Holiday Challenge 2013

Nov 18, 2013

This year’s Holiday Challenge will benefit four not-for-profit organizations that help people in different ways. Three of them use sports and fitness in their work. In combination, they improve the lives of countless people around the world. We hope you’ll join in and help us meet our goal of raising over $30,000 total to support these causes!

How the challenge works: For every person that rows or skis at least 100k during the challenge, Concept2 will donate $.02 for every kilometer (1000 meters) you accumulate to your choice of the selected organizations (below)—or you can opt to let Concept2 allocate your meters. And once you get beyond 100k, we’ll donate $.04 per kilometer. There will also be a certificate for achieving 100k and a pin for 200k! Note: For kids and adaptive athletes, the $.04 rate will take effect at 50k.

How to Participate It’s easy! All you have to do is row or ski and enter your meters in your Concept2 Personal Online Logbook. The Holiday Challenge is not about speed but all about motivation and perseverance. When you reach either 100,000 meters or 200,000 meters, you will automatically receive instructions for claiming your prizes and certificates of completion. Don’t have an online logbook yet? That’s easy, too. Visit concept2.com/logbook for instructions. We hope you’ll join us!

Holiday Challenge Charities for 2013

International Rescue Committee (IRC): rescue.org The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 22 US cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. The International Rescue Committee is now on the ground in the Philippines mobilizing a humanitarian response to Typhoon Haiyan.

Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF): challengedathletes.org It is the mission of CAF to provide opportunities and support to people with physical disabilities so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics. CAF believes that involvement in sports enhances an individual’s self-esteem, independence and quality of life.

Right To Play (International): righttoplay.com Right To Play's mission is to use sport and play to educate and empower children and youth to overcome the effects of poverty, conflict and disease in disadvantaged communities. Right To Play's vision is to create a healthy and safe world through the power of sport and play.

Dirt Divas (a program of Vermont Works for Women): vermontworksforwomen.org Dirt Divas, a 5-day mountain bike program for girls entering grades 6-8, is designed to cultivate confidence, courage, and leadership through outdoor adventure and a supportive environment. The program combines a dynamic staff of positive female role models, technical skill building, trail rides, bicycle mechanics, environmental stewardship, community building, inner reflection, creative arts activities, and curriculum on subjects such as media literacy and body image. Program activities emphasize building physical, social, and emotional skills that will serve girls in their everyday lives.

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