The Defibrillators showed that they’ve got a lot of heart on Feb. 4 and 5. The team of four teenagers took first place in The Ridge Goes Red 2005 – a 24-hour ski and snowboard relay race at Maple Ski Ridge in Schenectady – tallying 1,313 runs in 24 hours.
The race got underway at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4, and 18 teams worked through the night and day before kicking off their skis and boards at 7 p.m. Feb. 5. Each team consisted of four people, and one person from each team was required to be on the mountain at all times.
The Ridge Goes Red 2005 served as a fund-raiser for the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women program. Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 3 killers of women – one in every 2.5 women die of heart disease or stroke – and Go Red For Women raises funds and awareness in an effort to change those statistics.
Each team was required to raise at least $100 in donations for the Go Red For Women program, and the event raised a total of $3,600. Exceeds Expectations, a team from Duanesburg (Kyle Burton, Chelsey Charpentier, Justin Dykeman and Stephanie Seigel), led the way with $476. The Flakes, also from Duanesburg, turned in $453.
The Defibrillators, of Guilderland, were made up of Kevin Butler, J.P. MacFartlan, Frank Tralongo and Mike Tralongo. They finished more than 300 runs ahead of the next team.
The American Heart Association’s Capital Region Go Red For Women events are made possible by the generosity of the following sponsors: National Sponsors Macy’s and Pfizer; Daily Newspaper Sponsor the Albany Times Union; Television Sponsor WNYT; and Radio Sponsors 94 Rock and 93.7 The New Eagle. KeyBank also is a supporter of Go Red For Women.