STRIDE Great Race, Adaptive Ski Race Where Dreams Do Come True!
(Hancock, MA) STRIDE is proud to announce that nearly 50 ski racers with disabilities or special needs from the Northeast region will compete in their 24th Annual “Great Race, A Diana Golden Mills Cup Level Adaptive Race” Saturday morning, March 16th, at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in Hancock, MA. This heartwarming event is a day of monumental achievements that are realized on the race course in front of the Crane lodge. This event is open to all adaptive skiers of any age, skill level and disability. Our events are targeted for youth and young adults to experience the adrenaline and thrill of competition on trails, but attract many adults as well; including Wounded Warriors who STRIDE has a 14 year history of serving.
The race has divisions for the Visually Impaired, Blind, Cognitive disabilities, amputees, mobility impaired who use outriggers, seated skiers (wheelchair users), and snowboarders with special needs. STRIDE believes in offering opportunities to compete to anyone challenged with a disability. The participant’s skill levels vary and the course accommodates to all. Many of the students with disabilities have trained all season with STRIDE’s dedicated staff of volunteer ski instructors to reach the starting gate on race day—a day that celebrates individual victories and epic successes. The race starts at 9:00 am.
“Stride’s team is very excited for another opportunity to conquer the Jiminy Peak Mountain and to beat the competition year” said Coach Clif Mark.
Due to an impending snowstorm, the West Mountain Regional New York Special Olympics have been cancelled and make up dates have not yet been announced. While this can be seen as an inconvenience it provides the athletes an opportunity to get a similar skiing experience.
STRIDE’s annual race serves as a small fundraiser for the organization through the sale of 50/50 raffle tickets, and includes a BBQ lunch open to the public, which has been donated by Hannaford Distribution Center, FritoLay and Freihofer companies and will be served by Brunswick Boy Scout Troop #537. 50/50 Raffle tickets will be available at the event.
Celebrating 30 years of service to the community, STRIDE Adaptive Sports is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides over 11,000 adaptive sport and recreation lessons each year to individuals with disabilities, focusing on youth and Wounded Warriors. With office headquarters in New York’s Capital Region, STRIDE offers programs in over 18 different sports to more than 2,000 families at 25+ regional locations each year. With an emphasis on individual lifetime sports, STRIDE programs use specialized equipment or teaching aids for successful participation to “level the playing field” for all. STRIDE is a partner member of Disabled Sports and Professional Ski Instructors of America, a US Paralympic Sport Club, a training club for New York Special Olympics, and an official Red Cross provider. STRIDE is recognized as one of the leading adaptive sport programs in the Northeastern United States.