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Bethel Fire Department Wins 27th Annual Firefighters' Race at Sunday River Resort

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

March 19, 2017

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Newry, Maine (March 26, 2017)—Maine's Bethel Fire Department won today's 27th Annual Firefighters' Race with a winning time of 30.73 seconds. Part of Sunday River Resort's Eat the Heat Chili Cook-Off event, teams of firefighters from around New England and parts of Canada, took to a giant slalom course on skis and snowboards to win the title of Masters of the Hose-all in an effort to raise money for the Sunday River Community Fund

In total, 12 teams of five, including two groups of five snowmakers, competed in today's giant slalom race down the resort's Tempest trail, all while toting 50 feet of fire hose. The two snowmaking teams-one from Sunday River and the other Cranmore Mountain in North Conway, New Hampshire-each carried 50 feet of snowmaking hose and raced against fellow firefighters in the ultimate battle of hot versus cold.

In the end, the Bethel Fire Department was crowned Masters of the Hose with a winning race time of 30.73 seconds. In second place was the Rumford Fire Department, who finished with a time of 32.02 seconds, and third place, Sunday River Snowmakers, who finished with a time of 34.08 seconds.  

The crowd-pleasing Eat the Heat Chili Cook-Off took place immediately after the Firefighters' Race. This event included eight restaurant teams from the resort and in the surrounding Newry and Bethel area, including one amateur competitor, "Noah's Grandma's Chili."

The 2017 Chili Cook-off was judged by a panel of media celebrities, including WJBQ-Q97.9's Lori Voornas, WGME-TV's Jeff Peterson, WMTW-TV's Steve Minich, Bob Witkowski of Visit Portland, and Herb Gross on behalf of Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation.

The Judges' scores awarded first prize to Suds Pub of Bethel, Maine, and the People's Choice award gave first place to Barking Dawg Market, located in Newry, Maine. The judges' runner up award went to the Shipyard Brew Haus at Sunday River, and third place was awarded to the Studio Bistro at Mill Hill Inn in Bethel, Maine.  

The Eat the Heat Chili Cook-Off and Firefighters' Race was part of an extensive lineup of spring events put on by the resort, which includes the Spring Après Concert Series, Spring Festival, and more.

For more information, b-roll video, and photos from Sunday River's Eat the Heat Chili Cook-Off and Firefighters' Race, contact Darcy Lambert at

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.