For those of you maybe getting tired of my notes, I have good news: this is my final update for 2021.
As the Great Cycle Challenge is coming to an end, here are some overall final stats. In 2021, with 40,744 people joining this movement and pedaling 4,322,225 miles, there was $13,210,751 raised to fight kids' cancer.
With some donations in the last few days coming my way, I ended with 60 great sponsors contributing an amazing $7500.
So the big question is: Will I do it next year? As most of you know me pretty well, I think you know the answer. But maybe the quote from Teddy Roosevelt helps: "Let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out."
And just one more picture.
Here we are at the end of September and the Great Cycle Challenge is coming to a close in a few days. I will share the overall stats for the total challenge during October but I would like to send along some items now.
I did meet my goal of 200 miles - getting 202 miles in. I did this in 9 days, mainly on weekends. This past weekend was filled with a few family events, so no biking.
Relative to the dollars donations, with all of your help, we were 60th in the nation, 6th in the state, 2nd on my team and 11th in the 66-75 year old group. There were over 40,000 partipcants this year.
In looking back, in my first 3 years (2017-2019) on this challenge, the total raised was around $5000. Last year for 2020 the total was $5163. So my goal for 2021 was one more dollar than 2020 - $5164. And I am so proud of the way that you, 56 sponsors, donated $7334 this year to focus on this mission to kick cancers' butt. This also brings our 5 year total on this challenge to over $17,500. I am speechless.
I did have alot of fun this year riding and keeping you updated. I had all of you, along with my friends Pat and Tim, in my thoughts as I peddled along.
2 items for today:
Today is Kelly’s birthday – 39 years old (yes, really). Yeah, I remember when…..
And this morning, I achieved my miles goal for the Great Cycle Challenge. No, I didn’t do 39 miles to celebrate Kelly’s birthday, but close since I only needed a few less to get to my goal.
Although I did ride solo today, there were many with me. The 53 people who sponsored me this year “rode” along on my list, stopping for photos both on the north end and south end. And 2 others were riding with me – Pat, as I am riding in his memory & Tim C, my biking buddy who would have been along with me on our favorite trail.
So a big thanks to all of you who have said a prayer and/or donated to this cause for kid’s cancer. And thanks to so many who have been along with us since 1982 as we celebrate Kelly’s birthday.
For whatever reason yesterday after my ride and some other stuff, I just felt out of it ( yes, I know how old I am). And told myself to just take a break from biking today.
But during the night, I thought - these kids with cancer ( and other long term health issues) and their families don't get to take a day off because they're tired.
So I got out there early, did a longer ride with only one stop ( yes, picture taking), saw a few Great Cycle Challenge jerseys along the way and had a fun ride, music playing loudly. And arrived at 75% of my miles goal as Week #2 is almost done.
All in the effort to raise awareness for kids cancer and raise a few dollars. Thanks!