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Kelly Brush Ride ready to roll

MIDDLEBURY When Kelly Brush Century Ride rolls on Saturday, Sept. 13, in Middlebury there will be 200 or more riders on the starting line. The third annual ride through rolling hills in the Lake Champlain Valley has raised over $66,000, so far with one week to go before registration closes. This year, for the first time, teams may enter splitting up the 100-mile ride to participate in the spinal cord injury fund-raiser. "We wanted to open the event up to cyclists of all abilities, while still including the 100-mile riders," said Charlie Brush, event organizer. "September is a beautiful time of year to enjoy Vermont. The gently rolling course through the Lake Champlain Valley is spectacularly scenic." Last year's ride raised over $90,000 for spinal cord injury prevention and awareness. After the ride, entrants are invited to replace their lost calories at a festive barbeque. All participants receive a Kelly Brush Foundation T-shirt, cap and water bottle and are entered in a raffle. Last year's prizes included a mountain bike, alpine skis and cool clothing. Entrants may enter as a team of individuals each riding 100 miles and competing to raise the most money. Two-, three- and four-member relay teams may also enter. The century ride supports the Kelly Brush Foundation, founded by Middlebury graduate and ski team member Kelly Brush. The foundation raises awareness about ski racing safety, provides adaptive sports equipment for those with spinal cord injury, works to advance research on spinal cord injury and supports the U.S. Disabled Ski Team. Pre-registration is required and registration closes on Sept. 10. Riders who raise $1,000 or more receive a free Kelly Brush cycling jersey. The event starts at 9 a.m. with barbeque from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information and to register online go to: www.centuryride.kellybrushfoundation.org About the foundation: The Kelly Brush Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving ski racing safety, enhancing the quality of life for those with spinal cord injury(SCI) through providing adaptive sports equipment, advancing scientific research on SCI and supporting the U.S. Disabled Ski Team. Kelly Brush, together with her family, started the foundation in 2006 after she sustained a severe spinal cord injury while racing in NCAA Div. 1 competition as a member of the Middlebury College Ski Team in Vermont. The Kelly Brush Foundation affirms Kelly's ongoing commitment to live life on her own terms and better the lives of others living with SCI. www.kellybrushfoundation.org.

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