Cool Runnings Sled Race Brings Family Fun to the Slopes

February 27, 2015
 

by AJ Dickinson

Superheroes and snowmen were on hand for this one.  On Saturday, Feb. 21, many gathered at Benson Park on what turned out to be a beautiful winter day for the annual Cool Runnings Cardboard Sled Race.  This family-friendly fundraiser began as a way to raise money for the recently built amphitheater that was constructed as a memorial for 13-year-old Mallory Lynn Gray who, in 2009, passed away due to complications of systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and leukemia.

Now, six years and one amphitheater later, Hudson locals anticipate the fundraiser all winter long.  More than 30 sleds competed in three categories:  best theme, most creative and, of course, speed.  Sled designs ranged from snowmen and princess carriages to Batman and bananas.  Not only was the event fun to both watch and participate in but was also a way for a lot of families to get together away from the television and spend some quality time working on their homemade cardboard sleds.