KILLINGTON—Despite steady, heavy rains on Saturday, June 23, more than 600 cyclists took to Vermont’s scenic roads to pedal for a cause, raising $280,000 for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports’ year-round programs for people with disabilities. Held annually the Saturday after Father’s Day, the 8th annual Long Trail Charity Ride to Benefit Vermont Adaptive included a Century, 60-, 40- 20- and 5K routes, plus a mountain bike session at Killington Resort.
The organization’s goal is to raise $300,000 from cyclists’ fundraising efforts, sponsors and supporters. Donations are still being accepted in order to reach that goal.
Fifty-plus adaptive athletes and their guides and assists participated this year, yielding the largest adaptive field for the event to date. Participants for the ride hail from all over New England and the mid-West, and many riders are repeat participants year after year.
The charity ride supports the organization’s annual operating budget, participant scholarships, lessons, expensive adaptive equipment, and more.
“What amazed me most about the event this year, is that despite the steady, heavy rain, everyone continued to pedal and then enjoy the BBQ and post-ride festival with a smile,” said Erin Fernandez, Vermont Adaptive’s executive director. “It was the same community-filled vibe as in years past. People shared stories, supported each other and enjoyed a day of friendship and cycling while giving back. We give a huge thanks to all who participated, to the sponsors and vendors that supported the event, to Killington Resort for their incredible partnership, and to our title sponsor, Long Trail Brewing, for joining us for the seventh year as the lead sponsor. We’re excited to see what we can do in 2019.”
Grateful Dead and Allman Brothers-inspired Steal Your Peach, plus Duppy Conquerors, an eight-piece Bob Marley tribute band, played at the after-ride party. Vendors, a full BBQ, silent auction, and kids’ activities rounded out the festivities.