I actually ran an ultra marathon before I ran a marathon! I wanted to run the New York City Marathon but couldn't get in, so to prove that I could do it, I ran an ultra. At that point I had only run up to 18 miles. I ran two ultras before finally running the New York City Marathon. I don't remember exactly how many I have done, but I have kept all of my race numbers and made a skirt out of them.
You've chosen to raise money for Vermont Adaptive as a charity runner. What drove you to make this commitment?
My father was a very giving person and I want to follow in his footsteps. He gave back to the community; that is his legacy. I raised money in my first 5k and continue to do so because of him. It makes me feel good to do something like he would do.
What is your fundraising goal?
I believe sports are for everyone and so I've reached out to friends and family to help me while I raise money. I use the letter on my fundraising page. When I got to $1000, I tried for $1500. When I got there, I tried for $2000, and now I'll try for $2500. We'll see how much I can raise!
What are your favorite aspects of the VT 100?
The whole community stops and supports the event. It is beautiful! The hills are a way to challenge myself (even if I don't like hills!).
What advice would you give to someone who is just getting started with ultra running?
Listen you your body. I encourage all people to run. I love when people who think I'm crazy and then they start and love it. The way I run may motivate someone. People tell me, "I love to see your pictures because you look so happy" and I tell them that anything I can do, you can do better.
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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.