By JoAnn Hanowski
Burlington, VT (August 3, 2010) — What do the Catamount Trail Association (CTA), Girls Move Mountains, and the Mobius Mentoring Movement have in common? All three of these Vermont based non-profit organizations are investing in the future of Vermont. Whether it be maintaining and protecting North America’s longest public access backcountry ski and snowshoe trail, building self esteem and confidence in young girls through adventure-based experiential education, or finding mentors to match up with over 3,300 children in Chittenden County who need their service, the three groups are making a commitment to helping the future of Vermont
Many children in VT, as with many states, are faced with a high rate of childhood obesity, diabetes, and other health related problems having to do with a lack of physical activity and poor diet. In many instances, the lack of parental supervision and guidance compounds the physical problems leaving the child with a host of potential social troubles down the road. In this economic climate the problems often get worse and so do the lack of funds needed to combat these issues. In an effort to help raise funds for the benefit of Vermont youth and to protect the winter ski and snowshoe trail where people of all ages can recreate, the Catamount Trail Association has teamed up with Mobius Mentoring Movement and Girls Move Mountains to be co-beneficiaries of the 3rd annual Fleischer Jacobs Group (FJG) Race To The Top Of Vermont.
The FJG Race to the Top of Vermont will be held on Sunday, August 29th on the Mount Mansfield Toll Road in Stowe, Vermont. The 4.3 mile hill climb is open to runners, mountain bikers and non-competitive hikers. Jim Fredericks, the Catamount Trail Association’s Executive Director and Race Director is planning on having as many as 900 participants from 20 states and Canada for this year’s event. The event is unique in that it creates a rivalry between the mountain bikers and the runners for the fastest time up the highest mountain in Vermont. Even though new records were set in 2009 for both men’s and women’s run and mountain bike, the fastest times were set by the runners.
“We want to make this a fun event for the whole family” said Fredericks, “For the non-competitive people in the family, the hike up the 4.3 mile Toll Road is invigoratingly social as they set their own pace while conversing with others at the same fitness level. For the more competitive family members, the goal may be to not stop running or stay on the bike the whole distance. Once at the summit finish line, everyone is treated to a spectacular view unlike any in the East.”
Although the event has a fund-raising mission, it also provides a lot of bang for the buck for participants. Runners, hikers and bikers will receive a technical t-shirt, a fun and delicious chicken barbeque, and a chance to win over $8,000 in raffle prizes and awards. Jim Fredericks of the CTA realizes that that people want to invest their recreation dollars in an efficient way and the FJG Race To The Top Of Vermont succeeds in providing this experience.
For more information or to register for the race go to www.catamounttrail.org. The race this year is limited to the first 900 entrants.