Jam the Damz 2013 IS A GO!

The 4th Annual Jam the Damz Colorado Charity Ride presented by UPS is still on for Saturday October 5th at Meadowlark Cove in Bear Creek Lake Park. Due to the recent flooding in the surrounding areas there was concern that the ride would not be able to take place. After consulting with officials at Bear Creek Lake Park we are happy to report that Jam the Damz will go off as scheduled. There will be some minor rerouting as riders come back into the park on the 50k, 70k, and 100k routes but everything else remains unchanged.

So if you have been on the fence about riding go ahead and register HERE.

Don’t forget about the great fundraising prizes we have available. Every participant that raises $250 or more will receive this year’s official Jam the Damz Cycling Jersey. The Top 2 fundraisers will be awarded $500 Frontier Airlines travel vouchers. Every participant will have at least one raffle ticket to be eligible for door prizes.

Also there will be a special raffle for an autographed cycling jersey from local professional cyclist Timmy Duggan of Team Saxo-Tinkoff…tickets can be purchased the day of the ride (riders who raise $250 or more will receive one ticket for this special item). Jam the Damz would like to send a big thanks to Timmy for donated his stars and stripes jersey to benefit our ride.

As always we could not put on this great event without the help of the following sponsors. Make sure to show them your appreciation!
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Frontier Airlines Supports Jam the Damz

How much incentive do you need to raise money for the Fourth Annual Jam the Damz Colorado Charity Ride? Would a $500 Frontier Airlines voucher help? Frontier Airlines has donated $1000 worth of flight vouchers to help motivate you to take part in what will be another great fall day in Colorado.

Right now you are asking yourself, “What do I have to do to win this?” The answer is simple…just raise more money than the next person. We will be awarding $500 worth of Frontier Airlines to both the top adult (age 18+) and top kid (age under 18) fundraisers for a total of $1000 in travel vouchers. So do not put it off any longer and register HERE for the ride that takes place on Saturday, October 5th at Bear Creek Lake Park.

As always, Jam the Damz supports three great Colorado non-profit organizations that provide cycling opportunities for people with disabilities…Adaptive Adventures, Craig Hospital, and US Handcycling.

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4th Annual Jam the Damz Colorado Charity Ride Registration NOW OPEN!

Hello Riders…registration is now open for the 4th Annual Jam the Damz Colorado Charity Ride that will take place on Saturday, October 5, 2013! You can register as a rider, a volunteer (we need these as much as we need riders), or make donations to help us reach our goal of $100,000. Just click HERE to get started and we can’t wait to see you in four short months!!

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2013 JTD Kick-off Party and Video Premier

On Wednesday, May 22, we will host a 2013 Jam the Damz Kick-off Party at Mattie’s House Mirrors in LoDo Denver.

The event will also serve as the World Premier of the new documentary video, Velobility, which features a group of Paralympic cyclists and their path to qualify for, and compete at the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

Come bring your friends, colleagues, and cycling comrades to celebrate Jam the Damz 2013, and cycling for people with disabilities.

When: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Where: Mattie’s House of Mirrors, 1946A Market St in LoDo Denver (next door to Lodo’s Bar and Grille)
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
$10 at the door includes hors d’oeuvres, two drinks, great friends, and the movie premier and a drawing for a door prize!

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2013 Ride Date Confirmed

The 2013 Jam the Damz date has been confirmed for Saturday, October 5, 2013. More details are coming soon and we look forward to working with you all again this year!

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50Km & 100Km Routes Published!

Click Here For The Full Route Information as well as maps …

50K Course
Actual [real] distance: 53 Kilometers / 33 miles
This is a brand new course starting and finishing at Pelican Point in Bear Creek Lake Park. Unlike the 2010/11 course, which was an out and back, this new course is a loop, almost exclusively on metro-area bike paths.

100k Course
Actual [real] distance: 105 kilometers / 65.3 miles
This course follows the same route as the 70k until the Rooney Road aid station. From there, the course diverts North, continuing on Rooney Road, over I70 and down to Colfax where it picks up a short connector to the new path in Golden by the Jefferson County Government Building (known as “the Taj Mahal”).

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Trish Downing

When I started doing triathlons in wheelchair twelve years ago, I didn’t see other women in chairs at my races. In twelve years, I have raced against exactly six other female wheelers. Three of those, in my last active year of racing (2010). I consider myself to be a pioneer in this category in the sport because so many times I was out there alone. Racing the clock. The only person I had to compete against was me and I had to learn a lot on my own and often the hard way. But because of programs that bring together leaders in the Paralympic sports movement, those who run community programs, who spend their time in grassroots efforts, developing not only athletes but people who are active and fit, I see a bright future.
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New Courses for 2012!

We are very excited to announce that all four courses will be new this year, thanks to our new Start/Finish area, which will be at Pelican Point in Bear Creek Lake Park.

The new start area is a beautiful area within Bear Creek Lake Park in Morrison, and has a beautiful pavillion, perfect for Jam the Damz. In addition, the connection to the bike path is just a few hundred yards from the start, which will increase our safety and streamlines the course for all distances.

We are excited that the 50k will be a loop this year. All the details are on the routes page.

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Meet Anna Aranda

My name is Anna Aranda and I was injured in a car accident in 2003 which resulted in a spinal cord injury. I am originally from Arizona and after my injury I moved to Colorado in 2005 with the hopes of getting connected to Craig Hospital.

I had my struggles of trying to accept a new way of life but when I finally got into Craig Hospital in 2009 it was the best thing that could happen to me. Immediately, when I arrived everyone there was extremely friendly and made me feel like I was “normal” again. They taught me how I can live a full life regardless of my injury and were eager to help get me back on track. To this present day I have experienced many exciting adventures because of Craig Hospital and its incredible staff. I have done more now than I ever did physically before I was injured.

At the beginning of this year I was approached by Craig staff with the opportunity to compete in the Ms. Wheelchair Colorado event. I was a bit hesitant at first but like always their staff has a way of encouraging you to try new things. I accepted the offer and entered the competition and was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Colorado in April. My purpose is to represent the disabled community by advocating the amazing things that people with disabilities can and have accomplished. My platform is to “mentor, support and inspire others with disabilities”, I will be heading to Rhode Island in two weeks to compete with 30 other inspiring women for the Ms. Wheelchair America title.

Craig Hospital has opened the door to do so many wonderful things including Ms. Wheelchair Colorado and Jam The Damz to name a few. This year I will ride in Jam The Damz as I did in 2010. Jam The Damz is a ride that everyone can enjoy. I encourage everyone to participate! See you there.

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A rider’s story … Ralph Ahnold

“Just the other day I was driving on the freeway minding my business.  Suddenly, from my right side . . . bang . . . I was side-swiped at 55 mph, and the vehicle passes me and merges into my lane!  My mind is racing, but my car is hanging tough in the center of my lane.  I signal and we both pull over.  I find my paperwork, and so does the other driver and we exchange info, but I have to call it in.

The officer arrives and starts the paperwork, so we begin chatting.  The out of state driver is headed to see daughters that live in Denver metro area.  She asks, “So where are you going, home?”
“No, I am going to a meeting to organize a fund raising bike ride for Craig Hospital,” I reply.  Her eyes close, her head drops slightly and I hear a little sigh.  I see in her expression that she knows Craig.  We continue our chat, with rush hour cars zooming by at 55 or so MPH.

Her brother-in-law was a quadriplegic that spent time at Craig.  He learned beyond survival, just as Craig teaches us.  I don’t think I told her that I was a graduate, but she knew I had a connection there. Craig Hospital is an amazing place that has helped people in many ways; survive, heal, learn, adapt, cope, and more.

I knew very little about Craig until a day in 2010.  I wish that we all knew Craig, but didn’t need Craig.  And, now I Jam the Damz for Craig.  Double-edged sword, eh?

At Craig we learn how to sustain ourselves despite our circumstances.  I hate the word ‘normal’ to describe personality, but we sometimes call ourselves a new normal.  It means average.  I don’t know anyone that is ‘normal’.  I am so glad that we are not lemmings.  We get to learn by acknowledging and overcoming our differences.
Craig has an amazing group of people.  Friends, families, medical community . . . I was helped when I needed it.  Now, it’s my time to help others.  It is hard to understand life sometimes. I am TBI.  To turn life around I learned . . . I trained my brain.  I turned TBI to IBT, iBrainTrain.  That is my current motto to move forward day by day.  Craig is in many more places than we know.  The teaching, the knowledge, the stamina that Craig promotes allows us to contribute back to the world.  I contribute.  I am Craig.
I created a team name called iBrainTrain for Jam The Damz to raise fund.  We will Jam the Damz to raise funds.”

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