Hello friends and family!
This coming June I turn 50 years old. As many of you know, running has been a big part of my life, and to celebrate my birthday I have decided to compete in the VT 100, a 100 mile race in Vermont. While I will spend the next 6 months training for this event, with many 100 mile weeks, and likely too much complaining, I am so incredibly fortunate to both have amazingly supportive family and friends to support me, and physically be able to get out everyday and run. Sadly, this is not true for everybody. There are people out there for whom just getting out to walk can be a challenge. People who need a little extra assistance to meet the challenge that brings health, fun and passion to their lives. The VT 100 race is put on to raise money for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, an amazing organization that provides sports and recreational programs as well as wellness and environmental retreats to people with disabilities. Their programs are offered to people of all ages, with a variety of disabilities. Programs include skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and Nordic in the winter; and sailing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, cycling, rock climbing, horseback riding, and more in the warmer months.
There is a fun video that shows what's involved in training for and then running a 100 mile race. I'm not sure whether this scares or inspires me more, but I'm excited for the journey: How to run a 100 mile race.
In lieu of any gifts, cash, food or 70's disco outfits that you may have been planning to give me as a birthday gift, please instead donate what you can to help me reach my goal and help Vermont Adaptive meet their goal too!
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.