We asked them a few questions about themselves and why they chose to fund raise for Vermont Adaptive...
Meet Chip Paterson
I ran my first ultra in 2008- it was the 50k at the VT50. It was actually sort of an accident. I had biked the VT50 for a number of years and talked a few co-workers into signing up. Unfortunately I spaced out and missed the sign up myself. These co-workers weren’t very happy about that and told me I better start running because they were going to make me go and run the 50k. Up to that point the longest run I had ever been on was about 12 miles. Since then I have run a number of 50ks, 50 milers and other assorted races.
Have you run the Vermont 100 before? If yes, when?
I started in 2010 but dropped at 75 miles for no good reason. I finished VT100 in 2011 and again in 2013.
Why did you make this year’s VT 100 your goal?
I’d like to have a more confident finish, and am hopeful for sub 24-hour. I hope I didn’t just jinx myself by saying that out loud.
How is training going so far this year?
It’s going well. I feel stronger at this point than in past years I think.
You’ve chosen to raise money for Vermont Adaptive as a charity runner. What drove you to make this commitment?
I first learned of VASS when I rode my first VT50 in 2003. I am thrilled to be giving something more back to the organization this year for the opportunity to participate in the VT100 and would like to volunteer with VASS in the future.
More info about our Top Fundraisers please visit: http://vermont100endurancerun.blogspot.com/p/top-fundraisers.html
Here is a little bit about Vermont Adaptive
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing recreational and competitive sports opportunities to people with disabilities. We believe sports and recreation provide a physical, mental and social experience that is immeasurable in promoting self-confidence and independence in an individual.
With nearly 400 active volunteers instructing and helping, plus generous partners and sponsors, and an amazing base of clients and friends, Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports has been at the forefront of sports and recreation for those with disabilities in New England for more than 20 years. Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports is committed to empowering individuals with disabilities. We promote independence and further equality through access and instruction to sports and recreational activities.
The VT 100 is one of Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports biggest fund raisers every year. Without our participants, volunteers and sponsors, Vermont Adaptive would not be able to provide access to: skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, hand cycling, tandem biking, horse back riding, rock climbing, hiking, camping and other adventure weekends to their participants!
For more information about Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports: www.vermontadaptive.org.
Here are just a few ways Vermont Adaptive puts a donation to work
- $25 provides a 2 hour snowshoe or Nordic outing in the winter or a 2 hour canoe or kayak outing in the summer.
- $40 allows Vermont Adaptive to purchase a box of hand warmers for volunteer instructors and participants.
- $60 covers the cost of a ½ day of skiing or snowboarding including equipment.
- $100 covers a whole day of skiing or snowboarding in the winter or a therapeutic horse back lesson in the summer. (These allow us to provide scholarships to people who otherwise could not participate.)
- $500 allows Vermont Adaptive to purchase new helmets for one program location.
- $600 buys a new tandem bike.
- $600 buys a new kayak or canoe
- $1,000 outfits six Vermont Adaptive instructors with uniforms.
- $3,000 provides the resource to purchase a new or piece of sit down equipment such as a mono-ski or hand cycle.