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ASF ends the season with the Ralph Hartman Tribute Race

Race start announcer John Melman, with Stu Smith award winner Ed Hartman, Jr. and ASF volunteer Kristen Hanley.

70 racers and over 160 volunteers made the Hartman Race a spectacular, fun and celebratory final event for the 2010-11 ASF winter season. The fun race was set up on the lower half of Windham Mountain’s trail, Whiteway. Competitors ranged from mono-skiers, bi-skiers, and 4 trackers to snowboarders and skiers with cognitive disabilities. A great crowd cheered the racers to the finish ringing cowbells and shouting support. Everyone who raced received a medal.

After the race, awards were presented to the top three competitors in each field. Special awards were also presented.

The Buff Donnelly Award, presented to the student who demonstrates exceptional courage, determination and love for life, was awarded to Lee Papierowicz and John Hudson Dilgen.

The Stu Smith Magic Man award, given to an adult (over 18) student who best exemplifies Stu’s enthusiasm, good cheer, and love of skiing, was awarded to Ed Hart Jr.

The Rookie of the Year award was given to volunteer instructor Jonathan Gross.

The Hartman Award was created in memory of Ralph Hartman, an ASF Instructor who lost his life to cancer. Ralph was a dedicated, behind the scenes, caring individual. This year’s Hartman Awards, were presented to indoor volunteer Donna Weis, and the outdoor volunteer Marty Higgins.

The day concluded with a pasta dinner, music and tons of dancing at the Windham Base Lodge. Everyone laughed and danced the night away exhibiting the love and camaraderie shared by all.