After two years of being forced to host its annual event virtually due to the pandemic, Vermont Adaptive’s Charity Challenge will return as an in-person fundraising occasion next month at Killington Mountain Resort.
The event, now in its 12th year, has historically drawn hundreds of people to raise money for adaptive sports programs and athletes at Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, a nationally-recognized nonprofit that provides sports and recreational programs throughout Vermont to people with disabilities.
This year’s goal is to raise $300,000.
“We are excited to finally be back together as a community for our largest fundraising event of the year,” Erin Fernandez, executive director of Vermont Adaptive, said. “We still have a virtual option for those who want to participate but can’t make it on the June 18, but we think folks are ready to be together again, outside, enjoying recreation in the Green Mountains while supporting adaptive sports accessibility and programs.”
The event, which began as a century ride (100 kilometers or more) in 2011, has evolved into 100-, 60- and 20-mile road routes for cyclists, plus mountain biking, paddling, hiking, and gravel-grinder options. This year, more than 20 cyclists with disabilities, plus their assistants and guides, will join an additional 500 registrants.
“We changed up the road routes and mountain biking options a bit and added paddling, hiking, and a gravel grind,” Fernandez said. “No matter what you choose as an adventure, you’ll be active in the morning then be able to relax at the festival in the afternoon. We can’t wait to see everyone again.”
The afternoon festival is open to the public beginning at noon featuring live music with Jamie’s Junk Show, food trucks, and kids’ activities with Killington Parks and Rec. Registration is $50 and includes participation in the morning adventure of choice, aid stations on the cycling routes, and entrance to the festival. Those who raise the minimum $150 requirement will receive a special Appreciation Package and the first 500 people to reach that threshold receive a Killington lift ticket valid for the 2022-2023 winter season or 2022 summer season.
For those not participating in the morning, party-only tickets may be pre-purchased online or at the door for $10. The event is held rain or shine.
To register (either in-person or virtually), visit charityride.vermontadaptive.org.