It's time, people! The Prouty's website is now live, at http://www.TheProuty.org.
When you go there, you'll find some things that are new or that you might not have noticed before.
First, the basics: This year's 38th annual Prouty will be held on July 13, 2019 -- unless you're doing The Prouty Ultimate, the two-day, 200-mile bike ride that travels through New Hampshire and Vermont, in which case it's on July 12 and 13.
Which brings us to the thing you might not have known, but should: You don't actually have to do The Prouty on its official date. If you're out of town or can't make it that weekend, you can do a virtual Prouty. Sign up and then, whenever and wherever you want, participate. Virtual Prouty-ers have ridden the rugged dirt paths of Crested Butte in Colorado and raised funds from family and friends as they did a beach cleanup to support cancer research. When Alex Coombs' wife, Jen, was undergoing treatment for breast cancer, he did the tough Franconia Ridge climb for his Prouty: "Jen views each part of her treatment plan as a 'mountain peak' to summit," he explained. It seemed fitting to show his support by summiting a real one.
Interestingly, there are people for whom a morning spent riding a bike -- or golfing or rowing or walking -- isn't enough. So for the first time this year, participants will officially be able to do more than one event: bike in the morning, say, then go golfing; or row, then walk. It's called the Xtra Mile, and you can learn more here.
Then there's this: There's now a reward for starting to fundraise early. With the help of the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, The Prouty has created a seriously alluring fundraising challenge. After you've met your minimum, the foundation will match 3:1 whatever participants raise by Valentine's Day (February 14); 2:1 whatever participants raise between February 15 and St. Patrick's Day (March 17); and 1:1 whatever's raised between then and April 30 (The Prouty folks are calling it Tax Day -- but what's a little poetic license among friends?). Just to be clear, this means that every $100 you raise above your event's minimum before Feb. 14 puts an additional $300 in the hands of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center for research and services to patients, and into your fundraising total.
You can check out the cute graphic about it here.
The point to all this? The Prouty is a living, growing thing. It thrives on the enthusiasm and creativity of its participants and volunteers. To get involved, though, you have to take a first step. So what's holding you back? Here's The Prouty's website again.