Volunteers needed for Dempsey Challenge


LEWISTON – Volunteer applications for the Dempsey Challenge will be accepted through the event website, www.dempseychallenge.org, beginning Monday, March 1. More than 600 volunteers are needed for the Oct. 2 and 3 fundraising event to benefit The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing at Central Maine Medical Center.

Among others, volunteer positions include goodie-bag stuffing, registration, course marshals and water stations. All volunteers will receive an official Dempsey Challenge T-shirt and complimentary meal.

The second annual Dempsey Challenge has expanded to a two-day format and will again take place at Simard-Payne Police Memorial Park in Lewiston. A 5-kilometer (3.1 mile) run/walk and a new 10-kilometer (6.2 mile) run/walk are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 2 followed by cycling distances of 10, 25, 50 and 100 miles on Sunday, Oct. 3.

“Volunteers are essential to the success of The Dempsey Challenge,” said event manager Wendy Tardif. “The support from the community has been tremendous and with the expanded format in 2010, volunteers will be more important than ever.”

Actor and Maine native Patrick Dempsey participated in the 50-mile ride alongside professional cyclists George Hincapie, David Zabriskie, Stephen Roche and Ted King in 2009. Dempsey created the event as a fundraising vehicle for the Dempsey Center and to promote physical activity as an important part of daily life.

Thus far, the event has attracted more than 1,400 registrants from 22 states and three countries. Totals include more than 600 runners and walkers, more than 500 cyclists and more than 100 participants taking part in both disciplines. Participation caps of 4,000 and 3,500 have been set for Saturday and Sunday, respectively. A fundraising minimum of $150 has been set for each registrant 18 years and over.

The Dempsey Challenge’s family-friendly Festival in the Park will also return during the weekend with a Health and Wellness Expo, KidZone, live entertainment, participant lobster bake and the Amgen Breakaway from Cancer Survivor Walk.

For more information, visit www.dempseychallenge.org