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Riders in 2016 Summit Challenge Share Messages of Inspiration


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PARK CITY, UT (August 16, 2016) – The National Ability Center is hosting its annual Summit Challenge on Saturday, August 27, 2016, and as such, is honoring the abilities demonstrated by those riding the course. Summit Challenge is a bicycle road ride that offers three different course lengths: 102 miles, 52 miles and 16 miles, with all proceeds from the event supporting National Ability Center programs and services. There will also be a one-mile discovery loop for those of all ages and skill‑levels looking to give cycling a try! Typically, one in five riders participating in the challenge does so with a different ability.

Successful entrepreneur and motivational speaker, Mike Ray, was living the life and traveling the world to share his principles of business success, all while surrounded by a loving family of six kids and his wife, Lynette. In 2013, life threw Mike for a spin. While traveling in England to celebrate his eldest daughterʹs graduation, Mike suffered a series of strokes, which caused him to lose 25 percent of his brain function and experience full paralysis of his right side. Mike, who always viewed his glass as completely full, worked determinedly through many hours, days, weeks and months of therapy. While Mike worked unflaggingly to regain strength, balance and function, the Ray family discovered the National Ability Center, which became a source of resilience and healing for the whole family.

At the National Ability Center, Mike re‑learned how to ride a bike using a recumbent tandem cycle on the many paths and roads surrounding the National Ability Center. Eventually, Mike’ʹs coach passed Mike the handle barsso he could begin to steer and develop the muscle memory crucial to being able to later drive a car and ride independently. Within a month, Mike was riding his own recumbent cycle and training to complete the 18-mile course in the 2015 Summit Challenge. He continued to set goals for himself and his family, including participating in a family camp on the slopes of Park City during the winter and taking adaptive horseback riding lessons with his youngest daughter.

Ever the teacher, Mike is clearly demonstrating to his family, friends and everyone at the National Ability Center the power of positivity, goals setting and deliberate training. After completing his first 5K run and competing in a mini‑triathlon using a NAC adaptive cycle, Mike is currently training with the National Ability Center to nearly triple his distance in the 2016 Summit Challenge. This year, he will tackle the 52‑mile course, complete with the grueling climb up Brownʹs Canyon.

“Through each rotation of the bikesʹ tires—whether it be a regular road bike or a specialty hand bike—the Summit Challenge demonstrates the resilience and power of the human spirit,” said Gail Loveland, National Ability Centerʹs executive director. “Riders of all abilities and cycling levels are invited to come share in this inspiring event that impacts and benefits the lives of so many like Mike.”

All Summit Challenge rides start and end at the National Ability Center, 1000 Ability Way, in Park City, Utah. Cyclists are fully supported throughout the rides as they pedal on paved roads through the mountains and valleys in Wasatch and Summit counties. Riders are rewarded with stunning views of the Jordanelle Reservoir, Deer Valley, Mt. Timpanogos and the Uintah and Wasatch-°©‐‑Cache National Forests.EY is the event’s title sponsor.Every rider receives a gift bag, plus free bike tunings by White Pine Touring and Cole Sports beginning at 6 am, breakfast from Wasatch Bagel and Park City Coffee lunch and beverages from Uinta Brewing and Riverhorse on Main as well as live entertainment at the Summit Challenge Event Village throughout the day. The 102‑mile ride begins at 7 am, the 52‑mile ride at 9 am and the 16‑mile ride at 10:30 am. Rider entry is limited to 800 people and is on track to sell out. Registration for the event is available online at summitchallenge100.org. There will be no day-°©‐‑of registration this year except for our 1‑mile, family friendly Discovery Loop.

For a more information about the Summit Challenge or photos from last year’ʹs race, contact info@discovernac.org. Additional information about the National Ability Center is available at www.discovernac.org.

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About the National Ability Center

The National Ability Center empowers individuals of all abilities by building self-°©‐‑esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through sport, recreation and educational programs. Located in Park City, Utah, it is one of the leading community programs in the country that provides sports and recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The National Ability Center is recognized as a chapter of Disabled Sports USA and a US Paralympic Sports Club. World‑class facilities and program excellence have also elevated the National Ability Center to be a premier provider and partner in the delivery of programs directly supported by the Wounded Warrior Project and the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship. The National Ability Center provides more than 28,000 experiences each year. For more information, visit www.discovernac.org.

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