NEECA News -- JUNE 2022

A WONDERFUL Day was had by all!
Well, we couldn't be happier to report that the NEECA/Athol YMCA's first ever, VERY special Triathlon was a huge success! The common theme of the day was SMILES.
Runners.....Riders.....Bikers....everyone had a smile on their face. We were given the gift of beautiful weather, some very hardworking volunteers, and a fun group of competitors that took to heart our goal of making this an enjoyable day to get out with friends and family, get a little exercise, and have some fun.
Here were the placings:
Teams: 1st place - Dream Team,
2nd -Hideaway Hillbillies
3rd - Pine Oak Stables
Individual: Runner - Jack Palumbo
Cyclist - Shawn Fitzgibbons
Equestrian - Ann Degnan
A special Shout Out to Sue Ellen Mowcomber from NEECA, and Kelly Anne Knower from the Athol YMCA, for all the hard hours of work they put in to organize this wonderful event!
Plans are definitely in place to hold this wonderful event again next year, so start your training for it now and join us!
We have the link to over 300 pictures taken at this past Saturday's NEECA/Athol YMCA Triathlon. Wow, they are spectacular. We thought folks were having a good time, but now we know for sure they were!
A VERY special thanks to Dawn Laughlin from The Farm at Millstone Oaks in Phillipston, MA for these amazing pictures. Dawn has generously offered download of these pictures for free! What beautiful memories they will provide for our participants.
So, click on the link below, sit back and enjoy!
Biker to Runner Hand Off
All made possible by amazing NEECA & YMCA volunteers!
And they're off!!
We've got two fun events happening at NEECA in the next couple of weeks. Please plan to join us! More information available on our website at
Saturday, June 18th
Saturday, June 25th
Represent NEECA in the Petersham 4th of July Parade
Everyone loves a parade, right? Especially Petersham! If you would be interested in riding in the the Petersham 4th of July Parade, please contact Margo Petracone at
What to know about riding at NEECA.....
  • The NEECA gates are usually closed in order to deter mischief, but they are NEVER LOCKED
  • Park is open from Dawn to Dusk every day
  • Members are welcome to ride at the park anytime
  • If you would like to use the Main Arena, cost is $5 per 90 minute session, and you need to contact to schedule a time
  • We ask that you sign a waiver before riding at the park. You can do so online:
  • Please close the gate when you leave, as long as there is no official event taking place that day
  • Clean up around your trailer before leaving. There is a dumpster on site for trash, and please pick up all manure left in parking areas
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