By Charlene Lovett

The community’s investment in its parks and recreation system and municipal airport have made Claremont the venue of choice for regional outdoor events, drawing people nationally and internationally. The city’s diverse parks provide the backdrop for numerous sports competitions, music, and festivals. Recent multi-million dollar improvements to the municipal airport have expanded opportunities for those interested in flying.

In August, the city hosted the Eastern States Cup Enduro race at the Arrowhead Recreation Area. Mountain bike enthusiasts, from across the country and abroad, participated in the race. Given the success of the race, plans are already in the works to hold it again in Claremont next year. In addition, there is a growing interest in holding other mountain bike events at the same location.

Also in August, the city’s municipal airport hosted the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) which offered training to teenagers interested in flying. For one week, CAP taught students to fly glider planes. Some completed the training with a solo flight, enabling them to move forward with instruction on becoming fixed winged pilots. Students from across the nation attended the training which will be held again at Claremont’s Municipal Airport next year.

More events are scheduled in Claremont’s parks and recreation areas for September and October as follows:

On Saturday, Sept. 18, the Claremont Kiwaniis will host its 7th annual Brewfest and 6th annual 5K race at the Visitors Center Green, located along the Sugar River. More than 30 breweries will be at the event. The 5K will start at 11:30 a.m. VIP admission is from noon to 1 p.m. General admission is 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

On Sunday, Sept. 19, the city will host the regional Special Olympics Track and Field Meet at Monadnock Park. Events will begin at 9 a.m. and closing ceremonies will be held around 1 p.m.

On Saturday, Oct. 2, the Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, will host its annual Fall Festival & Chili Cook-Off at the Visitors Center Green. The festival will begin at noon with live entertainment and numerous vendors. Chili tasting will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Because of the success of the Enduro Mountain Bike Race in August, the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Mountain Bike Team selected Claremont as the location for hosting a Collegiate Cycling Championship. The event will take place on the weekend of Oct. 9 and 10 at both Arrowhead and Moody Park.

Also in October, the city will host the regional Special Olympics Swim Meet at the Claremont Savings Bank Community Center. Date is to be determined.

Charlene Lovett is the mayor of Claremont and welcomes your feedback. Please email questions, comments or concerns to her at clovett.ccc@gmail.com

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