Skip to main content
Enter search terms below…

Member News

Traditional STRIDE Great Adaptive Ski Race Adapted for Pandemic

STRIDE is proud to announce that the 25 year historic annual race will not be cancelled;  however it is adapted to adhere to the travel and safety restrictions for the pandemic.

Twenty ski racers with disabilities or special needs from the region will compete in their 25th Annual “Great Race, A Diana Golden Mills Cup Level 1 Adaptive Race” Sunday morning, March 14th, at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in Hancock, MA.  This heartwarming event is typically a day of monumental achievements that are realized on the race course in front of the Crane lodge at Jiminy Peak in front of a huge crowd of families and spectators; but this year, there are no spectators, no celebratory BBQ and the course has been moved to the race arena off West Way due to Covid-19 rules.

This event is open to all adaptive skiers of any age, skill level and disability who can independently navigate intermediate trails and targeted for youth and young adults to experience the adrenaline and thrill of competition on trails. STRIDE hosts two race teams at Jiminy Peak and Ski Sundown who typically compete in numerous races each year, including Special Olympics.  Sadly, most of the races were cancelled this year.

The Great Race has divisions for the Visually Impaired, Blind, Cognitive disabilities, amputees, mobility impaired who use outriggers, seated skiers (wheelchair users), and snowboarders with special needs. STRIDE believes in offering opportunities to compete to anyone challenged with a disability. The participant’s skill levels vary and the course accommodates to all. Many of the students with disabilities have trained all season with STRIDE’s dedicated staff of volunteer ski instructors to reach the starting gate on race day. The race starts at 10:00 am. And offers a run in Giant Slalom and Slalom.

“Both STRDE’s race team members are very excited for an opportunity to conquer the Jiminy Peak Mountain and to compete against each other” said Coach Clif Mark. “We are grateful to have at least,  an opportunity for competition, although the pandemic has made it difficult for the usual celebrations accompanying this event.”

STRIDE’s annual race typically serves as a small fundraiser for the organization but 2021 will be different.  Registration for the STRIDE athletes is free with thanks to the Killingtonton World Cup Foundation grant supporting the athletes.

SunFlora, the international CBD brand and creator of award-winning SUNMED products exclusively sold at Your CBD Store franchise locations, has announced its completion of a seven-month-long ValidCare clinical study. The results display the irrefutable evidence of safe and reliable products offered by the brand. SunFlora and 11 other companies…
Since 2016, Excelsior College has celebrated Excelsior Cares Volunteer Week in April to coincide with National Volunteer Week and shine a light on the people and causes that inspire us to serve. Volunteerism by College staff has continued for the past two years despite COVID-19, with drives and volunteering conducted from a distance. Last year,…
Rensselaer County is continuing efforts to obtain energy more efficiently and effectively, today announcing a subscription with OYA Solar for 7.4 MW of clean energy from OYA projects across the state. The county subscription is expected to generate $3 million in savings over the 25-year lifespan of the solar project. The partnership between…
Join our virtual Open House for The Leadership Institute: Class of 2022! Get your questions answered and hear from former Leadership Institute alumni on…
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Tired of spinning your wheels? Need a path to the future?  Futurescaping is the newest approach to goal oriented growth and business development based on…
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
The Chamber’s popular Congressional Conversation allows members to hear directly from Congressmen Paul Tonko and Antonio Delgado on the issues that matter…
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.