Supporting Adaptive Sports
The Vermont Adaptive Charity Challenge is an annual event to enjoy the beauty of Vermont through cycling and mountain biking all while raising funds for the state’s largest nonprofit organization committed to providing sports and recreation to people with disabilities.
What began as the 1st Annual Lookout Century Ride in 2011, in order to raise money for Vermont Adaptive, has grown into Vermont Adaptive’s largest annual fundraising event. Little did Phil and Joy Black know (owners of the Lookout Tavern) that their crazy idea to put on a century ride would expand into such an event.
Multiple road bike ride routes now loop through the towns of Killington, Pittsfield, Bethel, Barnard, Woodstock, Ludlow, Bridgewater, and Plymouth, Vermont. Quaint villages, the scenery of Route 100 and U.S. Route 4, the Crossroad of Vermont Byway, the seventh of its kind recently designated by the Vermont Transportation Board are incorporated into the routes. In addition, you can choose to mountain bike, hike or paddle instead of road cycling, then join in for the festival in the afternoon.
The monies raised from this event support the adaptive programs and athletes of Vermont Adaptive year-round. It is also used toward scholarships – Vermont Adaptive never turns anyone away based on their ability to pay.
With many business and individuals getting involved over the years, the event raises upwards of $300,000 for the organization and has become a critical part of the annual budget. New ideas come and go for the event but one thing remains the same – this is an annual event not to be missed!