Prouty Fact Sheet


What:         The Prouty is a collection of cancer fundraising athletic events that benefit Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC), a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center

How Did It Start:      Audrey Prouty lost her nine-year battle with ovarian cancer in August 1982. Four of her nurses – Patty Carney, Cindy Spicer, Heather (Adams) Klassen, and Catherine (Hallisey) Shannon – inspired by her courage, committed to cycling 100 miles through the White Mountains of New Hampshire to raise money and awareness for cancer research.  That first ride raised $4,000.

Ways to Participate:

                          The Prouty

  • Cycle – 20, 35, 50, 77, 100 mile routes
  • Ultimate – 2-day, 200-mile ride
  • Walk – 3, 5, 10, 15, 20K routes both residential and wooded
  • Row – 5, 10, 15, 20 miles up and back on the Upper Connecticut River
  • Golf – 18 holes at the Hanover Country Club

The Prouty Ultimate – a 2-day, 200 mile cycling event starting in Manchester, NH on Friday, July 10 and in Hanover, on Saturday, July 11, 2015

When:              Always the second Saturday in July. The 34th Annual Prouty is set for July 10 and 11, 2015

Where:             Hanover, New Hampshire and environs (Saturday) – home of Dartmouth College and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.  The town of 10,000 hosts more than 5,000 participants, 1300 volunteers  for The Prouty.

                          Manchester, New Hampshire (Friday) – St. Anselm College start location

How Many:     The Prouty attracts more than 5,000 particpants, 1300 volunteers and 130 corporate sponsors

How Much?    In 1982, the nurses raised $4,000.  In 2014, The Prouty raised more than $3 Million for cancer research and patient services, surpassing $23 Million raised over the life of the event.

Who:                The Prouty is the signature event of The Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center whose mission is to raise money and awareness for this nationally recognized cancer facility. NCCC has 17 locations throughout New Hampshire and Vermont to reach patients close to home. It is one of only 41 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the country.

Why?                Nearly 87 cents of every dollar goes to support cancer research and patient services at NCCC. As founder Patty Carney says: “Everyone knows an Audrey Prouty.”