Monies raised support people with
KILLINGTON - More than 600 people enjoyed a day either cycling
through the Green Mountains, hanging out with friends and family -
or both - in an effort to raise money and awareness for adaptive
sports at the third annual Long Trail Century Ride to benefit
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports on Saturday, June 22. Cyclists and
sponsors raised $75,000 for Vermont Adaptive, which will be used
for programming and expensive adaptive sports equipment. The event
raised $40,000 in 2012.
"I don't even know where to start with the thank yous," said
Erin Fernandez, executive director at Vermont Adaptive. "I met so
many new people this weekend. I made new friends. Everyone had
great intentions. Everyone wanted to help. An amazing community of
people surrounded us on Saturday. It was an incredible day."
The ride began at 7 a.m. for century riders, followed by a
60-mile ride at 9 a.m. and a 20-mile ride, which included adaptive
riders and guides, at 12-noon. Long Trail Brewery in Bridgewater
Corners was the venue for the après-ride party, complete with live
music by Jim Gilmour and Duane Carleton, a BBQ, face painting with
Moira McKenzie, a magic show with Tom Joyce, and kids activities.
The Lookout Tavern in Killington catered the party and others
donated food, including Reinhardt Foods, Upper Valley Produce,
Black River Produce, the Deli at Killington Corners, the Phat
Italian, and the Woodstock Farmer's Market.
After what came together in less than six weeks in 2011 for its
inaugural ride, thanks to the inspiration of Phil Black owner of
The Lookout Tavern, the Long Trail Century Ride has become one of
Vermont Adaptive's premier annual fundraising events.
"We believe sports and recreation provide a physical, mental and
social experience that is immeasurable in promoting self-confidence
and independence in an individual," said Fernandez. "We extend an
enormous thanks to Phil for starting this ride for us and to Long
Trail and also to Killington Resort, who help in supporting an
event of this caliber. Everyone in the community has been very
supportive of our efforts, and the ride will help us to underwrite
some of the costs of our adaptive programs and allow more people
with disabilities to participate."
For more info visit www.longtrailcenturyride.com. The date for
the 4th annual ride will be announced shortly.
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports is the largest year-round
disabled sports non-profit organization in Vermont offering the
most diverse program opportunities and unique, specialized
equipment. The organization promotes independence and further
equality through access and instruction to sports and recreational
opportunities including alpine skiing, snowboarding, and other
winter sports; kayaking, canoeing, sailing, rock climbing,
horseback riding, and more. More than 400 volunteers serve clients
from all over the world in three locations in Vermont - Pico
Mountain at Killington; Sugarbush Resort in Warren; and Bolton
Valley Resort in Bolton. For more information, visit
Photo by Barb Wood