The Kelly Brush Century Ride raised a record amount and drew the largest turnout in the six year history of the annual event held in Middlebury, Vermont. The 100-mile ride held on Sept. 10, raised over $275,000 for spinal cord injury prevention, adaptive sports and ski racing safety. A total of 721 riders participated in the scenic ride through the Champlain Valley. ‘With blue skies and comfortable temperatures, we could not have ordered a better day for the Kelly Brush Ride,’ said Charlie Brush, president of the Kelly Brush Foundation. ‘I’d like to send out a huge thank you to all who rode and raised money. Thanks to the efforts of our many supporters, the foundation will be able to do more than ever to help people face the challenges of paralysis through the love of sport and improve ski racing safety.’ The largest fundraising ride in the state, the Kelly Brush Century Ride is also one of the best attended rides in the Northeast for handcyclists. This year 24 participants rode the course on handcycles. The 100-mile ride raises money to support the Kelly Brush Foundation’s multi-faceted mission including: improving ski racing safety, enhancing the quality of life for those with SCI through adaptive sports equipment grants, advancing scientific research on SCI and supporting the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team. For every $5,000 raised, the foundation donates adaptive sports equipment in the name of the team or individual who raised the money. In addition, funds raised support ski racing safety grants awarded to clubs and racing organizations across the country for safety equipment such as netting to line race courses and protective gear for racers. The Kelly Brush Century Ride was started by the Middlebury College Ski Team as a way 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 non-profit, and the ride was opened to the public. The Kelly Brush Century Ride is made possible thanks to the generosity of participants and sponsors including: VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, Shearer Audi, Sugarbush Resort, Earthlogic and many others. About the foundation: The Kelly Brush Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving ski racing safety, enhancing the quality of life for those with spinal cord injury(SCI) through providing adaptive sports equipment, advancing scientific research on SCI and supporting the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team. Kelly Brush, together with her family, started the foundation in 2006 after she sustained a severe spinal cord injury while racing in NCAA Div. 1 competition as a member of the Middlebury College Ski Team in Vermont. The Kelly Brush Foundation affirms Kelly’s ongoing commitment to live life on her own terms and better the lives of others living with SCI. www.kellybrushfoundation.org(link is external) IMAGE CAPTIONS:Kelly Brush, on right, lines up with other handcyclists and bicyclists at the start of the sixth annual Kelly Brush Century Ride. The ride, which started and finished in Middlebury, Vt., drew 721 participants, the highest in the event’s history, and raised a record amount for the foundation.Bicyclists in the Kelly Brush Century Ride pedal past a cornfield with Camel’s Hump in the background. The ride, which started and finished in Middlebury, Vt., drew 721 participants, the highest in the event’s history, and raised a record amount for the foundation. BURLINGTON, Vt. (Sept. 15, 2011)
Facebook4Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansKyle Witzel scored in the ninth minute on his first shot with his new club and the Oly Town Artesians held on tight for a 1-1 draw against the Olympic Force on Sunday afternoon at Gordon Field. The Force tied the game up on a penalty kick by Diego Aceves in the 71st minute and then mounted a fierce attack thereafter but could not break through the Artesians defense and goalkeeper JJ Olson.Kyle Witzel with the shot past Lewis Watson. Photo credit: David FalkOn a deceptively warm day on the turf at Gordon Field, the Artesians broke through first in the ninth minute with a beautiful build up between Gabriele Zaccagnini, Jake Zimmerman and Tom Kemennu that was finished on a rocket of a shot by Witzel past Olympic keeper Lewis Watson. It was the Saint Martin’s forward’s first opportunity as a member of the Artesians, and he made the most of it, giving Oly Town a 1-0 lead.Olympic looked a little sluggish early after their 1-1 draw with South Sound FC on Saturday afternoon, but shook it off and started pressing midway through the first half. The pressure finally got to the Artesians in the 71st minute when Collin LaBranche clipped Joe Sammartino in the box. The official awarded a penalty kick to the Force and Diego Aceves buried the kick to tie the game 1-1.The Force continued to press heavily for the next 20 minutes giving both teams good chances to take the lead. The best opportunity came on the last play of the game well into stoppage time when Sammartino’s shot sliced across the goal and just barely missed wide left. The official blew the whistle right after and the Artesians escaped the Kitsap Peninsula with a point.Oly Town moved to 4-4-2 with 14 points in the Evergreen Premier League. The draw, combined with South Sound’s loss in Bellingham on Sunday, moved the Artesians back up to fourth place in the league table, nine points behind the first place Seattle Stars with four games left to play.The Artesians turn around almost immediately and will host the Vancouver Victory on Tuesday at Wembley Field at The Evergreen State College. First kick is set for 7:00 p.m., gates open at 6:15 p.m.Follow the Artesians all season long by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.