Skiers to complete 2012 runs for £35,000

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SNO!zone Milton Keynes is seeking challengers for one of the most rewarding charity fundraisers of the year, the Disability Snowsport UK (DSUK) National Skiathon 2012.

The annual Skiathon, taking place on Monday, June 11, sees teams of skiers and snowboarders take to the indoor real snow slope to complete a set number of runs.

This year the Skiathon will celebrate the Olympics and Paralympics with teams being challenged to complete up to 2012 runs of the slope, equivalent to 855 laps of the Olympic running track or 212 miles, in just six hours.

The number of runs to be completed will vary with teams that raise the most funds being required to complete fewer runs, but every team will be encouraged to finish as many lengths of the slope as they can.

The funds raised by DSUK will be used to allow it to continue to offer adaptive skiing sessions at indoor snow slopes including SNO!zone Milton Keynes.

Snowsports are among the few activities which almost anybody can take part in, regardless of their disability providing disabled people with improved skills and fitness, greater confidence and self-esteem as well as the chance to enjoy a new hobby and meet new people.

Sarah Porteus, SNO!zone head of marketing, said: “DSUK offer disabled people with the opportunity to access the thrill and freedom of snow sports and we’re thrilled to be supporting the Skiathon once again in 2012. We are encouraging everyone who skis or snowboards at SNO!zone, including customers and staff to get a team together for this important cause.”

Lynne Wiseman, DSUK events fundraiser, said: “Last year everyone who entered made a huge effort to raise £27,000 making a massive difference to people living with disability who want to experience the thrill and excitement of the slopes just like everyone else.

“We’ve set our sights even higher this year with a fundraising target of £35,000 and we need plenty of support to achieve this.”

The skiathon is open to teams of six who are challenged to raise as much money as possible before the end of May to reduce the number of runs they have to complete. There will also be opportunities to win runs using mental agility and general knowledge.

Teams receive their entry to the slope, an event t-shirt and goody bag and prizes for teams who raise the most money.

For further details or to register a team contact DSUK on 01479 861 272 or email fundraising@disabilitysnowsport.org.uk

For more information about DSUK visit www.disabilitysnowsport.org.uk and for more information about SNO!zone visit www.snozoneuk.com