Ski, Kayak And Bike For UNH's
'Trilogy of Challenge' an Athletic
Event for People with and Without Disabilities
Contact: Sharon Keeler
UNH Media Relations
Jan. 11, 2005
EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS: Members of the media are invited to participate
in one or all three of the Mountains to Marshes events to gain an
insider's perspective of the story. Please call Sharon Keeler, UNH
Media Relations, at (603) 862-1566 to make arrangements.
DURHAM, N.H. -- Challenge yourself, have fun and raise money for
a good cause. Northeast Passage (NEP), a self-funded program of
the University of New Hampshire that provides recreational opportunities
for people with disabilities, is launching an innovative three-season,
three-sport athletic event for people with and without disabilities
in 2005 called "Mountains to Marshes: A Trilogy of Challenge."
Underwritten by Martin's Health Care, a Portland, Maine-based health
plan administrator and clinical practice with four locations in
Maine and New Hampshire, and Liberty Mutual, Mountains to Marshes
is the "embodiment of the Northeast Passage mission: to create
an environment where individuals with disabilities can recreate
with freedom of choice, quality of life and independence,"
says Executive Director Jill Gravink. "The athletic challenge
is one part of the trilogy. Earning money for NEP, to support its
programs, is another."
People are invited to participate in Mountains to Marshes, which
includes a series of events -- skiing in February, kayaking in June
and cycling in September. Participants are asked to raise $1,000
for NEP to participate in a single event of their choice. Raise
$1,500 or more and attend two or all three events.
The first event will be held Feb. 27 and 28. "The Highland
Loppet: The Nordic Skiing Event" is a two-day cross-country
skiing endurance challenge. "Loppet is a Norwegian word for
"long trip." Beginning at the Bretton Woods Nordic Center
on Sunday, skiers will set out on a 25-kilometer mountain course.
An overnight at the nearby Appalacian Mountain Club includes dinner.
The second event takes place June 23 and 24. "Owascoag: The
Kayaking Event" is a two-day paddle through the saltwater channels
of the Scarborough Marsh Wetlands Preserve in Maine. It includes
a lobster bake and overnight in Old Orchard Beach.
The final event of the trilogy, "Three Notches: The Cycling
Event," will be held Sept. 12-14. This expedition will challenge
cyclists to conquer three mountain passes in three days.
Starting Monday, the trip will cover 100 miles and 4,300 feet of
elevation gain, as cyclists take on New England's Franconia Notch,
Crawford Notch and Kancamagus Highway. Overnight accommodations
at the Appalachian Mountain Club's Highland Lodge and a North Conway
hotel offer rest and social opportunities with fellow cyclists.
For more information, contact Northeast Passage at (603) 862-0070
or (800) 735,2964 (TTY NH RELAY), Email at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or visit the organization's Web site at www.nepassage.org.