The fourth annual Flyin Ryan Outdoor Festival happens July 16, 2 to 7 p.m., at the Catamount Outdoor Family Center in Williston. The event benefits The Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation, a nonprofit organization inspired by the life of Ryan Hawks, an extreme skier who died during a competition in 2011. The festival this Saturday is planned to be a fun-filled afternoon for all ages and abilities including individual and guided mountain bike rides, demo bikes, music, and a silent auction. Starting at 5 p.m., there will be a pig roast with plenty of other food and Long Trail Brewing will be on hand to serve Flyin Ryan IPA, a brew created especially for the Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation.
Hawks, a 2004 South Burlington High School (SBHS) graduate, is known for his personal set of core values that continue to inspire others. Seemingly simplistic in nature, Hawks’ principles speak to the wisdom of living a powerful and fulfilling life. According to the organization’s website, “The Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation has been established to extend Ryan’s humanness in an effort to enrich the lives of young adventurers and make the world a better place.”
The foundation takes an active role in sharing Hawks’ core values through their Decisions Program and its goal to stimulate students and athletes to take ownership of their lives by exploring and authoring their own set of principles. Over a thousand students at SBHS, and other schools, have completed the Decisions Program, which has been characterized as life-changing. In addition, the foundation has awarded 87 Adventure Scholarships, designed to encourage passion in the face of financial need.
Fellowship of the Wheel, a nonprofit group that advocates for and maintains 100 miles of public multi-use trails in Chittenden County, is co-presenting the Flyin Ryan Outdoor Festival with the
The Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation. The family friendly event happens rain or shine. For tickets or more information, visit www.flyinryanhawks.org.