10th Kelly Brush Ride fundraiser a success, raises over $350,000
ADDISON COUNTY — More than 700 riders, together with over 100 volunteers and over 1,000 supporters, raised over $350,000 (and still increasing) at the 10th Annual Kelly Brush Century Ride this past Saturday.
The annual rolling fundraiser procures money to purchase adaptive sports equipment for people with spinal cord injuries and safety equipment for alpine ski race programs.
“The weather could not have been better, the enthusiasm higher nor the inspiration more palpable than out on the roads of beautiful Addison and Chittenden counties,” race organizers said on the Kelly Brush Foundation website.
The riders cruised through gently rolling terrain with views of the Green Mountains to the east and Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains to the west over several distance options: 25, 50 or 100 miles, with cutoff options of 65 or 85 miles.
Riders and teams of riders competed to raise the most money. As of this weekend (before all the money was tallied up) the top fundraising team was Green Mountain Valley School ($33,880), and the top individual was Rick Makin ($9,300).
The ride was started by the Middlebury College Ski Team in 2006 as a way to buy an adaptive monoski and handcycle for team member Kelly Brush Davisson, who was paralyzed as the result of a ski racing crash. The next year the ride was opened to the public, with proceeds used to support the foundation’s mission.
HANDCYCLISTS LEAD BY Kelly Brush Davisson head out on the 10th Annual Kelly Brush Century Ride powered by VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations on Saturday at Middlebury College. / Photo by Caleb Kenna