Summit Challenge Returns to National Ability Center on Saturday, August 25 to Celebrate All Abilities

The multi-distance cycling race travels through the scenic mountains and valleys of Summit and Wasatch counties

PARK CITY, UTAH (July 3, 2018) –The popular Summit Challenge returns to the National Ability Centeron Saturday, August 25, 2018. The highly-anticipated annual cycling fundraiser begins at 7:00 a.m. and travels 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. Last year’s event attracted approximately 800 riders.

“The Summit Challenge is a phenomenal event that encourages inclusion for all, healthy living and perseverance, said Gail Barille, CEO of the National Ability Center. It’s an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate the outdoors and the abilities within each of us. Every year we welcome hundreds of cyclists of all ages including veterans, children, and their families. As a world-class provider of adaptive recreation and outdoor adventures, this annual event plays a critical role in allowing us to sustain our programs and operations. I look forward to welcoming all the cyclists and their families as we  build the adaptive nation together.”

For 11 years, the Summit Challenge, the largest ride for people of all abilities in Utah, has provided people of all ages and skill level the opportunity to experience the adventure and beauty of the Utah mountains, while raising money for the camps and recreational programs that the National Ability Center offers to more than 6,600 families, children and veterans through 37,000 experiences annually. The fully-supported road ride offers participants a choice of a 16-, 50-, 80- or 100-mile course to fit all experience levels. 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 for $5.

This year’s event is made possible by Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company and Summit Challenge’s Title Sponsor. Presenting Sponsor is EYfollowed by additional Gold, Silver and Bronze level supporters. For a full list of sponsors, visit the Summit Challengewebsite. The National Ability Centerencourages 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.orgnow until July 13 and start at $35. Regular registration prices start at $50. All adaptive athletes ride for free. Every year over 200 volunteers ensure a safe, enjoyable and fun event. Volunteers are still needed. If interested , please contact [email protected]or 435.649.3991 x625. For more information about the National Ability Center’s Summit Challenge, visit


About the National Ability Center

The National Ability Centerprovides 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

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