Representatives from the Norumbega Trail Riders presented Zoll Defibrillators to the Lisbon Life Squad leader Jody Gagnon and representatives from the Town of Lyman. For the past 30 years, The Norumbega Trail Riders have hosted a NETRA (New England Trail Riders Association) sanctioned event each fall called The Ammonoosuc River Turkey Run. The club has been active since 1973 and is a charter member of NETRA, an organization with approximately 3,000 members across the six New England States and New York.
The Turkey Run starts at the North Haverhill Fair Grounds and passes through the towns of Haverhill, Swiftwater, Landaff, Lisbon, Lyman, Monroe and Bath, New Hampshire as well as Wells River and Newbury, Vt., on a 95 mile journey. In addition to being sanctioned by NETRA, the event is granted a permit from the State of New Hampshire and is policed by the Grafton County Sherriff's Department and the Haverhill Police. The course uses a combination of class 4 and class 6 unmaintained roads, town roads and private land. All vehicles are registered for street use and riders from across New England, New York, New Jersey and Canada participate.
To show their appreciation to the communities and private land owners that allow the Norumbega Trail Riders to use the land, the nonprofit club has used proceeds for the ride to give back to the communities. Over the years more than $70,600 in gifts and donations have been awarded to local communities, 4-H clubs, VFW, Life Squads, Senior Centers, Jimmy Fund, shelters, food pantries, Special Needs for Children, Santa funds, scholarship funds, historical building renovations, covered bridge restorations, schools, and even a town gazebo.
In 2003, ZOLL Medical Corporation in Chelmsford, Mass., and the Norumbega Trail Riders entered into an agreement that allows the purchase of ZOLL Automated External Defibrillators (AED's) to be donated to local communities hosting the ride. To date a total of 24 AED's have been donated to the communities that host the ride. In addition to the Lisbon Life Squad and the Town of Lyman, other New Hampshire Ammonoosuc Valley recipients have been: Lisbon Regional School Athletic Department, Landaff Fire Department, Lisbon Police Department, Woodsville Elementary School, Town of Bath, Mountain Lakes Recreation Department, Haverhill Police Department, Grafton County Sherriff's Department Emergency Response Team and Sugar Hill Police Department.