Born and raised in San Diego, California, Ian Mackay was an avid cyclist and outdoorsman.  Ian rode everywhere by bicycle, even to attend classes at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  In 2008, Ian was cycling after class when he lost control of his bicycle and crashed.  The impact caused Ian to sever his C2 vertebrae, leaving him paralyzed from his neck down.  Ian went to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Rehab for his therapies; his parents were by his side the entire time so they could learn how to take care of a quadriplegic.  Shortly after being discharged, Ian and his parents moved to Washington.  For years, he didn’t socialize or believe there was life after injury.  It wasn’t until he met other quadriplegics that he began to adventure outdoors again.  With help from other quadriplegics, Ian learned how to modify his sip and puff power wheelchair to allow him to access his cell phone and the Internet.  The outdoors and trails became Ian’s therapy.  He became knowledgeable of the local trails and he wanted to pursue other trails; Ian’s Ride was born.  On August 13, 2016, Ian “sip-n-puffed” from Port Angeles, Washington riding 350 miles of bike paths, trails, and roads for 11 days to his destination of Portland, Oregon.  Along the way, he stopped to visit local politicians, hot spots and restaurants.  Ian’s mission is to educate and advocate about outdoor accessibility in Washington and around the country.  It was such a successful ride Ian is now speaking to politicians and colleges about the importance of having safe and accessible trails for all.  For more info on Ian Mackay and Ian’s Ride, please visit:

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