford it.

All proceeds benefit local residents with affordable dental services they desperately need!

Today the race is supported in part by Fair Point Communication and Delta Dental as well as many, many local businesses and organizations. The event now raises between $10,00 -$20,000 dollars for ACHS’ Oral & Dental Health Center’s sliding fee fund which benefits area residents – patients such as J.B. from North Haverhill, NH.
Supports Miles for Smiles – affordable dental for those in need

A few years ago, J.B. was diagnosed with debilitating asthma, which impacted her ability to work full-time. As a result, her medical and household bills began to mount. She found herself in a position, where she just couldn’t make ends meet. She also had a painful issue with her tooth and her car needed an essential repair. She had to decide, fix her car or her tooth?
Fortunately, because she qualified for ACHS’ sliding fee, she didn’t have to choose. ACHS was able to fix her tooth without breaking the bank and J.B. was able to get the care she desperately needed. Today, she is back to work and has the confidence to smile again.

In 2016, ACHS Oral & Dental Health Center saw over 1,100 patients -  37% of them had no dental insurance. With the help of the Miles for Smiles program ACHS was able to provide over $400,000 in sliding dental fees, which went directly to patients. Proceeds from the Ammonoosuc Amble help support this fund.
“The Ammonoosuc Amble has really grown”, said Michelle Routhier, who has worked for ACHS for the past 20 years and participates at the registration table at the Amble. “It has been amazing to see more and more people come, and so cool to see many of the same people year after year.”

“There’s something for everyone at the Amble!”

Folks such as Allan Evoy and his family from British Colombia, Canada have been coming to the Ammonoosuc Amble for years. At 91, Allan is the race’s oldest participant and is referred to as the “King” of the Amble! The event also hosts Aubriella Murray from Vermont, who’s been running the Amble for several years with her dad. Last year, at nine years old, she beat her personal best completing the five-mile race in 48:48. The run is sanctioned by US Track & Field (USATF) and for many, the uphill race through Franconia is no easy challenge. “Those hills are a doozy” said race director Bruce Brekke.

Bruce, who has been the race director for nearly a decade keeps things running smoothly and organized at the event. The race is open to runners and walkers and there is also a ¼ mile kids fun run. “There’s really something for everyone.”, he said. “You can walk or run. There’s great food. Super prizes and terrific community camaraderie.”

Jill Kimball and Carol Hemenway along with members of ACHS Board of Directors coordinate the event. “It takes a village”, Jill said. “We have oodles of organizers from work and the community who help out with everything from food (there’s a free lunch), to auction prizes and fundraising. We could not have such a successful event without them.”

The Ammonoosuc Amble’s 25th Anniversary event will take place Saturday, April 28th this year. Registration for adults is $25 per person if you register before the event, $30 the day of the race. Kids, 12 and under are free, but are encouraged to register ahead to secure their race t-shirt and swag bag, which includes great goodies from local businesses. Participants should register online at www. Ammonoosuc.org/amble or for more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.



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