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Adirondack Challenge organizers critique event

Adirondack Challenge debrief meeting closes with the awarding of the events “Finish” banner to the Town of Indian Lake and Town Supervisor Brian Wells; (left to right) Brian McDonnell, Neil McGovern, Jeff Byrne, Bill Farber, Christine Pouch, Ross Levi, Jim McKenna, Brian Wells, Vonnie Liddle.

Adirondack Challenge debrief meeting closes with the awarding of the events “Finish” banner to the Town of Indian Lake and Town Supervisor Brian Wells; (left to right) Brian McDonnell, Neil McGovern, Jeff Byrne, Bill Farber, Christine Pouch, Ross Levi, Jim McKenna, Brian Wells, Vonnie Liddle. Photo by Bill Quinlivan.

— The goal of the Aug. 6 meeting was to:

•assess how the organizers and residents felt about the event;

•see what worked and what didn’t work; and

•find out whether or Indian Lake town officials and residents would be willing to host another such Challenge-type event.

The Positives

Ron Ofner of the ARTC said he felt the event was a success for the region.

“Our website visitation for six days post the event doubled what it was for the same time during the previous year,” Ofner said.

Jeff Byrne of ORDA commented on what he thought was a great logistical effort in having a host system to greet guests.

Indian Lake Councilman John Valentine responded that the hosts numbered around 30 individuals who were all volunteers and they were made up of Indian Lake residents and others from all over the Adirondack Park.

”Everyone had a great time, and a lot of that stemmed from the greeting they got and from the ongoing efforts of the volunteers throughout the event,” Farber said.

Terri De Armas, an Indian Lake resident, was a hostess during the event.

“My husband was also a host,” De Armas said. “Everyone had a wonderful time and they loved Indian Lake.”

Lenny Baglieri, proprietor of the Blue Mountain Rest commended the organizers.

“What you pulled off in seven weeks was commendable,” Baglieri said.

Jim McKenna of ROOST said everyone came together, learned about Indian Lake and made contacts, which would improve communication and cooperation in the future through the region.

“The rafters are seeing a very positive increase in interest since the event,” Bob Rafferty said. “In fact, people who were involved in the event are already returning with friends and family to raft again.”

Concerning the flatwater portion of the event, co-organizer Brian McDonnell reported that the venue of Indian Lake “was terrific and perfect for the focus of the event, the four-person canoe.” There were just under 100 participants.

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