Date(s) - 05/13/2019 - 05/20/2019
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The San Juan Women’s Clinic is a collaborative adventure between two non-profits, Adaptive Sports Association (ASA) and Team River Runner (TRR). Eight female veterans with a documented disability (of any kind) are selected through an application process where TRR chapter coordinators encourage participants from their chapter to apply along with any ASA participant recommendations. The participants along with female guides and volunteers make up a total group of around 15 to come together as a team to navigate 55 miles of beautiful San Juan River while camping for a five-day stretch. There is a large focus on leadership and teamwork throughout the clinic and everyone works together and steps up as a leader in different ways depending on the individual’s skills and capabilities. The group works as a whole to set up camp, cook meals, and each person has the opportunity to paddle the river using rafts, paddleboards, inflatable kayaks, and hard-shell kayaks. The daily fireside chats are an important key to the success of the clinic where a leadership module is laid out and the team has specific goals to resonate with each day. This clinic is extremely unique and it can be hard to describe the benefits of the experience. After the 2018 clinic, participant Bridgette Ruppenthal said, “This trip gave me hope. This trip inspired me. This trip saved my life. The five days on the San Juan with this amazing group of women reignited my flame.”
The 2019 trip will take place May 13-20.
For more information, contact Brandy Brune at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.teamriverrunner.org.