Athletes Inspired By Best Buddies Phoenix Dizzy 250
On Saturday, December 10th, Best Buddies Arizona held the 4th Annual Phoenix Dizzy 250. Hosted by Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, the event saw more than 160 athletes – in both solo and team divisions – compete for the overall title of Ultimate Endurance Champion. The Phoenix Dizzy 250 was created four years ago with just one category – the 250-mile bike ride – but has since grown to 11 events, including the 200-mile duathlon and 100-mile ultra run endurance categories.
Beginning at sunrise and officially ending at sunset, the winners of each race category are crowned by the solo individual or team who completed the highest distance total, celebrating those who pushed themselves to their limits in a day full of honoring those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
“Events like the Phoenix Dizzy bring friends together to support people with disabilities,” said Lindsay Heffron, ASU student and 10k competitor. “This event provided all people with an opportunity to have fun, let loose, and enjoy themselves in an encouraging environment surrounded by loving individuals. This environment is inspiring because it allows people the opportunity to open their hearts and minds to the uniqueness that every person brings. Learning to accept and appreciate all people is something that is truly invigorating.”
This year’s Ultimate Endurance Champion was the two-man team from Chandler MMA, who completed 194 total miles in just over 11 hours. Honorable mention and right on Chandler MMA’s heels was Zack Stelling, who completed 191 miles as a solo rider.
The 2016 Phoenix Dizzy 250 was sponsored by Silicon Valley Bank, Lungaretti Flooring Solutions, Cortez Visual, Chandler MMA, Ironwood Wealth Management, Tribe Multisport, and Excel Beyond Coaching. Also new to this year’s list of sponsors was DriveTime, who generously contributed $5,000.
“Enduring, overcoming and improving are values that DriveTime shares with Best Buddies Arizona, which is why we chose to sponsor this year’s Phoenix Dizzy,” the company said on their official Facebook page.
The beautiful sunny day also saw over 50 participants from our school friendship programs, with attendees from schools all across the Valley, including Marcos de Niza High School, Arizona State University, Deer Valley High School, Sunrise Mountain High School, Mesquite High School, and more. The Arc of Tempe, a local nonprofit recreation center for adults with IDD and host site for the ASU chapter, also brought a large group out to partake in the fun. With inflatable obstacle courses, tandem bicycle rides, a DJ, food provided by the Al’s Diner food truck, and even live music from local rock band LANE CHANGE, there were plenty of options for students, buddies and athletes alike to rub shoulders and share a wonderful day of fun and friendship.
“I couldn’t be more inspired by the incredible individuals in this organization,” Heffron said. “I am so thankful to be a part of it.”