NAC’S Summit Challenge returning Saturday

Adaptive riders geared up for the 2022 Summit Challenge. The National Ability Center is expecting 800 able-bodied and disabled riders for this year’s event.
Photo courtesy of the National Ability Center

The National Ability Center’s Summit Challenge is returning Saturday to Park City, where around 800 differently abled riders are expected to traverse the roads of Summit and Wasatch counties. The riders will choose between 16-, 25-, 50-, 80- and 100-mile routes of which to tackle, in what is a massive fundraising event for the center. 

Riders kick off the 2022 Summit Challenge. The National Ability Center will be looking to raise $100,000 at this year’s event.
Photo courtesy of the National Ability Center

The NAC aims to empower people and athletes of all abilities through adaptive rec programs and training opportunities. It impacts more than 4,000 people each year, largely from outside the state, and it sent 10 of its best athletes to the latest Winter Paralympics in Beijing. 

The Challenge isn’t even the NAC’s largest fundraiser, yet it’s still hoping to raise a lofty $100,000. Sponsors and riders alike will be contributing, with riders expected to raise a minimum of $50, depending on their riding distance.

Riders participate in last year’s Summit Challenge. The Challenge is a massive fundraiser for the National Ability Center in Park City.
Photo courtesy of the National Ability Center

The center also benefits from the increased visibility. Director of Development Caitlyn Bognaski touched upon what makes the event so special, and what specifically to look out for this year. 

“It’s a really fun community day,” said Bognaski. “To see the adaptive riders out there, it’s a great way to learn about the NAC.” She also mentioned new vendors that the NAC has brought in this year for the Challenge, along with two new routes.

For further information, including how to register for the Challenge as a participant or volunteer, please see the NAC’s Summit Challenge website. As of this past Friday, there were still a few remaining spots open for each. 

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