4th Annual 100K Vertical Challenge at Whitetail Resort

On Feb. 9, I will again be part of a group of skiers and snowboarders who will descend 100,000 vertical feet in one day, or 107 runs at Whitetail Resort in Mercersburg, PA. Our 12-plus-hour adventure aims to raise funds for and awareness of Two Top Mountain Adaptive Sports Foundation, which provides ski and snowboard lessons to disabled athletes—the majority of whom are wounded warriors from the Baltimore-Washington area.

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Participants in last year’s 100K Vertical Challenge at Whitetail Resort.

Two Top provides ski and snowboard lessons to athletes with a wide range of disabilities, including many amputees and traumatic-brain-injury patients from Walter Reed, none of whom pay a dime for their lessons, meals and lodging.
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Army veteran Karl Dorman skiing in the last year’s 100K Vertical Challenge at Whitetail Resort.

Since I first participated in the inaugural event in 2012 (and shared the story of my adventure here), the 100K has become an important funding source for Two Top, with last year’s event raising more than $75,000 for the organization.
Homecoming

Participating in the 100K Vertical Challenge at Whitetail helps me pay forward my gratitude for happy homecomings like this one.

The event is especially meaningful to me because it allows me to express gratitude for the fact that Steve, and many of our other dear friends, have made it home from their deployments healthy and safe; for the sacrifices that our wounded warriors have made; and for the talented volunteers at Two Top offer these warriors a chance to experience the sense of freedom and peace that drive me to the slopes again and again.
Still smiling at the halfway point of the First Annual 100K Vertical Challenge at Whitetail Resort.

Still smiling at the halfway point of the First Annual 100K Vertical Challenge.

This year, I will be participating in the event as part of a team with three fellow ski patrollers, all of whom share my passion for Two Top and its mission. Together, we aim to raise $1,500 to help fund much-needed equipment purchases, and to help Two Top meet its goal of providing lessons for free to all participants. I so appreciate any support you can offer!

HOW TO DONATE:

You can support me by visiting my team page (https://www.twotop100k.org/riders/view/8/team-dyd).  Donations can also be made via check to: Two Top Mountain Adaptive Sports Foundation, Inc., 10914 Claylick Rd. Mercersburg, PA 17236.

Want to learn more about the 100K Vertical Challenge? Check out WUSA 9′s coverage of last year’s event—and watch for a cameo of yours truly.

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