We asked them a few questions about themselves and why they chose to fund raise for Vermont Adaptive...
Meet Adolfo Munguia Castilla
I have been running ultra’s for a couple years. I have attempted and finished 6 ultra’s: Cayuga Trails 50 mile, Finger Lakes 50 mile, GLER 100k, NYRR 60k (twice), and the North Face Endurance Challenge at Bear Mt. in NY. Hopefully it’s the beginning of many years and races ahead of me.
Why did you make this year’s VT 100 your goal?
It was relatively close to get to, I have heard many great things about the race, and it’s in the summer time. Also, in terms of dreams, it a qualifier for the Western States…
How is training going so far this year?
It’s been strange. I got a part in Creative Time’s art project in Central Park, and every weekend was pretending to be Dustin Hoffman in The Marathon Man from 12-6. Got a lot of miles in, but pretty flat.
What are your favorite and least favorite aspects to a 100 miler?
Ask me after the race… this is my first time attempting 100 miles!
What advice would you give to someone who is just getting started with ultra running?
Have fun. Don’t think, just run. At some point you’re going to finish, don’t worry about it. It’s just a few hours of your life.
What is your favorite memory/experience from an ultramarathon?
So many. Every race is a great experience with crazy adventures attached. But probably Cayuga Trails 50 – because it was my first race, first time ever on a trail, in a mountain, and I had no idea about the vertical map of the race. Everything was a beautiful difficult surprise.
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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.