BURLINGTON, Vt. – The 14th annual Kelly Brush Ride powered by VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 7 in Middlebury, Vt. Online registration and fundraising are open for both the bike ride and golf events.
Participants can ride 100, 50, 20, or 10-mile routes through the scenic Champlain Valley, or play a round of golf at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course at Middlebury College. For those who can’t make it to Vermont, the foundation offers a virtual option that allows participants to take part in the fundraising ride from anywhere.
“Every year we look forward to seeing the Kelly Brush community come together to celebrate and support the foundation’s mission to inspire and empower people with spinal cord injuries to live active lives,” said Zeke Davisson, executive director of the Kelly Brush Foundation. “Last year, our supporters raised $600,000. This year our goal is $700,000.”
Last year, 900 riders participated, a record for the event. Funds raised by riders and golfers provide direct support for equipment that gets people with spinal cord injuries out enjoying the activities that enrich their lives, like skiing, basketball, cycling, and tennis. To date the foundation has awarded more than 830 grants in 47 states for adaptive equipment through its Active Fund. The ride also supports the foundation’s ski racing safety program. Each year grants are awarded to ski clubs and racing programs for improving race course safety.
VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations is proud to be the title sponsor of the Kelly Brush Ride for the eighth year in a row, said Timo Shaw, VBT president.
“The camaraderie and spirit are palpable on the day of the Kelly Brush Ride. VBT is honored to be a part of the excitement surrounding this truly inspirational event,” Shaw said.
For registration and information visit www.kellybrushfoundation.org/kellybrushride. The Kelly Brush Ride powered by VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations is made possible thanks to the generosity of many participants, volunteers and sponsors.