Iron man runs for Adam’s Camp |

Iron man runs for Adam’s Camp

Kristen Lodge/Outdoor Adventures
Grand County, CO Colorado

Terry Nugent is an Ironman athlete who qualified to race the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii this year. As a part time resident of Grand Lake, Terry bikes hundreds of miles in Rocky Mountain National Park, swims in Shadow Mountain Reservoir, and runs the roads and trails in Grand Lake; all of this local training helped him to qualify and race on Oct. 9, 2010.

Training for endurance sports is time consuming; hours spent training, up to 25 hours some weeks.

This is Nugent’s fourth time qualifying to race Kona and this year joined the Janus Charity Challenge with the hope of raising $30,000 for Adam’s Camp.

Adam’s Camp was started by Bob and Karel Horney after their son Adam, at the age of five, was struggling to walk independently.

A physical therapist organized a week of intense physical, occupational and speech therapy for him at a mountain retreat in Colorado and invited other children with disabilities.

One of the locations for Adam’s Camp is YMCA of the Rockies at Snow Mountain Ranch. These adventure camps are geared for children with Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, or autism. One of the week-long camps is Mountain Adventure Camp for ages 8 through 25. The camp emphasizes fun and adventure in the mountains while building self esteem, independence, and social skills. Some of the adventures include a river raft trip, alpine slide, miniature golf, canoeing, swimming, and hiking/nature walks.

“Families are encouraged to come and stay at the camp during a summer week,” Terry explains. “Most kids at Adam’s Camp are 5-12. They have a day camp, go horseback riding, and go to Lilli Putt Golf in Grand Lake. One of the best parts of this program is that while the kids are at the camp, therapists document their progress, then it is given to their schools. This document acts as a blueprint for the kids to continue to improve throughout the school year.”

Ford Motor Company and Janus, a global investment management firm, are major sponsors for Ironman.

In 2001 Janus started Janus Charity Challenge to encouraging athletes to raise money for charity. Each athlete would choose a charity they wanted to raise money for and Janus Charity matches up to $500,000 for the top eight fundraisers who compete in any of the eight Ironman races. As much as $46 million has been raised since 2001. On their website, athletes create a donation page where supporters can donate online and easily search for athletes who are fundraising.

Terry’s goal is to raise $30,000 by race day, Oct. 9, 2010. You can help support Adam’s Camp by visiting his page:

Adam’s Camp serves over 800 clients, ages 1-26 years old, and offers programs in Colorado and Massachusetts. You can learn about the camp and the people it serves by visiting

Watch Terry’s 9News Interview here:

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