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POTH Goes Over The Edge

Adding to our versatility of events, Puttin' on the Hitz joined Joe Hogan and the Train to Inspire team on Saturday, August 6, 2022 for their Over the Edge event at Elsie Mason Manor in downtown Des Moines. More than 25 athletes endured the 90+ temps and rappelled down the 17-story building for a chance to make history. This is the second consecutive year TTI has hosted this event at Elsie Mason, and POTH has emceed and provided the tunes both times. Joining Michael Scott at this year's event was Alyx Sacks from KCCI TV .

In addition to the rappelling, the day concluded with the first of its kind event in North America, the Train to Inspire Sky Race. This added a significant degree of difficulty as 8 athletes raced up the 17-story building. Yes, you heard that right, unlike rappelling where the athlete goes down the structure, the Sky Race Involves even more skill and endurance as the athletes try to reach the top in the fastest time. Participating in this year's Sky Race was Bettina Dolinsek, the first ever totally blind athlete to scale a skyscraper using special ascending gear. What an awesome accomplishment for Bettina and for those of us fortunate to see her in action.

Train to Inspire is a Des Moines based non-profit whose mission is to make seemingly impossible a reality for people with disabilities. According to their founder, Joe Hogan, "We give these individuals opportunities and life experiences many of them have been told-and have previously thought-they would never be able to do."

Athletes Rappelling down the 17-Story Elsie Mason Apartments

Michael Scott and Alyx Sacks

TTI Founder, Joe Hogan (center) and volunteer, Tracy Keninger, talk to local news reporter at Over the Edge event on August 6, 2022

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