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Wacky Raft Race

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January 8th, 2018
Team “Shark Bite” won Linden Ponds’ first wacky raft race. (From left) Executive Director Jim Centola, TV/AV Manager Liz Patton, and Director of Continuing Care Shawn Morales.

Team “Shark Bite” won Linden Ponds’ first wacky raft race. (From left) Executive Director Jim Centola, TV/AV Manager Liz Patton, and Director of Continuing Care Shawn Morales.

 

Temperatures may have cooled off in Massachusetts this fall, but residents and staff at Linden Ponds were still enjoying some fun—and a lot of laughs—at their pool, which is heated and located indoors in the community’s on-site fitness and aquatics center during the first-ever Wacky Raft Race.

In teams of three or four, participants came up with a theme, dressed up, paraded around the pool in their costumes, and then raced in their wacky rafts. Fitness Manager Mary Whidden says some of the raft themes were pirate ship and Jaws. She says she got the idea for the Wacky Raft Race from sister Erickson Living community Seabrook in New Jersey, which has hosted a similar event for several years.

“Everyone was very excited for this event this year,” Whidden says. “This is just one of the many reasons Linden Ponds is a great place to live and work.  The community comes together all the time to exercise, socialize, and have fun together.”

The fitness staff team took the prize for best-decorated raft, and the administrative staff team won the race. Whidden says many residents and employees gathered around the pool to watch the race and cheer on their favorite team. 

“It was a great time,” Whidden says. “There were many funny moments and displays of teamwork and encouragement.”

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