Community partnerships leverage annual race to bring awareness to adventures off the beaten path
From the trails to Mount Everest Base Camp to the paved route of the Times Colonist 10K, three Victoria organizations are raising awareness of a versatile piece of equipment that makes adventures accessible for people living in the Capital Regional District.
Power To Be, Recreational Integration Victoria (RIV) and PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence) have partnered to bring a team of more than 20 people together to race using TrailRiders, single-wheeled wheelchairs designed to bring people out into nature. And while it may seem an unlikely fit for a 10-kilometre race routed through a city, the event is the perfect place to showcase what’s possible when people have the right supports.
“It’s not built for speed, but it is built to move on different terrain. A road is easy compared to where we have taken it,” says Carolyn Macdonald, Power To Be Community Development Coordinator who helped organize the team. “It’s always an adventure and that’s what we love.”