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City of Sparks Adventure Day Event to be Held June 10

Presenting a World of Possibilities in Adaptive Sports

A variety of adaptive sports will be featured at the annual Mark Wellman’s Adventure Day event at the Sparks Marina on Sunday, June 10. People with disabilities and their friends and families are invited to try out hand-cycling, kayaking and rock climbing through the use of a broad range of adaptive equipment. The free event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Marina peninsula.

Now in its 14th year, Adventure Day opens up a world of possibilities in accessing physical activity. Participants can experience the joy and freedom of moving their arms and legs in ways they never thought possible by taking part in the adaptive sports offered. 

The event’s namesake, Mark Wellman, is a two-time Paralympian and nationally acclaimed author, filmmaker and motivational speaker. He is best known for his ascent of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, marking the first ascent of the cliff by a paraplegic.

Wellman will be on hand to share his passion for the outdoors and assist participants with scaling a portable climbing wall. In addition to the climbing activities, attendees can test drive adaptive cycles. There will also be single and double kayaks available with professionals in the field from Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra and other community volunteers to offer guidance.

All ages and abilities are encouraged to try something new at Mark Wellman’s Adventure Day event. Sunscreen and close-toed shoes are required. A registration packet for participants, parents and/or guardians must be completed prior to participation. The packet can be downloaded at sparksrec.com and copies will be available at the event.

For more information call (775) 353-7815 or email recinfo@cityofsparks.us. The Sparks Marina Park is located at 300 Howard Drive.

Special thanks to the Nell J. Redfield Foundation, City of Reno Parks Recreation and Community Services, and Paralympic Sport Club for their support of the event.