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"Chase the Push" fundraising event announced for Tahoe adaptive athlete to reach South Pole

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Keoki Flagg/Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.comAdaptive athlete Grant Korgan training in Spitsbergen, Norway in May. Korgan is currently in Antarctica with the Push Expedition team, bidding to be the first adaptive athlete to reach the South Pole while raising awareness for activity-based recovery.
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TAHOE, Calif. – Adaptive athlete Grant Korgan took his first sit-ski push on frozen Antarctic ground Jan. 7. Korgan is attempting to become the first adaptive athlete in history to reach the South Pole. He hopes to achieve this goal on the 100-year anniversary of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition arrival. Korgan estimates it will require 250,000 arm pushes to reach the pole.

“For me, each stroke is a full-on exhausting muscle recruitment and utilization. I can propel myself approximately 2 feet per stroke. To go 100 miles to reach the Pole, I am going to need to do 250,000 total push. I’ll be pushing 10 hours a day, for 10 straight days,” Korgan said.

On Saturday, Jan. 14, Gallery Keoki and Chase International are hosting “Chase the Push” from 6-8:30 p.m., fundraising for the expedition and its affiliate nonprofit foundation, High Fives Nonprofit Foundation. The program, hosted by the Push team’s film director Steven Siig at Gallery Keoki in Squaw Valley, includes a live satellite phone call from the team in Antarctica just days before they reach to the south pole. Cuts of Siig’s upcoming full-length documentary film will be previewed. Food and drinks will be served.

The Push is selling $10 “push” donations, with the mission to reach 250,000 supported pushes. Online donations are available at http://www.southpolepush.com. To attend the “Chase the Push” event, please RSVP to info@gallerykeoki.com.

“The Push” is in support of the High Fives Foundation, a California-based 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to help winter athletes suffering life-altering injuries get back on their feet, and ideally, back to their sport. Learn more at http://www.HighFivesFoundation.org.

“The Push” is also in support of The Reeve – Irvine Research Center, a science research facility at University of California, Irvine devoted to the study of repair, regeneration and recovery of function after spinal cord injury. Learn more at http://www.reeve.uci.edu.

To learn about sponsorship opportunities and follow “The Push” journey visit http://www.southpolepush.com.

– Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com