Starline Rhythm Boys and Duppy Conquerors To Take the Stage at the 9th Annual Vermont Adaptive Charity Ride presented by Long Trail Brewing; Fundraiser to Raise $300,000 for Adaptive Sports and Recreation
KILLINGTON, Vt. — The 9th Annual Vermont Adaptive Charity Ride presented by Long Trail Brewing (formerly known as the Long Trail Century Ride to benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports), returns to the Killington region Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23. Starline Rhythm Boys, plus Duppy Conquerors, an eight-piece Bob Marley tribute band, are scheduled to play for the after-ride party. The goal is to raise more than $300,000 for adaptive sports and recreation at this annual fundraising event.
In addition to event classic road routes that include the Cabot 100-, 60-, 40-, and 20-mile rides, mountain bikers now can join the cause at Sunday's downhill timed session at the Killington Bike Park at Killington Resort.
More than 40 cyclists with disabilities plus their assistants and guides, as well as up to 700 cyclists and mountain bikers are expected to turn out for the 9th Annual Vermont Adaptive Charity Ride. The event raised nearly $300,000 last year, which supports the organization’s annual operating budget, participant scholarships, lessons, expensive adaptive equipment, and more.
Riders from around New England and East of the Mississippi are expected to participate in this year’s event. All ride routes including a family-friendly 5K bike ride, start and end at Long Trail Brewery in Bridgewater Corners (except the mountain bike session, which is at Killington Resort). An after-ride festival with live music is open to the public beginning at noon for all to enjoy—riders and spectators alike—featuring live music, face painting, kids activities, a vendor village, silent auction, adaptive equipment demos, and more. For those not riding, party-only tickets may be purchased at the door. The event is held rain or shine.
Those who register by June 1 will receive a Killington ticket voucher, valid for one day of skiing during the 2019-2020 season OR mountain biking during Summer 2019 (non-peak dates only; expires 5/30/2020).
Cyclists check-in Friday night at a pre-ride party at Killington Resort, and rides begin at 7 a.m. on Saturday from the brewery on Route 4. Rider registration is $70 and includes an event wicking t-shirt, entry to the après-ride party complete with food and entertainment, plus a commemorative pint glass. Registration fees increase June 1. The Après-Ride Party is open to the public and admission at the door is $20/adults and $10/kids on Saturday beginning at noon. Each rider is responsible for a minimum $125 fundraising requirement.
This year’s sponsors to date include: Long Trail Brewing Co., Killington Resort, Lookout Tavern, Mt. Ascutney Hospital, the Killington Pico Areas Association, Farrell Distributing, Ski Vermont, Darn Tough, Cabot Cheese, Nokian Tyres, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, Garneau, University of Vermont Health Network, AARP Vermont, Killington Mountain Bike Club, Till I Die, Outside TV, Teton Gravity Research, Bag Balm, Outdoor Gear Exchange, Bern, and many in-kind donations.
Registration, pricing, information, and more can be found at charityride.vermontadaptive.org.
About Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports is a nationally recognized organization that empowers people of all abilities 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 disabilities. Sports and recreational opportunities include alpine skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports; kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, sailing, rock climbing, horseback riding, and more. More than 400 volunteers serve clients from all over the world at three winter locations in Vermont - Pico Mountain at Killington; Sugarbush Resort in Warren; and Bolton Valley Resort in Bolton, as well as statewide during the summer and warmer months. For more information, visit www.vermontadaptive.org.
About Long Trail Brewing
The Long Trail Brewing Company is located in Bridgewater Corners, Vt. and has been producing an exceptional family of fine ales since 1989. Today, as the leading handcrafted beer in Vermont, Long Trail has demonstrated it fills a niche in the market for quality craft beer. Located in the heart of the Green Mountains, Long Trail takes the words “environmentally conscious” seriously and lives that eco-minded philosophy every day at the brewery. Long Trail’s facility is truly unique, as it was designed to minimize the impact on our environment and was recognized in 2009 by receiving the Vermont Governor’s Award in Environmental Excellence for resource conservation. Also, Vermont’s Green Mountain Environment Association has named the water produced by the brewery’s artisan wells as “Vermont’s best drinking water.” For more information, visit www.longtrail.com.