Race makes big donation to Mariah’s Challenge

Days after one of the most successful Butte 100 Mountain bike race weekends in the event’s history, the group decided to say thank you in the form of a $1,000 donation to the Butte scholarship foundation Mariah’s Challenge.

“I’ve been involved with Mariah’s Challenge for years. It’s an effort that we are proud to be in a position to support financially,” race director Gina Evans said. “The MC logo has been on our jersey since the first race. Because of our wonderful race sponsors, amazing athletes, and the Neon Army, it means a lot to me to be able to give. As the race grows, we hope to grow our positive impact in the community.”

Mariah’s Challenge is a scholarship program to fight drinking and driving and underage drinking. The foundation began after Mariah McCarthy was hit and killed by an underage drunk driver in 2007. The program has since awarded $195,000 in scholarships to Butte area seniors and has been featured on CNN, Dr. Phil, People, and OK Magazine.

“I really mean it when I say the affects of Mariah’s Challenge would not be felt if it weren’t for the generosity and hard work of people like this (the Butte 100 organizers and volunteers),” Mariah’s Challenge founder Leo McCarthy said. “The Butte 100 is such a great event for our community and area, and this donation is proof of their commitment to Butte, the youth of Butte, and promoting healthy living. That’s what Mariah’s Challenge is about. Saying thank you doesn’t seem like enough.”

The Butte 100 mountain bike race is a permitted race through the USFS Beaverhead-Deerlodge District, BLM, and USA Cycling that took place on July 27, 2013 at Homestake Pass. The seventh edition of the Butte 100, deemed “the toughest mountain bike race in the country,” saw 90 racers compete in the 100-mile race and 160 in the grueling 50-mile race. For more information on both organizations visit www.butte100.com and www.mariahschallenge.com.

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