The 16th edition of the Kelly Brush Ride rolls on September 11
A handcyclist and cyclists along the route in the 14e Kelly Brush Annual Tour powered by VBT Bicycling Vacations on September 7, 2019. The annual tour, which took place virtually in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, returns on September 11, 2021 in Middlebury, Vermont. In 2019, the ride drew 940 cyclists and 27 handcyclists from 20 states. The event raised more than $ 700,000 for adapted sports and ski racing safety. Image courtesy of Kelly Brush Foundation.
RIDE RAISES FUNDS FOR ADAPTED SPORTS
Vermont Business Magazine More than 900 cyclists are expected in the 16e Annual Kelly Brush Ride powered by VBT Bicycling Vacations on September 11 in Middlebury, Vermont. The longer routes of the trip loop through Charlotte.
The Ride is the Kelly Brush Foundation’s largest annual fundraising event focused on the foundation’s mission to improve the lives of people with spinal cord injuries through sport and recreation.
“After moving the ride to a virtual event last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re excited to be back to arrange a ride in person. The positive energy and camaraderie around hiking with hand cyclists and cyclists coming together to raise funds for adapted sports is such a big part of the day, ”said CEO Edie Perkins.
Runners on the 100 and 85 mile routes will cross Charlotte first heading north on Mount Philo Road where 100 mile runners will turn east on Hinesburg Road and 85 mile runners will head north west on Hinesburg Road crossing US Route 7 on Ferry Road and turn south on Greenbush Road.
Riders on the 100 mile route will head to Shelburne on Spear Street and return to Charlotte on Greenbush Road turning west on Lake Street, east on Ferry Road and south on Greenbush Road to return to Middlebury . In total, around 500 runners are expected to complete the 100 or 85 mile loops.
All runners and visitors to the Middlebury College campus, where the ride begins and ends, must be fully immunized, unless they have a valid medical or religious exemption, and wear face coverings indoors .
For those who cannot make it to Vermont, the hike will continue to have a virtual component with fundraising activities and challenges and weekly prizes that supporters can participate in through Strava, a social networking service designed for the cycling.
In 2019, the event attracted over 900 runners and raised over $ 700,000 to provide direct support for equipment that allows people with spinal cord injuries to enjoy life-enriching activities, such as skiing, basketball, cycling and tennis. To date, the foundation has awarded more than 1,172 grants in 48 states for suitable equipment through its active fund. The arena also supports the foundation’s ski racing safety program. Each year, grants are given to ski clubs and racing programs to improve the safety of the racetracks.
“VBT is proud to be the title sponsor of the Kelly Brush Ride for a decade in a row,” said Timo Shaw, President of VBT Bicycling Vacations. “We look forward to celebrating this inspiring event in person again. “
To register and get information, visit: https://kellybrushfoundation.org/kellybrushride/
The Kelly Brush Ride powered by VBT Bicycling Vacations is made possible by the generosity of many participants, volunteers and sponsors including: VBT Bicycling Vacations, Sugarbush Resort, Murphy Realty Company, LLC, Audi South Burlington, Ross-Simons Jewelry, World Cup Supply, Gravel & Shea PC, NBT Bank, Nokian Tires, People’s United Bank, Vermont Mortgage Company, our Middlebury Ski Team Hosts and other generous sponsors.
About Kelly Brush Foundation
The Kelly Brush Foundation is a vibrant and growing nonprofit based in Burlington, Vt., Inspiring and empowering people with spinal cord injuries to be active and work closely with the community of alpine ski races to improve safety. The Kelly Brush Foundation was founded in 2006 by Kelly and her family after Kelly suffered a spinal cord injury during an NCAA alpine ski race. To date, the Kelly Brush Foundation has awarded more than 1,172 adaptive equipment grants to people in 48 states.
Source: BURLINGTON, Vermont (September 1, 2021) —Kelly Brush Foundation