Hailed as Utah’s largest cycling event for people of all abilities, the popular ride welcomes hundreds of participants to Park City
PARK CITY, UTAH (June 25, 2019) – The Summit Challenge will return to the National Ability Center on Saturday, August 24, 2019. Beginning at 7:00 a.m., the race runs through the scenic mountains and valleys of Summit and Wasatch counties. With multiple distance courses available for riders to participate in, ranging from 16 to 100 miles, cyclists of all abilities will help raise funds for the National Ability Center’s multitude of programs and activities.
“Each year the community support, excitement and participation surrounding Summit Challenge grows,” said Kevin Stickelman, CEO of the National Ability Center. “Approximately 800 cyclists, from children to veterans, gather at the National Ability Center to experience the outdoors through this adaptive event that allows us to continue to expand our recreational and adventure programming for people of all abilities. We provide over 2,600 mountain biking and cycling lessons annually and this event is a tremendous moment for our community to show off their skills and hard work.”
Over the last 12 years, the Summit Challenge has come to be known as Utah’s largest ride for cyclists of all abilities and continues to provide people of all ages and skill levels with the opportunity to experience the thrill and beauty of the Utah mountains, while raising money for the camps and recreational programs that the National Ability Center offers to more than 7,200 families, children and veterans annually. The fully-supported road ride offers participants a choice of a 16-, 50-, 80- or 100-mile course to fit all experience levels. A unique feature to the Summit Challenge includes the chance for riders on the 100-mile course to be able to complete the two-mile climb up Wolf Creek Ranch, a trail that is typically only open during the Tour of Utah. Additional activities and entertainment for riders and attendees will be available at the Event Village throughout race day. A 1-mile Discovery Loop that offers families a fun-filled way to get involved with the Summit Challenge is also open to attendees at no cost.
This year’s event is again sponsored by Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company, as the Summit Challenge’s Title Sponsor. The NAC’s ongoing cycling and mountain bike programs are also supported by Vail EpicPromise, as well as additional Gold, Silver and Bronze level supporters. For a full list of sponsors, visit the Summit Challenge website. The National Ability Center encourages riders to raise a minimum of $50 to benefit the leading adaptive recreation organization. Lunch, refreshments and entertainment are provided in the Event Village followed by an awards presentation at 2:30 p.m. on the main stage.
Early bird tickets are available for purchase at summitchallenge100.org now until July 12 and start at $35. Regular registration prices start at $50. All adaptive athletes ride for free. For those that are unable to attend, the organization is also accepting donations to support the development of its nearly ⅔-mile Discovery Loop, a packed dirt trail encircling the National Ability Center’s Round Valley campus, which is a main project within its multi-year Capital Campaign. For more information, visit discovernac.org/ican. Every year over 200 volunteers ensure a safe, enjoyable and fun event. Volunteers are still needed. If interested, contact [email protected] or 435.649.3991 x625. For more information about the National Ability Center’s Summit Challenge, visit discovernac.org.
About the National Ability Center
The National Ability Center provides world-class adaptive recreation and Splore outdoor adventures for individuals and families of differing abilities, physical, cognitive and developmental, including competitive athletes, youth, veterans and more. Rooted in Park City, UT for over 30 years, with additional facilities in Salt Lake City and Moab, the National Ability Center empowers participants by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through inclusive programming and activities such as alpine and nordic skiing, snowboarding, horseback riding, cycling, swimming, rafting, archery, among others. The National Ability Center is globally recognized as a chapter of Disabled Sports USA and is one of only 12 Gold U.S. Paralympic Sports Clubs. For more information, visit www.discovernac.org.