Long Trail Century Ride To Benefit Local Sports Program
After coming together in less than six weeks in 2011 for its inaugural ride thanks to the inspiration of Lookout Tavern owner Phil Black, the second annual Long Trail Century Ride to benefit Vermont Adaptive will be held on Saturday, June 23. Up to 500 riders are expected to participate in the fundraising event. An après-ride party, featuring the music of the Pete Kilpatrick Band, will be held after the ride at the brewery.
The century ride, plus 50- and 20-mile routes, will start and end at the Long Trail Brewery in Bridgewater Corners. The routes will travel through Killington and surrounding communities including Irene-survived Pittsfield, Stockbridge, Bethel, Woodstock, and Ludlow.
“We believe sports and recreation provide a physical, mental and social experience that is immeasurable in promoting self-confidence and independence in an individual,” said Erin Fernandez, executive director of Vermont Adaptive. “We extend an enormous thanks to Phil for starting this ride last year and to Long Trail and also to Killington Resort, who have stepped in this year to take this event to the next level. Everyone in the community has been very supportive of our efforts, and the ride will help us to underwrite some of the costs of our adaptive programs and allow more people with disabilities to participate.”
The recreational rides 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.
All riders and volunteers receive entry to the “Après-Ride” party, and additional party tickets are available for $20/adults and $10/kids. Long Trail will be going “whole hog” for lunch with a picnic-style outdoor festival, including Vermont Style Pig Roast and Barbeque, featuring a menu inspired by the fine family of Long Trail Ales. In addition to slow roasted pork and barbequed chicken, Blackbeary Wheat barbeque sauce, Belgian White style coleslaw, Brewmaster’s potato salad and Double Bag baked beans are just a few of the delicious selections that riders and guests can “pig out” on.
All donations and proceeds from the ride benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports, a non-profit organization committed to empowering individuals with disabilities. The organization promotes independence and further equality through access and instruction to sports and recreational activities.
Long Trail Brewing Company
Registration is easy, simply visit www.longtrailcenturyride.com for information about riding, lodging for the weekend or simply just coming to the Long Trail BBQ Party. Live entertainment by Duane Carltlon and Pete Kilpatrick Band are sure to make this a party not to be missed – we hope you’ll join us!