New adaptive bikes at Challenge Mountain open trails to all

A bike ride along one of the beautiful trails in Charlevoix and Emmet counties is a recreational activity enjoyed by many in Northern Michigan, but opportunities to participate in recreational activities are not something that is readily available for our friends, neighbors and visitors living with disabilities.

Thanks to a recent gift, Challenge Mountain can offer more opportunities for individuals living with disabilities to experience life and adventure on a bike ride.

 

“At Challenge Mountain we believe that all people, regardless of ability, should have opportunities to experience life and adventure, and in doing so realize their personal value, strengths and abilities,” said Executive Director Elizabeth Gertz Looze. “The challenges faced and support discovered in these experiences help people become stronger individuals and community members.”

She added, “This gift is a wonderful example of how Great Things Happen Together at Challenge Mountain!”

In support of its recreational programming, Challenge Mountain recently received two Amtryke therapeutic tricycles from the ABUCS chapter in Grand Rapids.

“The addition of these tricycles to our fleet of adaptive bikes will provide more opportunities for individuals living with disabilities to experience life and adventure on bike trails in northern Michigan” said Challenge Mountain Program Director Linda Winn-Armstrong.

National AMBUCs, Inc. is a nonprofit charitable organization with a diverse membership dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities by providing therapeutic tricycles to individuals, awarding scholarships for therapists and performing community service for people with disabilities.

“This generous gift is a huge boost to the Challenge Mountain adaptive biking program,” said Challenge Mountain Board President Bill Aten. “These tricycles are advanced in their braking mechanisms and are highly adaptive to accommodate many disabilities. We are so grateful to the AMBUCS members in Grand Rapids for their generosity.”

More info by e-mailing director@challengemtn.org or calling 582-1186.

PICTURED: Shown (from left) are Challenge Mountain Executive Director Elizabeth Gertz Looze, Program Director Linda Winn-Armstrong (on bike), Grand Rapids AMBUCS member Ray Lighthart and Challenge Mountain Board President Bill Aten.

PICTURED: Shown (from left) are Challenge Mountain Executive Director Elizabeth Gertz Looze, Program Director Linda Winn-Armstrong (on bike), Grand Rapids AMBUCS member Ray Lighthart and Challenge Mountain Board President Bill Aten.

 

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