Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, a non-profit, volunteer based program which provides recreational and competitive athletic opportunities, instruction and equipment to people with disabilities.
As a long time volunteer ski instructor I can tell you first hand what a huge difference it makes to have the funding to be able to purchase quality equipment and be able to offer lessons on a sliding scale to those who might not otherwise be able to afford a lesson. Just as the VT 100 runners are about to embark on an athletic and deeply personal adventure, the feeling of freedom that is felt when someone experiences skiing, horse back riding, boating or rock climbing can change an outlook or even a life.
Again, Thank you to every runner, crew member, volunteer and spectator for helping Vermont Adaptive do such good work!
I would also like to welcome and thank our sponsors who provided services, funds and items for prizes or raffle. This year, Salomon, Vermont Pure/Crystal Rock, VTel, Atayne, Petzl, Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health center and Health Warrior Chia. Please help me thank them by checking them out on line!
Another welcome and thank you from me goes out to the 200+ volunteers who make this event possible! They have been clearing and marking the trials for weeks now and will be out there manning the aid stations on Saturday and Sunday and then cleaning up for days after that!
This year we’re lucky enough to also have stations adopted by The Shenipsit Striders, the Upper Valley Running Club, the Western Mass Distance Project, and the Maine Trail Monsters. I am really looking forward to hearing about how these awesome clubs brought their brand of flare to the aid stations!
My amazing husband who is god knows where right now finishing something for me and will be out there setting up, restocking and cleaning up aid stations all day and night tomorrow. My mother, who is at home right now tending to our farm so that we can be here.
And to my amazing mother, brother and aunt in-law who are here chasing my biggest distraction (Izzy) around the event. THANK YOU ALL!!!
It has been an honor to direct the Vermont 100 for the past 4 years and I’m glad to be here for this, my 5th. I have really gotten to see the love that comes with organizing a volunteer event. To have been able to meet the thousands of people, runners, crews, volunteers, families, landowners, and everyone else who has been touched by this event over the past decade has been truly an amazing experience. It hasn’t always been an easy job, but I have loved it all. Thank you for letting me be your Race Director.
Julia Hutchinson O’Brien
VT 100 Race Director
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