PINKHAM NOTCH, NH— A five-member team of volunteers from AbilityPLUS Adaptive Sports will take on Mount Washington April 21 in the Friends of Tuckerman Ravine Inferno Pentathlon. Regarded as one of the region’s premier extreme spring events, the Inferno includes hiking, cycling, skiing, running and kayaking on and in the shadow of the East’s highest and most challenging mountain.
“This is our first year participating in the event and we’re really looking forward to a great day,” said Jon Erickson, 47, a long-time volunteer with AbilityPLUS who will be competing with his wife, son and two friends. “These are two terrific organizations that have enormous impact on the lives of thousands of people from New England and beyond, and this is a great opportunity to help raise awareness and funds for both. We’re thrilled to be part of the Inferno and look forward to some of our students joining us in coming years.”
Erickson, who organized the team, is joined by his wife and son, and will bike 18 miles through Pinkham Notch; his wife, Kristin, will hike 3 miles up the Tuckerman Trail to the base of Mount Washington’s Tuckerman Ravine; and their son, Grant, a 15-year-old student in Carrabassett Valley Academy’s Big Mountain program, will handle the hike up and ski down of Tuckerman Ravine. Miklos Oyler will run the 8.3 miles over Glen Ledge to the Saco River and Katelin Quinlan will kayak 6 miles down the Saco River. Everyone on the team is a volunteer with the AbilityPLUS adaptive sports program in the Mount Washington Valley.
Friends of Tuckerman Ravine, working in partnership with the US Forest Service, seeks to preserve and protect the historic recreational uses of Tuckerman Ravine and Mounnt Washington. Information on the Friends of Tuckerman Ravine and their events is available at www.friendsoftuckerman.org.
AbilityPLUS provides athletic and recreational programs year ‘round from its facilities at Mount Snow, Vermont and Wildcat Mountain and Attitash Resort in New Hampshire. It has affiliate programs at resorts throughout New England, offering access to athletic and recreational opportunities for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities. The programs are designed to create freedom, promote independence, support inclusion and help those individuals and their families discover their full social, emotional and athletic potential. AbilityPLUS is a 501(c) 3 organization and serves people with all manner of physical and developmental disabilities. AbilityPLUS is partnered with Wounded Warrior Project, Disabled Sports USA, and proudly serves people with autism across the spectrum. For more information visit www.abilityplus.org or call (800) 287-8415.
The demand for services provided by AbilityPLUS is growing rapidly, as awareness increases, and more people with autism, returning injured war veterans, and people with all manner of disability learn of the benefits of participation in adaptive sports. AbilityPLUS™ is a leader in the adaptive sports world, with offices and installations at resorts and venues throughout New England, serving the entire Northeast. We'll be opening more opportunities for more people in the coming months and years.
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