Dawn - Sometimes An Ultrarunner

Dawn - Sometimes An Ultrarunner

January 28, 2015

I'm Pledging $1 per Mile for the USA Paragliding Team

As you might have read, by courtesy of getting into the X-Alps, I've made it onto the US Paragliding Team this year.  Paragliding competitions do not have any cash prizes for winning, which makes it hard to earn a living at it, unlike other sports (NFL Football?!?!).  While most competitors pay their own way to competitions, the US Paragliding Team is there to help out and make sure we field a strong team to international competitions.    

For the next two months,  The US Hang gliding and Paragliding Association (USHPA) and the Foundation for Free Flight (FFF) will be matching funds for the US Paragliding Team.   This means for every $ you donate, USHPA and the FFF will match your $.  I can't pass that up.

So for the next month when I'm down here in Colombia flying and training, I'm going to pledge $1 for every mile I fly.  I only hope I'll be able to fly long distances!  I'm aiming for at least 500 miles....  So far I've only gone 31 miles (!) but there is a lot more flying to come.  The FAI Open starts today, and I hope to at least make goal a couple of times.  The flying down here in Colombia is really amazing.

Stay tuned for updates on my mileage and blogs about how the competition is going!


  1. Beautiful colors on your new Alpina 2! It looks great with that landscape :-)

    FYI, only USHPA does donation matching. The Foundation for Free Flight is there specifically to handle doling the money out. Still, a pretty sweet deal. Also, in order to qualify for matching the donation either has to be paid with your USHPA dues, or through the special web page set up for the fundraising campaign: http://www.ushpa.aero/donation_usteam_form.asp

    I can't wait to fly (far!) with you in 2 weeks!

  2. Julie,
    Thanks for clarifying! I'm actually still flying the Delta 2, with the Alpina waiting to be tested until after the competition. Unfortunately I couldn't get purple in the Alpina 2 :( Had to go with green and orange, it still looks sweet!

  3. Oh, and lets set some new distance records while you're here...the flying is great!