Skip to main content
Enter search terms below…

Member News

STRIDE’s Great Race – The First Step in Adaptive Athlete’s Incredible Journey to Paralympics



Andrew Haraghey, an adaptive skier with cerebral palsy who learned how to ski when he was 7 years old, competed in his first race in 2006 at Jiminy Peak’s Adaptive program hosted by STRIDE Adaptive Sports. Haraghey, who has cerebral palsy and mobility impairment of both legs needed the use of outriggers to stabilize his balance and his style of skiing is called four-track. Next week, Haraghey, age 23, will be competing for Team USA Paralympics at Pyeongchang, South Korea in Downhill and Super G events. He experienced his first taste of the “racing bug” at the STRIDE Great Race. Haraghey continued his practice and continued skiing lessons at STRIDE’s Ski Sundown program in Connecticut near his home in Enfield, CT. At the beginning of the 2009/2010 he started formal race training and was awarded a scholarship to attend the National Race Festival at the Hartford Ski Spectacular in Breckenridge, Colorado with some of the best Adaptive Ski Race Coaches in the country, and members of the US Adaptive Ski Team.

Haraghey is now ranked between fifth and seventh in the nation in all five events, with a bronze finish in slalom at U.S. nationals this past season. After years of hard work and perseverance, he hopes to celebrate with a trip to the podium and a medal.

Haraghey’ s story shows that every Olympian gets their start somewhere and serves as an inspiration to anyone looking to move beyond a disability and follow their passion.

STRIDE Great Race

On March 17, 2018, nearly 50 adaptive skiers and snowboarders will gather at the Jiminy Peak race course in Hancock, Massachusetts for the STRIDE Adaptive Sports Great Race sponsored by DSUSA.

The race is open to all adaptive skiers (any age) with a course set up to accommodate different skill levels and special needs. There are divisions for Visually Impaired, Blind, 2-Track, 3-Track, 4-Track, Bi-ski, Mono Skiers, and Snowboarders. The race will start at 9:00 a.m. in front of the Crane Lodge.

For many adaptive skiers and snowboarders, the Great Race is a day to celebrate individual achievements and monumental successes. For others, it is the start of an even longer journey.

Contact STRIDE to get an application [email protected].

Eight in ten Capital Region employers are optimistic about job growth in the new year, but more than ever, filling open positions remains a significant challenge. That’s according to the Fall 2019 Alaant Hiring Index, an exclusive analysis of the area’s labor market prepared by Alaant Workforce Solutions, the Capital Region’s leading professional…
Christopher D' Allaird, a local CPA located in Troy, NY, has successfully completed the requirements to earn the designation of a Certified Tax Resolution Specialist (CTRS). This dignified certification is earned by good standing members of the American Society of Tax Problem Solvers (ASTPS).  Christopher D' Allaird was first required to be…
Hudson Valley Community College’s Viking Child Care Center has received an annual grant of $121,000 for up to four years that will be used for tuition subsidies for low-income families in the daycare center. The center provides care for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years and serves parents attending the college as well as community parents. The…
Dec
17
We’re giving thanks for our members by offering an exciting contest for two members to win customized Chamber marketing packages valued at $1,500 each! It…
Register By 12 p.m. on December 17, 2019
Dec
18
Join the festivities at our most popular and final NetworkingPlus event of 2019. Get connected, develop leads and build relationships at this fast-paced…
11:30 a.m. Check-in & Luncheon; 12 - 1:15 p.m. Networking
Jan
08
Join the Chamber at the 2020 State of the County Breakfast and learn what's ahead for Rensselaer County and the business community in the new year. …
Check-in & breakfast 7:30a.m.; remarks and Q&A 8-9:00a.m.