The idea of the Lifepoints Adventure Grant came to us pretty simply. It went something like this:
[afternoon run on the river loop by Picky HQ]
“Supporting pro athletes is great, but what about all the non-pro people doing cool sh*t?”
“Like everyone posting #lifepoints pics?! Some of those are seriously rad.”
“Totally! How can we feed those non-competitive dreams?”
Bam. Adventure Grants. Sometimes ideas just come that easily. (on runs and in the shower, mostly…)
Thanks to an admittedly bigger-than-expected response, choosing winners for the three Adventure Grants was incredibly difficult. Double black diamond, 5.13, first hard run at altitude kind of difficult. We had almost 200 applications come in from all corners of the continent, ranging from sentimental family trips to intrinsic personal missions to break-instagram-with-adventure-envy once-in-a-lifetime excursions. So many deserving trips, and even more we desperately wanted to tag along on.
[Confession: It was too hard to only choose three, so we’re sending a few runner-up prizes out for those we really wanted to nudge out the door. Not sure if management or finance knows about this yet, so if you’re reading, uh, that’s why we went over budget. Sorry! (not really, we’d definitely do it again…)]
So without further ado, we’re proud to announce our three Lifepoints Adventure Grant winners below. We’ll be sharing parts of their trips in different ways so we can all live vicariously through them, and can’t wait
Frank Bouchard & Kerry Regan (Manhattan, KS)
Kaw River Community Paddle – August 13th, 20th, 27th
Pamela & Lauren Jimison (El Dorado Hills, CA)
San Francisco Foodie Tour – July 29th
How to follow: Look for a guest post from Lauren on The Scoop!
Luke Kelly & Marina Soucy (Red Hook, NY)
Van Life on Iceland’s Ring Road – August 12th-22nd
Lastly, shout out to Nicole Antoinette, main conspirator of the Lifepoints Adventure Grant idea, who’s tackling her own big scary dream adventure next month – backpacking the 460 miles of Oregon PCT!
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