Kelly Brush Century Ride Raises $250K for SCI Prevention

Kelly Brush Century Ride 2012

Led by Kelly Brush, handcyclists start the Kelly Brush Century Ride Powered by VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations in Middlebury on September 8. The seventh annual ride through the Champlain Valley drew more than 700 riders and volunteers, including 24 adaptive athletes using handcycles. Photo by Rajan Chawla Photography

The seventh annual Kelly Brush Century Ride raised $250.000 to support spinal cord prevention and ski racing safety. A total of 625 cyclists including 24 adaptive athletes joined the race in Vermont, and more than 100 volunteers provided support.

“We’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to the cyclists who pedaled for spinal cord injury prevention and the army of volunteers who made the ride happen,” said Kelly Brush Foundation President Charlie Brush. “Every single cyclist who participates in the ride plays an essential role in meeting our mission. With each piece of adaptive equipment the foundation underwrites for an adaptive athlete and each roll of safety netting the foundation helps a ski club procure, we are making a significant difference.”

Middlebury College Ski Team started the ride to raise money to buy an adaptive mono-ski for team member Kelly Brush, who was paralyzed as the result of a ski racing crash. Brush and her family later founded a nonprofit organization and opened the ride to the public.

The Kelly Brush Century Ride is sponsored by VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, Shearer Audi, Sugarbush Resort, KeyBank, Saatchi & Saatchi, World Cup Supply and others.

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