The Mountain Times

°F Wed, April 23, 2014

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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Big CONGRATULATIONS are in order to Joe DeSena, his organizing and support team, Killington Resort and the Town of Killington for having one of the most successful Summer Events in our history as a resort community.

Over the years, we have seen the likes of the Vermont Jazz Festival (Ray Charles playing to the slopes of Snowshed), professional Summer Stock Theater (Green Mountain Guild), International Grand Prix Horse Show at Ramshead, Northeast Championship Hang Gliding at the top of Pico, Hartford Ballet at Ramshead and many other private and Town-sponsored events. It is obvious that Joe has found a niche for today's marathoners who are looking for more than a timed event... he has brought the competition to the next level for all ages and abilities. The huge number of participants ranged from four years old (minimum age) to Senior Citizens and gave the feeling of a strong winter weekend to our community. There was even a Canine compitition!

In speaking with a few of the Spartans after they finished the competition, I heard a common strain... that this was the most challenging and fun event of this type in which they had participated. The challenges of our natural mountain terrain, coupled with the man-made obstacles, and the ability of our business community to service what was thousands of not only participants but also friends and family who joined them for the weekend all worked perfectly. Community volunteers from the Elementary School Parent Group, the local Rotary Club, among others, were generous with their gifts of time and efforts. Good job, all.

I am sure we are not alone in our support of Joe and his Spartan group, of our Resort and of our Town and Business Community. We encourage the expansion of this weekend to include additional events (perhaps a Winter Spartan Competition?) It was thrilling to see the smiles on ALL the faces on the Mountain last weekend-participants, visitors, observers, local residents and business owners!

The Montgomery Family, Killington, Vt.