WARREN, Vermont ??вЂќ Some of the best disabled athletes in the Northeast will be at Sugarbush Resort this weekend to compete in the mountain’s second annual Diana Golden Adaptive Ski Race. This Saturday’s event, hosted by Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports and Sugarbush, is part of a six-race series that wraps-up on March 13th in New Hampshire. It will be the only disabled-athlete race held in Vermont.
The Diana Golden Race series, established three years ago through Disabled Sports USA, was created by adaptive programs throughout the Northeast and is designed to introduce physically disabled athletes to alpine racing competition in a fun, supportive environment. The Series is also a feeder program for the United States’ Disabled Alpine Team.
???This race is great,” remarked Danielle Hampton, head coach of the Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sport team. ???It draws competitors from New Hampshire, Maine and New York and is open to any person with a disability. Participants don’t need previous experience; they just need a desire to have fun and go fast.”
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports has been competing in the Series for years, amassing medals from races throughout New England. VASS is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing year-round sports and recreational opportunities to individuals with disabilities throughout Vermont. The Vermont Adaptive Alpine Ski Team trains on weekends from December till March under the Direction of Head Coach, Danielle Hampton, Director of Rehabilitation at Central Vermont Hospital in Berlin. For more information on the Alpine Ski Team or Vermont Adaptive programs check the website at www.vermontadaptvie.org or call 802-583-4283
Check-in for this Saturday’s race will be from 7:30-9 AM in the race tent at the base of Mount Ellen and there is no same-day registration after 8:30 AM. The $45 entry fee includes a lift pass and lunch. Competition is scheduled to get underway at 10 AM on Mount Ellen’s Lower Crackerjack trail.
For registration information regarding this Saturday’s race contact Sue Tatem at 802_345_4041. For the latest information on Sugarbush visit www.sugarbush.com.