For those that don’t already know, the vast majority of the people that make the Black Fly Challenge happen, including the organizers, are volunteers from Indian Lake, Inlet and beyond.
The organization necessary to produce the BFC is an on-going process that never really stops. The BFC Race Committee does the planning but the race-week volunteers are the ones the execute plan.
BFC volunteers give their time every year to perform the countless duties necessary to create a successful event, including:
- Answering Emails (we get a lot of them)
- Start Staging & Safety
- Water Stations & Spotters
- BFC Radio Network
- The Finish Line Party
- Sweeper Crew
- Cleanup, and finally
- Paying the Bills (a lot of them)
Of course none of this volunteer effort would be possible without the cooperation of the towns of Indian Lake and Inlet, Hamilton County, the NY State Police, DOT and DEC. All of these partners are greatly appreciated, as are the sponsors that support the race every year. And we can’t forget the contributions of the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce and Inlet Area Business Association.
Given that so much of the race is produced by volunteer effort this may leave the question of where does the registration & merchandise revenue go. If you want to know about that check out #bfcgives.
In the end these volunteers are really giving back to their communities through the BFC and we appreciate each and every one of them. Thanks to some the best volunteers on Earth!