Wow, what an incredible weekend we had! This is my favorite season for so many reasons including the warm sunny days free of humidity followed by cool crisp nights and the subtle fall coloring that is settling in.
But this year we added a new reason to the list. On Saturday, we rode our first Bike MS: City to Shore Ride. It was a wonderful experience. A tradition that we’re hoping to continue year after year.
Just one year ago, Ryan and I went to Ocean City, NJ on this particular day to see what the ride was all about. MS was completely new to us. Ryan’s diagnosis was all of about 2 weeks old and we were still wrapping our heads around what Multiple Sclerosis is and would mean for us. Immediately we thought that we needed to get behind this cause and rally a team to ride with us.
We came up with a solid team of 10. We had 8 riders on Team Recanize. Six of us did the initial 25 mile ride. And 2 of our team members went the distance with the 150 mile round trip from Cherry Hill, NJ to Ocean City and back! They made us look good!
Plus, we had 2 team volunteers who rallied at the finish line. This event wouldn’t be possible with out all of the volunteers along the route.
I think we did pretty darn good for a rookie, start-up team. Between the 10 of us we raised over $6000 toward the overall fund of over $5 million. $6000! I’m so proud of all of my friends and family who rode with us and also those who made generous donations making our team possible.
On a personal note, I have to admit that a 25 mile bike ride is not something that I would’ve thought I’d accomplish just a few years ago. I’m not terribly athletic and have always had to work hard toward this sort of thing. I’m more comfortable as a beach cruiser. But this was an important goal for me. Crossing that finish line felt like such an accomplishment on so many levels. #recanize
Ryan, on the other hand, could have done laps around me and will most likely go more than 25 miles next year. It’s been a crazy year and I’m so proud of him too. Here he is channeling his inner BMX rider…or something.
We’ll be back in 2014! Bigger, better and definitely branded. Stay tuned, friends!