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Bethel Fire Department Wins 26th Annual Firefighters' Race at Sunday River Resort

Proceeds from the Eat the Heat Chili Cook-Off and Firefighters' Race will be donated to the Sunday River Community Fund.

April 3, 2016

Newry, Maine (April 3, 2016) -The Bethel Fire Department from Bethel, Maine won Sunday's 26th Annual Firefighters' Race, part of the Eat the Heat Chili Cook-Off event at Sunday River Resort. Three teams from around Maine competed in the event, raising money for the Sunday River Community Fund, which benefits the quality of life in the communities that make up the Sunday River area. 

The the giant slalom race took place on the Starlight trail. Teams of five firefighters in full gear raced down the course toting 50 feet of fire hose. Teams included both skiers and snowboarders.

The Bethel Fire Department won the race with a time of 34.89 seconds, and will receive ten lift ticket vouchers for their efforts. Second place, Chisholm Fire Department, finished with a time of 36.09 seconds, and third place and former winners, Jay Fire Department, finished with a time of 45.09 seconds.  Both second and third place teams will receive five lift ticket vouchers.

The crowd-pleasing Eat the Heat Chili Cook-Off took place immediately after the Firefighters' Race at White Cap Lodge. This event included five chef teams from restaurants at Sunday River Resort and in the surrounding Newry and Bethel area.

The 2016 Chili Cook-off was judged by a panel of media celebrities, including Q97.9's Lori Voornas, WGME's Jeff Peterson, WMTW's Steve Minich, Bob Witkowski of Portland CVB, and Marty Basch of the Portland Phoenix.

Both the Judges' scores and the People's Choice award gave first place to the Sudbury Inn located in Bethel, Maine. The judges' runner up award went to the Shipyard Brew Haus, and third place was awarded to Rocket Ron's American Grille.

The Eat the Heat Chili Cook-Off and Firefighters' Race was part of an extensive lineup of spring events put on by the resort, and included Saturday's annual tropical party, Spring Festival.

For more information, b-roll video, and photos from Sunday River's Eat the Heat Chili Cook-Off and Firefighters' Race, contact Karolyn Castaldo at kcastaldo@sundayriver.com.

About Sunday River Resort-A four-season destination, Sunday River Resort is home to eight interconnected mountain peaks of world-class skiing and snowboarding. The resort includes 135 trails and six terrain parks on 870 skiable acres. Sunday River is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions and is located in Newry, Maine, amidst the scenic Mahoosuc Range.

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