The 33rd annual The Hartford Ski Spectacular, hosted by Move United, is taking place virtually from December 1-3. The multi-winter sports event for people with disabilities usually takes place in person at Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado.
This year, more than 1,000 participants from 46 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, ranging in ability from recreational athletes to members of the U.S. Paralympic Team, will come together over the course of three days to attend 37 virtual sessions designed to strengthen and expand adaptive snow sports programs.
Paralympic Medalists Keith Gabel and Brittani Coury, members of the USA Paralympic Snowboarding Team, will speak at the event’s opening and closing ceremonies. Both athletes have attended the event for several years, according to a media release from Move United.
“Snowboarding is my passion. Being a part of The Hartford Ski Spectacular allows me the honor and privilege to share my knowledge with hundreds of people each year and help individuals with disabilities learn about adaptive snow sports.”
— US Paralympian Keith Gabel
New Activity: Virtual ‘Trek to Breck’
New this year is the virtual Trek to Breck, which encourages the community of adaptive athletes, instructors, volunteers, and family and friends to come “together” to collectively trek the 1,995 miles from Hartford, Connecticut to Breckenridge, Colorado between Nov. 25 – Dec. 2. Participants who run, walk, roll, swim, or bike at least one mile, can be entered to a prize drawing of exciting prizes, including a free trip to next year’s The Hartford Ski Spectacular in Breckenridge, the release continues.
“We know the transformational power The Hartford Ski Spectacular has had on thousands of participants and instructors for over three decades. And although we can’t host this event in person in Breckenridge this year, we hope we can reach even more individuals, who have not been able to travel to Colorado for this event in the past.
“We are grateful to The Hartford for their steadfast commitment, allowing Move United to continue providing an important physical outlet to help people with disabilities remain healthy, active and connected.”
— Move United Executive Director Glenn Merry
[Source(s): Move United, PRWeb]