Hi everyone - Hopefully with a bit of luck and a lot of hard work I will hit the starting line of the Vermont 100 once again.
As many of you know I have been fundraising for Vermont Adaptive & Ski Sports for the last few years and I'm humbled to put my hand out again on behalf of a great organization that helps countless others. For those that don’t know what VA does and the people it supports, there’s info at the bottom of this post. In a quick nutshell – here’s why I’m involved:
About a dozen years ago I was on a road to nowhere and I was traveling fast. Even though I had what looked like an enviable life – wife, kid, car, house, job – I was spiritually dead inside and really was locked and loaded in a lifestyle that was not sustainable. I was either going to go in another direction or I was going to die. It’s really that black and white. I was saved by others who would love me back to health – family and friends and new friends – who had travelled a similar path.
Somewhere along this journey I began to run for reasons which are too many to list here. What matters most is what running gave me and the places it’s taken me – literally and figuratively. It’s blessed me with some tools that help me on a daily basis in all my affairs.
Flash forward to my first VT 100. Besides being surrounded by a beautiful community of trail runners, I met some special people that were from Vermont Adaptive. People that didn’t know me from a hole in the wall that took time and effort to keep me moving through some very dark moments…where that voice I was working hard to quell was back in my head telling me I couldn’t do it; that I had no value; that I was worthless; and on and on.
I made it through that first race. And to be honest I was hoping my brain and body would say “OK. That’s enough!” Fortunately that has not happened yet. Matter of fact, quite the opposite occurred. I wanted more. (Strange. So unlike me.) But the next time, and the time after that, I would put my legs to good use to help others. And my journey with VA began.
So if you can give a little to help out, I’m grateful. And if all you can give are caring thoughts and warm wishes – that works as well.
Thanks again for supporting me on this journey. And if you are curious to know more of my story or you identify with any, or maybe a loved one is going through some similar things – drop me a private note. I’d be more than happy to share my experience strength and hope.
Here’s some info on Vermont Adaptive:
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that empowers people of all disabilities through inclusive sports and recreational programming regardless of ability to pay. In addition to sports, year round programming options integrate environmental, holistic wellness, and competitive training philosophies for people of all ages with cognitive, developmental, physical and emotional/behavioral disabilities. The organization believes sports and recreation provide a physical, mental and social experience that is immeasurable in promoting self-confidence and independence in an individual.
With nearly 400 active volunteer instructors, plus generous partners and sponsors, and an amazing base of clients and friends, Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports has been at the forefront of sports and recreation for those with disabilities in New England for over 30 years. Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports is committed to empowering individuals with disabilities. We promote independence and further equality through access and instruction to sports and recreational activities.
The VT 100 is one of Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports biggest fund raisers every year. For more information about Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports: www.vermontadaptive.org.