14th Annual Kelly Brush Ride powered by VBT Bicycling Vacations raises over $711,000!


Thanks to our incredible riders, golfers, volunteers, donors, and sponsors the 14th Annual Kelly Brush Ride was our best ever! On Saturday, September 7th we were joined by 883 riders (including 27 handcyclists), 50 golfers, and 90 volunteers at Middlebury College for a sunny day on the roads of northern Vermont and Ralph Myhre Golf Course. The event raised $711,600 with donations still coming in until the end of September.

The day began with our impressive century riders heading out just after sunrise, following a scenic route all the way up to Shelburne and back. At 9am our biggest pack of riders started out to complete the 50 mile course, while our morning golf tournament kicked off nearby. A little later the 20 and 10 mile riders went out, with all riders and golfers finishing early afternoon for a 1,000+ person BBQ catered by Fire & Ice and a beer tent featuring our local favorite Switchback Brewery. A late afternoon sprinkle was the cue for most of our tired participants to hit the road, while an intrepid 30 people stuck around to play in the post-ride golf scramble.

The proceeds from the Kelly Brush Ride will be go towards our Active Fund grant program to help purchase adaptive sports equipment for people with spinal cord injuries. Our next group of grant recipients will be awarded funding in October 2019 so stay tuned this fall to see how your fundraising efforts will change people’s lives!

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Kelly Brush Ride by-the-numbers:

  • 932 – riders and golfers
  • $711,600  – raised (and still growing!)
  • 3,700– donors
  • 90 – volunteers
  • 364+ – riders fundraised above the $100 minimum
  • $400 – proceeds of ice cream donated by The Scoop back to the KBF

Top Fundraisers and Prize Winners:

  • Top Team – Midd ’84 – $57,456
    • Team Honorable Mention – GMVS – $53,280 (including $51,280 from a student-lead spin-a-thon on Friday, August 30)
  • Top Individual – Charlie Brush – $12,125
    • Individual Honorable Mentions:
      • Kelly Brush – $11,776
      • Rick Makin – $9,125
      • Ian Sanderson – $8,000
      • Jamie Preston – $7,400
  • VBT Raffle Winner – Tim, Shelburne, VT
  • Parlor Custom KBF Skis Winner ($2,500+ fundraisers) – Jamie Preston
  • See the whole Scoreboard here >

Special thanks:

  • VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations – Our long-time title sponsor!
  • Middlebury College and the Middlebury Ski Team – Our fantastic hosts!
  • Fundraisers – You power our mission and change people’s lives
  • Volunteers – We couldn’t do this event without all of you!
  • Switchback Brewing – For providing delicious beer
  • Castleton University Ski Team – They were hugely helpful at the Ride start/finish and the golf tournament
  • GMVS – Stepped up to cover water stops for hungry/thirsty riders
  • EventSet – For providing the start/finish arch, bike racks, barriers, and photo backdrop.
  • The Scoop – For bringing the awesome ice cream truck!
  • All Our Sponsors Listed Below!


15th Annual Kelly Brush Ride powered by VBT Bicycling Vacations

 September 12, 2020