The Race for Tara started 3 years ago by Brian and Thayne Bolin after champion downhill mountain biker, Tara Llanes, suffered a horrific crash while racing at the Jeep King of the Mountain event in Beaver Creek, Colorado. The event was started to help raise funds for Tara and her ever-growing medical costs. In it’s first year Tara was still in the hospital and only able to call in on the loudspeaker to say, ‘thank you’ to everyone that participated. In the second year Tara was actually able to drive to the race and show her appreciation to everyone. At this years event, Tara was able to not only be at the event she was able to participate and race down the mountain in a 4-wheeler DH bike! Now heading into it’s fourth year Tara would like to give back more than ever!
The Mega DH course is back! Downieville DH Champ and WTB top pro, Mark Weir, was quoted as saying, “It was the most well balanced course the US has ever had!” The 10 minute long course will test the endurance and skill of every participant. The courses will vary depending on the level of rider. There will be a $35 donation for all beginners, intermediates, and experts and a $40 donation for all semi-pro and pro.
A large portion of the proceeds will be donated to Spinal Cord Research and helping other athletes with Spinal Cord Injury and a smaller portion to the continued medical costs Tara has had to endure. According to a study initiated by the Dana and Christopher Reeve Foundation, “there are nearly 1 in 50 people living with paralysis – approximately 6 million people”. Tara is working to build a fund for athletes that have catastrophic injuries like hers’. “I want to be there for other athletes that are going through the same thing I do day in and day out.”
In the last 3 years the Race for Tara has raised nearly $30,000 thanks to the entire cycling community. Without the help from companies such as Northstar Resort at Tahoe, Giant, Giant for Women, Reeve-Irvine Research Center, Fox Clothing, Shimano, Leatt Brace, Kali Protectives, Cycle Component Network, The Bike Trip, Specialized, Nutcase Helmets, Thule, Smith, Danville Bikes, Tomac Bikes, Troy Lee Designs, Easton, Bell, Crank Brothers, Camelbak, WTB, SixSixOne, Electra, Jamis Bikes, X-Fusion, Fox Shox, Light and Motion, Chris King, Garmin, Dakine, Pearl Izumi, Ride SFO, and SF DirtLab an event of this magnitude would not be possible. Some from the industry had this to say.
Matt Robertson (Shimano) – “I was impressed with the amazing support the event received from both companies and individuals. Giant’s presence was amazing, not just the brand but the racers and the employees. They led the charge and were closely followed by the rest of us. The top-level course, talent and venue were all well received and are an encouraging sign for next year. I was excited to see that the industry has the compassion to match the passion that we all share and I was stoked to see you back on the dirt. Your attitude is an inspiration to us all! Never Give Up!”
Tania Cusack (Reeve-Irvine Research Center) – “As a professional fundraiser I know firsthand what it takes to make an event successful. It is contingent upon individuals who give of themselves to help those who need it most. It is clear to me that the Race for Tara event was put on by some pretty exceptional people who put their all into driving the event forward. Top vendors and the beautiful Northstar Resort not only graciously offered up their resources but their staff outdid themselves doing all they could to support this event. I was personally amazed by how tight the bike racing community is and how much they banded together to be there not only for Tara, but also for the thousands who live daily with the challenges of life as a victim of spinal cord injury. The Reeve-Irvine research center is touched and honored to partner with the Race for Tara team and we look forward to next year's event!”
We look forward to you joining us next year so please make sure to note October 2-3, 2010 on your calendars and we’ll see you at beautiful Northstar Resort in Tahoe, California!
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