High Fives Foundation FAT skiathon
Sunday March 1st, 2015 dawned overcast and chilly, but for a group of skiers it signified the culmination of months of hard work. Today was the High Fives Foundation Fat skiathon at Sugarbush.
Over 130 skiers and riders of all ages and abilities were gathering on Mt. Ellen to see how much abuse their legs could take in one day. Participants had spent countless hours in the month’s previous fundraising to support the High Fives Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to raising injury prevention awareness while providing resources and inspiration to those who suffer life altering injuries.
The goal was simple, ski as many runs as you can on “fat” powder skis. Smiles were in no short supply as participants loaded the lift over and over again. In one day, 150 skiers skied a combined 1,386 laps beneath the Summit Chairlift totaling approximately 1,442,826 vertical feet in the name of fundraising. Thirteen-year-old participant Thomas Sullivan took home the Tom Thumb Endurance Belt award for being able to ski a record 28 laps on the grueling trail “Black Diamond” in the allotted time.
With the event taking place on the Mt. Ellen summit quad with music and food to keep the participants rockin and rollin throughout the day.“I consider the 2015 Fat Ski-a-Thon a huge success,” said High Fives Co-Founder and Executive Director, Roy Tuscany. “This year participants contributed more than 800 individual donations and exceeded the fundraising goal of $100,000 to raise more than $117,000 for the Foundation.”
Food, music, friends and great ski conditions made for a great time at the 4th annual High Fives Fat skiathon. Can’t wait for next year!