SUPPORT DISABLED ATHLETES

BY DONATING TO RETURN TO DIRT, YOU ARE HELPING RE-UNITE A DISABLED ATHLETE WITH THE PART OF THEMSELVES THAT CAN ONLY BE FOUND IN NATURE.

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A COLORADO NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION

MISSION:

Provide equipment and instruction for individuals with disabilities to pilot off-road vehicles into backcountry areas otherwise impossible to access because of a mobility impairment

FUNDRAISING:

Return to Dirt is actively raising money to purchase equipment, adapt vehicles, and run trips this  summer. Donate to help R2D impact disabled athletes by providing positive outdoor experiences and take them farther than the end of the pavement.

RETURN TO DIRT:

A SOLUTION TO OUTDOOR ACCESSIBILITY

The adaptive motorsports program that puts disabled individuals behind the wheel of their own adventure.

As a byproduct of disability, many of our athletes are restricted to certain daily driven vehicles, like mini vans and sedans, for accessibility. This fact limits their capabilities to access the natural areas those without disability recreate in. We provide adapted off-road vehicles to allow disabled athletes to independently take themselves back to the Dirt.

Whether it’s just to twist throttle, or to see the sights, there is no wrong reason for physically impaired athletes to access their dreams off the beaten path. 

we can help a fly fisherman get to a secluded lake or a photographer to a blooming high mountain meadow. The dreams of recreation in nature can be simply made through the use of adaptive equipment and support.

LETTER FROM A DIRECTOR

On November 18th, 2014, I watched Tim (R2D Founder) land off-balance and crash while skiing in the backcountry near the town of Crested Butte. It wasn’t immediately apparent what was wrong, but there was no chance we were going to get out without help. The fact that we could even place an emergency call for help is a miracle.
 
For the ensuing hours, we sat together in the snow waiting patiently for search and rescue to arrive. The birds were chirping, the sky was blue to perfection and despite the low battery notification ringing every few minutes on my Samsung slider phone, we maintained conversation. Friends, powder days, microeconomics homework and Sudoku are the subjects of conversation that stand out. Rescue eventually arrived and quickly called a helicopter—the first sure-sign that this indeed was a situation too heavy for either of us to comprehend. 
 
Later that night I learned, alongside his family and friends, that Tim was paralyzed. I remember crying, being incredibly confused and wondering what the life of a quadriplegic could possibly look like. What I did know was that this was not going to be the end of our friendship, that this was not the death of Tim’s persevering character and that I would support him in whatever way I could going forward.  

 

After Tim was transferred to Craig Hospital in Denver, friends and I would drive down from Gunnison to visit whenever possible. As Tim progressed, these visits moved to his home in Glenwood Springs. We would sit around a table in his house, maybe go out to eat, and share time together. Despite being excited to see his progress, I left these visits sad. I was sad because our experiences together were now contained to highly-controlled environments—a stark difference to the go-getting, push-each-other-to-the-limits relationship we had built since meeting in the dorms our freshman year of college.

 

Every visit I was inspired to see Tim’s increased strength and fluency with the mobility he has, and I figured these physical improvements would be the main dimension of his progress for the foreseeable future. Around the two-year anniversary of the accident, I visited for Thanksgiving and a truck named “Big Horny” had replaced the wheelchair-accessible minivan Tim’s family had been using. “Big Horny” is big, badass and instead of rolling Tim into the back of the minivan, we were transferring him out of his chair and into the driver’s seat of a truck. I have never been a motorhead, but sitting in the passenger seat of this rig with Tim at the wheel was an undeniable turning point. He was picking the routes through the mountains, he was initiating the roosts, he was controlling the speed and he was doing it as if he had no impairment at all. Off-roading with Tim was a return to the same fun we had skiing together in environments much more akin to those we build our friendship in. Instead of leaving these visits sad, I would leave stoked and wondering what adventure we would be able to go on next.
I knew Tim would make the very most of whatever hand he was dealt, but I wasn’t always sure of what that was going to be. Return to Dirt has answered that question. I couldn’t be more proud of Tim, his accomplishments and his drive to share his passions with others. Like we always used to say: “If you aren’t going hard, you aren’t going anywhere.”
-Peter, Board Member

TEAM

RETURN TO DIRT

Tim Burr - Founder

Founder of Return to Dirt, Tim decided that he would bring adaptive motorsports to other disabled athletes after realizing that driving his truck was an activity that he could do just as well as he could before becoming a quadriplegic. He’s known for fart jokes and avoiding schoolwork so he can spend more time pushing the limits of his stock pickup in the woods.

Brandon Martinez - Vice President

Tim Burr’s left handed, right hand man. Brandon and Tim grew up together in Glenwood Springs, Colorado taking advantage of everything the small mountain town had to offer. While getting his degree in Health and Exercise Science and Business, he also dedicated himself to learning more about Spinal Cord Injuries. He spends his free time outside and eating kale.

Deatra Glock - Secretary

#deatsthepunisher is the glue that holds Return to Dirt together. Known for her explicit time management and no bull attitude she holds the Secretary position at R2D. She stays busy otherwise in the mountains any way possible with her dog Jane.

Justine Arnold - Treasurer

Bonjour! Hailing from France, we are proud to call Justine our resident CPA and tax dork. She graduated from Western State Colorado University with a double Major in Business Administration and Accounting. She brings much financial expertise and resources to our team at RTD. When she’s not spending absurd amounts of time preparing tax returns, she enjoys shopping, being outdoors, and scoffing at American croissants.

Peter Noon - Board Member

Peter (aka PFN aka Dad) is an Alaskan transplant who earned a degree in Psychology and Business Administration from Western State Colorado University. He has since stretched his wings by accepting a full-time position in the school’s marketing department. Being one of the rare knuckle-draggers with a 401k, Peter has redefined the term “professional snowboarder.” But seriously, his reliability, thoughtfulness and positivity are indispensable assets to R2D’s board. Fun fact: Peter is a lifelong pescatarian (not to be confused with Presbyterian).

Luke Arnold - Board Member

Luke doesn’t just bring his good looks and flowing locks to our team, he also brings his outstanding sense of humor, immense intelligence, riveting dedication, and impressive athleticism. Combining these attributes with his education in Business, Marketing, Sports Psychology and experience in management and marketing has led him to slightly above average accomplishments throughout his life. Included in these accomplishments is sitting on the Board of Directors of Return to Dirt.

Dylan Hagan - Board Member

Dylan is a first generation Colorado native who currently lives in Lake Tahoe. As a graduate of Sierra Nevada College with degrees in Ski Business and Outdoor Adventure Leadership, he is well versed in the mountain bum lifestyle. Currently he is trying to ditch the rent payment and adopt the “home is where you park it” mentality. Dylan is passionate about all things dirt as well as a new found addiction to fly fishing. He hopes to use his outdoor guide skills to connect return to dirt athletes to the landscapes they love.