About the Vermont 50
The Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra Run was started in 1993 by Laura Farrell (see left in blue jacket) and just a hand full of runners. It has since grown to over 1300 Mountain Bikers and Ultra Runners. Folks gather last weekend of September at Mount Ascutney located in West Windsor, Vermont. All benefits go to Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports which was also founded by Laura. Vermont adaptive is a wonderful place where youth and adults with disabilities gain a measure of self confidence and independence by participating in adaptive sports programs and activities year-round.
There is something for everyone; the 50 mile Mountain Bike Race, the 50 mile Ultra Run, the 50K Run, the Team Relay and the Kids Fun Run. Spots fill-up quickly so early registration is a must!
Saturday is Family Day!
Hay Bale Treasure Hunt
We will be bringing back the Treasure Hunt following the Kid’s Race so have the little ones bring sand pails to collect their treasures!
Hay Bale Treasure Hunt 4 p.m. (Weather Permitting)
Hay Piles for each of these age groups:
0-3 years old
4-6 years old
7-10 years old
Cheryl The Clown
A non-profit organization dedicated to providing sports and recreation to individuals with disabilities. What is now Vermont Adaptive was founded in 1986 as the Vermont Handicapped Ski Foundation by Laura Farrell; a program to teach people with disabilities the joy of downhill and cross-country skiing. At that time, the program consisted of 1 full-time director and about 20 volunteers from the Brownsville, Vermont area. Ascutney Mt Resort provided some office space and lift tickets to get us started, and their ski school gave hand-me-down ski instructor jackets so that volunteers were easily identified on the slopes. An office of the State of Vermont awarded us a small grant to purchase our first adaptive ski equipment. The following year our base of students grew tremendously as word spread that a new ski program had opened up. Thankfully, our volunteer base grew as well, though it still seemed like we taught an incredible number of lessons with the people we had.
Expanding our Focus
After our third year, we started a pilot skiing program at Sugarbush Resort, which has grown slowly and carefully over the years. That summer, to bring new fun to people with disabilities, we started an adaptive horseback-riding program, which was met with great success. The following summer, Vermont Adaptive launched an adaptive canoeing program. It was then we realized that we needed to change our name, to reflect that we did more than skiing. Hence, Vermont Handicapped Ski & Sports Association.
Changing our Base
In the summer of 1999, Vermont Adaptive moved its administrative center from Ascutney Mt. Resort to Pico Mt. at Killington. This was done to centralize the office among our program sites throughout Vermont. That fall, Vermont Adaptive moved its Ascutney Mt. Resort program site to Pico Mt. at Killington, because we realized that we could not afford to staff three separate ski programs. The horseback riding and summer activities, including the ultra marathon fundraisers held around the Ascutney area, will still be held in those locations.
Our Ongoing Commitment
Vermont Adaptive has an ongoing commitment to providing sports and recreational programs. These programs have included skiing, aquatics, horseback riding, canoeing, camping, water skiing, tennis, and New Horizons Horseback Riding Camp. During the winter, we offer the most comprehensive adaptive skier program in the eastern United States. Our programs help to integrate persons with disabilities into the mainstream of society.
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports was founded to provide opportunities for recreation for individuals with disabilities. While recreation is the focus of all Vermont Adaptive programs, there are many inherently therapeutic benefits for our participants. Vermont Adaptive encourages independence, self-confidence, and self-esteem by providing a fun and exciting experience that is geared toward each participant’s individual goals and expectations. Each exemplifies our motto:
“If I can do this, I can do anything!”
Vermont Adaptive, the race net proceed benefactor, is a non-profit that provides sports opportunities to individuals with disabilities, and is supported greatly by donations. Visit the donors page of our website at vermontadaptive.org for more information on donating, or donate now.
Where Your Donations Go, info sheet.
NEW for 2017
We’ve set a $25,000 fundraising goal for our 25th Anniversary to show our continued support Vermont Adaptive. If you commit to raise a minimum of $500 before Sept. 12, 2017 , you can avoid race registration on May 25th and will be entered into the race by the Race Director. You must contact the Race Director, Mike before May 25, 2017 at 7 p.m. if you’d like to choose this option.